CAPC Top Ten Cities Reports

CAPC Top Ten Cities Reports: What They Are, and Why They Should Matter to You

Pets across the country are constantly at risk for parasitic diseases. That’s why the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) works with veterinarians to help protect the health of pets. As part of this mission, CAPC monitors and reports emerging parasitic threats.

The CAPC Top Ten Cities Lists is the latest part of this effort. Through this program, CAPC highlights and ranks metro areas that have experienced the greatest increases in specific parasitic diseases each month.

Cities in each ranking are often spread out across the United States and may change from month to month. These rankings illustrate how vector-borne diseases (those transmitted to animals or people by parasites) are dynamic and can expand beyond areas that are typically thought of as hot spots for specific diseases.

CAPC intends for the Top Ten Cities Lists to prompt conversations between veterinarians and pet owners about the importance of annual testing and year-round prevention.

Currently, CAPC is providing Top Ten Cities Lists for the following disease:

Canine Heartworm
Mosquitoes transmit heartworms, the parasite that causes heartworm disease. Areas that tend to have warmer climates and stable bodies of water, such as lakes and rivers, or stagnant (standing) containers of water around homes experience higher numbers of mosquitoes that can transmit the parasite.

The notable increases in positive heartworm tests in pets in these Top Ten Cities and surrounding areas may have been caused by local exposure or exposure during travel.

As pointed out by CAPC board member Dr. Michael Yabsley, “What our monthly rankings show is that heartworm disease is a national threat, and pets are vulnerable to this disease in almost every community across the country.” This is why CAPC recommends year-round protection of pets against heartworm disease, regardless of where pets reside.