With the winter months in full swing, some pet owners might become more relaxed about giving their dogs their monthly flea and tick preventative pet drugs. Although the cold weather does pose less of a threat in terms of infestation in some parts of the nation, in the northern two thirds of the country, flea season doesn’t spark until late fall. Because of this, pets in this part of the U.S. may actually be more at risk of getting fleas once the cold air arrives.
If you become more lax with your dog’s Frontline Plus or Revolution flea and tick preventative medications during the winter, it may end up causing you more headache down the line should they become infested with the parasites. In many cases pets pick up these critters during late fall when traipsing through leaves on the ground, where insects often hide. While hiding there, it’s easy for them to hitch a ride on dogs or other animals legs as they go for walks with their owners on their Flexi Retractable Leash. Fleas can be a problem up until New Years, though an infestation can plague the home year round.
Figuring out your pup has gotten fleas can take some time, so the problem can continue to fester on them and in your home and yard long before you discover the infestation. If you have been forgetful with Fido’s flea medication this winter, you may benefit from checking it over using pet products such as a Resco Pro-Series Flea Comb that easily allows you to get a good look at your dog’s coat and skin. If you notice any unwanted parasites, you might want to bath it using flea killing dog shampoo like Be Flea Free Shampoo which contains natural ingredients such as peppermint and clove that work to repel and kill fleas and mosquitoes. Once you’ve taken certain precautions you should also bring the dog to the vet’s office for a thorough look over. The vet might also suggest you start the dog on its monthly medication -and make sure to stick to it, in order to avoid pesky problems down the line.
Cleaning your dog and keeping it on medication is only half the battle when warding off fleas, ticks and other pests. If your pooch recently had a problem with fleas, you might also need to clean your home thoroughly to avoid the infestation from getting worse. Using a fogger like the Bio Spot Fogger may do the trick as this product can keep your home free of fleas, spiders, ticks ants and cockroaches for up to 7 months. Make sure to keep all of your pets out of the home while you spray the rooms – it typically covers 6,000 cubic feet.