As the holiday season is upon us and the temperatures are beginning to drop, many pet owners are weaning their pets off flea and tick preventatives. Contrary to popular belief, at these cooler temperatures the ticks and fleas have not yet died off.
Within the last two weeks, Connecticut's climate has been fluctuating dramatically with temperatures much higher than normal. NBC Connecticut's reporter, Cynthia Trivino contends that, "Last December 15th, the low in Hartford was 29 degrees, with a high of 47. Today’s low was 55 degrees and a high of 65 degrees." With warm days comes newly hatched ticks and fleas waiting for a host to walk by. In some cases, multiple snowfalls can create a perfect insulated atmosphere for these pesky critters to incubate and resurface as the snow melts.
The largest concern is that without flea and tick preventatives such as Frontline Plus and Vectra 3D, our pets will be exposed to tick-born diseases such as Lyme and Anaplasma as well as flea-born illnesses. That's why the gang at Oronoque Animal Hospital recommend using flea and tick prevention year round to keep your pets protected! Check out the link below to learn more about ticks and how to keep your furry loved ones safe all year round!
Eight Tips for Keeping Your Dog Free From Tick-Borne Diseases