Vets recommend keeping dogs and cats on year-round flea treatment simply because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Although many species die out or go dormant during the winter months, fleas and ticks are still out there and filled with diseases that could be harmful to your pets. Therefore, it’s always best to make sure your pets are protected.
Although these pests are year-round threats no matter where you live, the American Kennel Club has a great map of the country’s flea and tick seasons by state. You can see the map for yourself, but suffice it to say that there are only three states that list flea season between May and October/November. The majority of the states in the U.S. have flea seasons running from March or April until December, and in most of the southern and West Coast states, there is a risk all year due to the climate.
Several perks come from protecting your pets from fleas and ticks all year long. For starters, you can often get yearly or other medications at a cheaper cost instead of only treating for a few months at a time. And even if it does cost a bit more, it will ensure that your pets are protected from anything that they might encounter, including the many diseases and bacteria carried by fleas and ticks.
Year-round treatment also ensures that your dog won’t pick up fleas from passing animals that are still infested, even if you think everything has gone dormant for the season. And if you move into a new house that wasn’t properly treated for fleas, you won’t have to worry about your pets getting any because they’ve got treatment.
Too often, people feel like they “can’t afford” flea and tick treatment. Some options can be a bit expensive, but if you talk to your vet, they will work with you to come up with an affordable solution. The fact is that you can’t afford to go without it because it could lead to serious health issues and potential diseases in your pet.
The bottom line? Get your pets treated for fleas and ticks and make sure they’re treated for the entire year, no matter where you live. It’s far better to be safe than sorry, and prevention is always easier than trying to react to a problem. Contact Dog Training Now Charleston to learn more!
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