It’s easy to think that with winter being such an unfriendly and inhospitable season, there’s no reason to worry about things such as ticks and fleas during the colder months. However, that is not true.
Although you may feel like spending your day under covers and relaxing, ticks and fleas still go about their pesky business, regardless of the temperatures they have to do it in.
Don’t ticks and fleas disappear in winter?
Ticks and fleas are much more resilient than people would like to give them credit for. These guys can tough it out with the best of them, so it’s best not to let your guard down when it comes to fighting them. It’s almost as if nature tries to balance the annoyance – take away the mosquitoes but leave the ticks and fleas behind.
If you have any preventative measures that you like to stick to, continue practicing them, even when you feel like there is no way a tick or flea would possibly be jumping or moving around when your toes are freezing, and there’s snow everywhere you look outside.
As a pet owner, seeing their dog scratching and biting and getting skin reactions because of fleas and ticks, there are few things as hated as these tiny pests. If you needed an excuse to keep hating them even during winter – now you have one: they won’t give you even a few weeks of care-free bliss.
So does my dog need flea and tick prevention in the winter? Yes. Now let's take a look at what these pests are and what you can do about it.
Fleas can survive in surprisingly low temperatures, and if they catch a ride with a warm body, even better. The dog or cat carrying them inside will introduce them to your home that has been warmed up and is perfect for some winter breeding. And once they’ve started breeding, you know it’s going to be a battle getting rid of all of them.
Although most people like to believe that ticks actually die when that first frost has come, that’s not as true as you’d hope. Sure, they can become less active, but most of them simply search for nice and warm hosts and wait winter out.
Many of them live in homes and dog kennels all through the year, celebrating when people neglect to look out for them because it’s so cold outside.
Add to that the fact that it’s not only pets that carry ticks – deer and wild turkey carry ticks as well, and these pests have made their way out of wooded areas and into suburbs and cities.
Infected animal buddies
Keep in mind that just because you are a good pet owner, that does not mean your neighbors or the owners of the pets in parks are. When taking your four-footed pal for a walk, you are exposing it to so many occasions for fleas and ticks to find their way onto them and into their fur.
As a loving dog owner, just forget about ever stopping using medication and preventative measures when it comes to your pet.
You should look at it out of a different perspective. If you were a blood-thirsty pest that needs to feed on warm hosts to survive, would you stop doing that just because it’s a little chilly out? Neither would fleas or ticks.
Keep at the vacuuming and shampooing
It would be best for you and your dog if you just continue to regularly vacuum with the intent of keeping fleas and ticks out of your home. And don’t stop using the treatments you’ve been using all summer and spring to fight off and keep away ticks and fleas. They don’t take a break, and neither should you. Your dog will thank you for your loving dedication. Or would have, if dogs could actually speak to us.
It may prove to be a massive inconvenience to shampoo your dog when it’s so cold, but if you use warm water, your dog might just enjoy it. If that’s not something you want to do, get a trusted flea or tick collar or invest in a good flea and tick drop.
You can also consider using a pill-based medication if you don’t want to get your pooch all wet and angry.
You can find chewable tablets that are great for killing fleas and ticks in less than an hour and is effective for an entire month.
Just keep in mind that if you have a puppy, these treatments could be dangerous for him or her. In that case, just stick to using a flea comb and visit your nearest veterinarian for the best approach.