Winter Flea Guide for You and Your Pet’s Welfare
This winter flea guide will help defy the common belief shared by most people that flea cannot survive during the winter time. On the contrary, fleas do thrive during the winter season, especially indoors. Most importantly, after a very wet winter in most areas and the weather starts to turn warm during spring, that’s when most flea and tick infestation is most likely to erupt.
That is why a year-round prevention and treatment campaign is best encouraged to help lessen, if not fully prevent, such thing from ever happening. This is especially alarming to know that our homes provide the perfect breeding spot for fleas because it provides enough warmth for the fleas to thrive and breed, regardless of the season. As they need warm temperature to survive, they can find a perfect spot to live on our bedding, inside our homes, and the yard
We cannot emphasize more what the presence of such creatures can do to our health, including that of our pet dogs and cats. They are the ones most vulnerable to these forms of attack, and it is necessary to start at your home and environment before they can start infesting our well-loved pets. The effect of the infestation on your pets, whether it is small or serious cases, can be damaging to your pet’s health. Some would start shedding hair, or suffer from irritation once infested with fleas. So, when you notice these symptoms, better head to your veterinarian and have the animal checked.
Once a flea infests, for example, your dog and they bite the animal’s body, the saliva of the insect will cause a reaction on the dog’s immune system. Then, substances called immunoglobulin will be produced and in turn cause the itching. Furthermore, it may also cause a chronic flea allergy which can be detected by tiny red bumps on the base of your dog’s tail, self-induced scratches, as well as thickened skin.
Other more serious, even life-threatening, diseases and infection that fleas can bring are the flea allergy dermatitis after suffering from a flea bite, hair loss and skin abrasions (also from a flea bite), tapeworms for your pets, and even anemia. Knowing the real threat it poses to everyone’s health, there is no other time to postpone the efforts to combat possible flea infestation.
Whenever you notice those symptoms appear, you must readily find a treatment for these allergies or consult with your veterinarian to know what form of treatment to use on your pets. There are several flea control products available on the market nowadays but each one have their own specifications, so never assume that they will all do the job.
One other thing that you need to consider is the extent of the dog’s problem. There is a pill that must be taken in order to remedy a dog’s condition, while there are also other topical solutions that may be applied onto your pet’s hair to kill adult fleas living in there. So, whether you are experiencing a hot, humid weather, or even during winter time, make sure to have any of these flea treatments ready just in case you might need them.
You must do so especially be extra cautious during humid weather because that is critical to the flea’s survival. More than taking proper care of your pets, taking care of your environment would also eliminate this problem. This winter flea guide puts together efforts to help ensure that you improve your housekeeping procedures at all times, no matter what time of the year.