Risk of Common Parasitic Diseases in Dogs in Licking County, Ohio

 

Dogs can acquire many types of parasitic diseases and the rate of infection can vary based on where you live. For example, if you live in Ohio or different state, which county you live in such as Licking County, and can even vary between communities such as Newark, Granville, Heath, Hebron, or Buckeye Lake.

Granville Veterinary Clinic works to carefully monitor what is going on in Ohio and more specifically, Licking County, to help us be up to date with problems affecting and infecting your pets. This information allows us to develop plans to best protect your dog.

It can be difficult to determine the real rate of infection of canine parasitic diseases because there is no state or national group that monitors overall disease risk of disease or infection rates with accuracy. For many pets, tests are completed at individual veterinary clinics, such as Granville Veterinary Clinic, and other test samples are sent to state or national laboratories. Results of tests completed at local veterinary clinics are not reported to the state or national labs.

We monitor our own test results and have found data from CAPC to be an excellent source of information. CAPC, the Companion Animal Parasite Council, https://www.capcvet.org/ is an industry-sponsored group whose mission is to gather and publish information about common parasitic infections by location. This has been a very good source of information to help us determine risk in Licking County and the surrounding counties.

Common parasitic diseases we monitor include heartworm disease, tick borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis as well as various bowel parasites that include Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms.

Below is a list of infectious parasitic diseases that infect dogs in Licking County, Ohio that we monitor. For more information about the risk of a particular disease in Licking County, click on the link below.