There are a number of ways that most pet owners work on to ensure their pet always enjoys optimal health. Vaccinations, of course, are an essential choice; researching the right diet is also beneficial; worming is a must; and then there’s the constant need for regular flea and tick prevention, especially in our Grantsburg/Wild River area.
Thanks to a variety of innovations regarding spot-on treatments, tick and flea prevention is simpler now than it has ever been before - much to the relief of pet owners the world over. However, there is some confusion amongst even the most dedicated of pet owners as to when these treatments should be used and - most particularly - whether they are still necessary during the cooler seasons.
What happens to fleas and ticks during fall?
There is no doubt that fleas and ticks are more active during the warmer months of the year, and particularly in summer. The warm weather helps to encourage breeding, and many pet owners will ensure their pet is fully protected during this time.
However, fleas and ticks don’t suddenly vanish from the world the moment September rolls around. They may be found in lower numbers, but they’re still there. Fleas and ticks are accomplished at using various outdoor features for shelter; they’ll nestle beneath a wood pile, warm themselves under the cover of leaves, or even make their way into your home to take advantage of your central heating. While their numbers do fall, and breeding becomes less frequent, they’re still in the world - and that means your pet still needs to be protected against them.
How do I protect my pets from fleas and ticks?
There are no new or special measures required to protect your pet from fleas and ticks during fall; the same trustworthy products you rely on during the spring and summer are still more than capable of handling the task. There are a variety of preventatives available here, so after our veterinarians have helped in choosing the best option for your pet, it's easy to keep your pet protected.
If your pet has been treated for fleas and ticks, much of your work is complete - though it’s still worth keeping an eye out for signs of infestation. While these irritating pests won’t be able to do any damage to your pets if your pet has been treated, fleas and ticks can still hitch a ride on your pet’s fur and make their way into your home. If you see any fleas, or even experience bites yourself, then you may want to consider contacting a pest control specialist for further advice.
Is the medication to prevent fleas and ticks safe for my pet?
The FDA came out with an alert on September 20, 2018 that some pets experienced neurological adverse effects while on oral flea/tick preventives. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but we want you to know that we take the health of your pets very seriously. When we recommend a product, we only do so after knowing the full health history of your furry family member. As your trusted veterinarian, we consider many factors, including overall health, lifestyle, age, previous adverse reactions to medications, etc, before suggesting a product which would assist in keeping your pet parasite-free.
We are following this alert closely and will keep you informed as we continue to learn more.
It would be handy if fleas and ticks were to suddenly vanish during fall, but unfortunately, the natural world isn’t quite so convenient. As a result, you should continue to use flea and tick treatments through fall and into winter; it’s the best way of ensuring your beloved pet’s continued health and happiness.
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