Fleas During Winter

Fleas in the wintertime? Fleas and bugs may be more numerous during the summer months, but they can still show up during the winter?

With my family having an assortment of pets (six cats and three dogs, to be precise), I know that those types of pets should be given flea treatment once a month. While this may seem like common logic during the summer months, what about during the winter months? Is it okay for pet owners to give flea treatment a break during the winter season? The verdict is…

No! While fleas may not seem like problems during the coldest part of the year, they can be. It is especially important to continue these treatments if your pet suffers from flea allergic dermatitis, or from flea allergies. Flea Allergic Dermatitis is the most common skin disease in our furry friends. While the allergy usually develops when they’re between one and five years old, it can occur at any age. The allergy comes from the fleas’ saliva, and it usually affects the lower body of the animal. Symptoms include severe itching and scratching, hair loss, and scabbing on your furry friend’s skin—not very comfortable during a cold, dry winter!

If you have concerns about your pet having fleas or flea allergies, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your animal doctor will be able to make a diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment. This will likely include a routine flea treatment that should be used throughout the year, even during those cold winter months.

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