Unfortunately, there are many types of ticks, mosquitoes, and insects that can make life more tough for your pet. These parasites are present both inside and outdoors, all year round, however become common during the spring and autumn months. These tiny creatures find a home on the bodies of pets causing great inconvenience and irritation to them. Parasites can cause infection in pets if they are not sufficiently vaccinated against them. In addition to common parasites as above, there are also lesser-known parasites like roundworm and whipworm that can infect your cat and dog easily. Many times, infections caused by parasites are transferred from pets to human beings in close interaction. You can protect your pet, and your family, by taking your pet to our Eastside Veterinary Hospital where our veterinarians will develop a parasite control program customized to suit the conditions come across by your pet. Our veterinarians can carry out specific testing to diagnose the parasites upsetting the health of your pet. Parasite testing and veterinary examinations are necessary to design a parasite control plan for your pet, understanding that although some parasites are immediately visible others are not, and may not be visible to the human eye, no matter how detailed the examination. For example, a physical examination may fail to diagnose an intestinal parasite causing damage to your pet’s health, where a stool sample could certainly confirm the presence of those parasites quickly. We suggest our pet owners bring a stool sample from their pet along with them to their appointment, allowing us to identify possible parasites affecting the health of their pet rapidly and easily.