A new resource pack is now available to help vets talk about the responsible use of parasiticides for dogs and cats with clients, ensuring any negative impacts to pets, people and the planet are minimised.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) have collaborated to create a suite of client-facing communications including a leaflet, posters and a slideshow which can be displayed in practice waiting rooms.
With BVA research showing almost all (98%) companion animal vets are concerned about the impact of parasiticides on the environment, the veterinary associations are particularly keen to highlight the importance of using these products carefully, applying a risk-based approach, to help minimise environmental risks while still protecting animal and human health and welfare.
BVA senior vice president Justine Shotton said: “Parasiticides are important products when it comes to preventing and treating parasites. But it is important to remember the effect they can have if not used responsibly.
“New research from Imperial College London recently highlighted how chemicals used in parasiticides are being found in urban waterways, often in high enough levels to potentially cause harm, which is really worrying.
“Using them responsibly and educating clients around appropriate use is a real step in the right direction to help protect pets themselves, their owners, and the environment. We hope these resources will be useful tools to help vets to start conversations with clients to communicate how vital it is to use them appropriately and highlight the simple steps they can take to do so.”