Fleas, ticks, and worms are common issues for pets and their owners, especially in the spring and summer months. These pests can live on or in your dog or cat, and they can track the bugs into your home, causing further issues. Always talk to a vet about tick and flea treatment before the weather gets warm. The following guide offers details about how to keep your pets and household as safe as possible.
Why Does Your Pet Need Flea, Tick, & Worm Prevention This Spring?
How Weather Affects Parasites
Parasites thrive when the weather is warm. Ticks like humidity, so a summer filled with high precipitation and lots of moisture in the air will make them more prevalent. In the Midwest, tick season begins in late April and continues through October. The ideal temperature for both fleas and ticks is between 70 and 85 degrees, so spring is the best time to get your pet on preventative treatments. Other parasites that do well in warm weather include Giardia and intestinal parasites, like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Pets are likely to spend more time outdoors during the spring and summer months. Owners may take dogs to the beach or park, encountering more pests than normal. They may also play with other pups that aren’t on preventative medications, which makes them more susceptible to contracting fleas or parasites. Even if your cat doesn’t hang out in the yard, humans can carry fleas and ticks inside a home after spending time outside.
How to Prevent Fleas, Ticks, & Worms
Ensure your pet doesn’t encounter any parasites this spring by giving them tick, worm, and flea treatments. These keep kitties and pups healthy and stop any pests in their tracks. There are various ways to administer a treatment, whether it’s in the form of a topical ointment, chewable treat, or pill you can put in their food. Talk to a veterinarian about whether your pet needs these preventative measures all year-round.
Keep your yard tidy, and pick up dog waste as soon as possible. Parasites, like worms, often show up in waste, which can infect the lawn. Always keep your house clean so it’s harder for fleas or ticks to hide. Regularly vacuuming the carpets will help get rid of any pests living in the fibers.
Wards Corner Animal Hospital is the go-to clinic for making sure your pet is in good health. Located in Loveland, OH, resident veterinarian Dr. Timothy Henehan has over 35 years of experience. Make sure your pet is ready for spring and summer with proper worm, tick, and flea treatment. We offer a manufacturer rebate for these medications. Call (513) 683-2883 to set up an appointment for your cat or dog.