Fleas and Ticks – Not just a summer concern Pet Owners

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There’s never a better time to think about flea and tick protection than right now. If you haven’t already spoken to your veterinary team about your pet’s exposure and the right options to protect them from these six and eight-legged invaders, now is the time!

While fleas are most common in the warmer months, there can be an explosion of activity in the colder months.  Fleas have been building up outdoors all year and the chance of having fleas come inside on a pet, on a person or as a visitor through an open window, door or screen increases.   Pets that go outdoors, or live with other pets that go outdoors, are at higher risk.  Effective flea prevention involves treating all cats and dogs in the home, not just some. Taking preventive action now means not having fleas as unwanted Christmas guests.

Ticks can be seen all year round. If your pet has exposure to ticks or tick habitats, they should be protected during the months where temperatures above zero degrees occur.

Talk to your veterinary team about your pet and the lifestyle factors that might put them at greater exposure.  Factors such as the number of pets in a home, exposure to the outdoors/wildlife, the areas where pets walk and play and the distribution of ticks and tick-borne diseases help determine what level, and what kind of flea/tick strategy is right for you and your pet.  Your veterinary team can help with recommendations for managing fleas, ticks and even mosquitoes.

 

SOURCE Canadian Animal Health Institute

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