Every Season Is Parasite Season

While the risk of parasite infestation does increase with rising temperatures, you can’t count on cooler weather to keep your pets and the rest of your family safe. Especially with the ongoing expansion of tick populations in Canada.

But ticks (and the nasty diseases they can carry) are not the only problem. Other external parasites that should concern you are fleas.

Then there are internal parasites – those small organisms that love to live in the intestines, stomach and other internal organs of pets. Internal parasites to worry about include heartworm and intestinal worms.

WHEN ARE PARASITES ACTIVE?

TICKS: Ticks can be active whenever the temperature is above freezing (0°C). When they’re active they can spread Lyme disease.

FLEAS: Fleas are active when the temperature is above 13°C, but indoors they can be active year-round!

HEARTWORM: Heartworm can be spread by mosquitoes whenever the temperature is above 14°C.

INTESTINAL WORMS: Some intestinal worm eggs can survive in the environment at ANY temperature.

With the above in mind, you can understand why it’s important to make sure your pets are protected throughout the year.

PARASITES AND SEASONS

During the summer months (June, July and August) as well as the fall months (September, October and November) the following parasites and diseases pose a real risk to pets:

  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Heartworm
  • Lyme Disease
  • Intestinal Worms

During the winter months (December, January and February) the following parasites and diseases pose a real risk to pets:

  • Ticks
  • Lyme Disease
  • Intestinal Worms

During the spring months (March, April and May) the following parasites and diseases pose a real risk to pets:

  • Ticks
  • Lyme Disease
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Fleas (less risk in March)

YEAR-ROUND PROTECTION IS VITAL

So, as you can see, year-round protection against the majority of parasites and diseases mentioned above is imperative.

The best way to protect your pets and the rest of your family is appropriate parasite control products suited to your pets. Factors to consider include age, location, health status and lifestyle.

Opting for a comprehensive treatment that protects against the most common kinds of parasites may be your best option, but be sure to consult your veterinarian as well.

Related Articles

Are You Fighting Fleas? Read Now

FAQs About Heartworm in Pets Read Now

Fleas, Ticks, Lice and Mites on Cats Read Now

Tackling Ticks and Fleas in Your Garden Read Now

An Overview: Control of Feline Parasites Read Now

Common Canine Fleas and Ticks in Canada Read Now

Worms in Cats: Intestinal Parasitic Infection Read Now

How Tapeworms Affect Pets and Their Owners Read Now

Are Cats More at Risk for Worms in Warmer Weather Read Now

Kittens and Intestinal Parasites: Symptoms and Causes Read Now

Protect Your Dogs Against the Danger of Mosquitoes this Summer Read Now

side_slide2
side_slide1
previous arrow
next arrow
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
error: Content is protected !!