Because we’ve had a mild fall so far, many have been spending more time outdoors. As it gets colder and pets are brought inside, it’s still important to check them for fleas and ticks.
As our temperatures get cooler we see fewer insects, so you might think that your pet can forego flea and tick preventatives until spring, but that’s not necessarily true.
Fall is the number one season for adult deer ticks. Ticks prefer to live in long grass so if you go hunting, hiking or just outside with your dog, they need to be protected. And that will protect you, too. Deer ticks spread Lyme disease, which can be just as much of a danger to humans as it is to pets.
Fleas are survivors. They can live through both excessive heat and cold. Flea eggs can lie dormant for up to a year until a host becomes available, then vibrations from walking, breathing, meowing can trigger a flea to hatch because they have a meal close by. Hatched in the fall and winter, fleas can thrive and infest a home because it’s all closed up.
So while you might save some pennies on the preventative, you might then have to deal with the parasites affecting your pet’s health, your own health and even your home.
Veterinarians agree that for the average healthy pet, the benefits of applying parasite preventatives outweigh any risks involved and will not only protect them, but will also help keep you healthy.