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Flea Prevention is Still Important During the Winter

If you’re thinking of stopping your pet’s flea and tick treatments now that the weather’s turning cold, think again. Fleas are a threat year-round, even in colder climates, and leaving your pet exposed opens the door to all sorts of problems.

While adult fleas, flea larvae, and flea eggs cannot survive in very cold conditions, flea pupae can. This means that fleas never completely go away, not even after several months of cold temperatures. And many areas in the U.S. never get cold enough to completely wipe out adult fleas.

Additionally, fleas continue to thrive indoors, where it is warm, during the winter months. And no matter how much you vacuum and spray, it’s highly likely you’ve got a flea or two hiding in the cracks and corners of your home. All it takes is for one of those fleas to find your pet, lay a few eggs, and start a new infestation.

And while it might seem acceptable to wait until your pet gets fleas before treating to eliminate them, getting a flea infestation under control is difficult, timely, and expensive. Plus, there’s a lot of work involved in treating your home for fleas. It is much easier to prevent flea infestations, and the only reliable way of doing that is to protect your pet year-round from fleas.

Heartworms and Ticks Are Also Winter Threats

Fleas aren’t the only threat that hangs around after the temps drop. Heartworms and ticks remain threats all year, especially in warmer areas. Whether you use a combination product that protects against all three pests, or you use one or more products that protect against each threat individually, it’s essential to dose your pet every month of the year.

Even if you live in an area too cold for mosquitoes, the American Heartworm Society recommends year-round protection. All it takes is one bite with an infected mosquito to pass heartworms to your pet. Plus, year-round preventatives help prevent missed or forgotten doses.

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms all pose very serious risks to your cat or dog. Lyme disease, heartworm disease, flea bite allergies, and other serious conditions are all transmitted or caused by these parasites. Don’t leave your favorite furry friends vulnerable. Opt for year-round treatment with a preventative medication.

If you’re not sure what product to use on your pet, consult your veterinarian. Your pet needs a full examination before beginning treatment with a flea, tick, and heartworm medication. If you have a specific concern about treating your pet year-round, bring it up at your appointment.

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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Cinderheart December 27, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Great points. It’s easy to forget about those pesky insects during the winter, but that doesn’t mean they can’t harm our dogs!

  • alexis higginbotham September 7, 2016, 7:53 am

    The American Heartworm Society may recommend it, but giving your pets heartworm medication when the temps are below 50 degrees is a waste of your money. The particular mosquito that you’re trying to protect your pets from does not thrive in temps below 50 degrees. Drug manufacturers would love it if you bought their product all year round, but it definitely isn’t necessary in areas with cool winters.

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