Did you know that your veterinarian can help keep your child healthy? No we are not going to vaccinate your child or even give him or her a physical examination but rather by keeping your dogs and cats internal parasite free. You may be surprised to learn that the center for disease control estimates that upwards of 4000 Americans are affected by internal parasites every year. They commonly have contracted them from their pets. The numbers may actually be much higher because there is no mandate to report these cases. Prevention of these potentially serious infections can be achieved by simple routine de-worming of cats and dogs and good personal and environmental hygiene.