Generally speaking, humans like to compartmentalize various tasks by time of day, day of the week, and month of the year. Yes, there are items on the to-do list that only surface seasonally. We don’t tend to our garden patches in winter, for instance, or hang up holiday lights in August. But, there are some tasks that should be a year-round priority, and these include preventing parasites from harming your pet.
Contrary to popular belief, parasite prevention is important throughout the year, not just between the months of April and October.
Parasites are a common part of everyday life. They are simply everywhere. When they begin to negatively affect your pet (with symptoms ranging from annoying to life-threatening), or infect your family, these carriers of vector-borne illnesses must be eradicated.
We’re talking about the following parasites and the diseases they are responsible for spreading:
- Fleas – Typhus, plague, and they’re an intermediate host for tapeworms that can be spread to people
- Ticks – Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis
- Mosquitoes – Heartworm disease
Furthermore, we screen our patients for the following internal parasites during regular wellness visits.
Parasites like fleas and ticks can be excruciatingly hard to get a handle on (trust us, you do not want a flea infestation). While their sheer numbers decrease outdoors after the first frost, they can survive inside a home, feasting on pets and humans alike, for an entire winter in an uninterrupted life cycle.
Similarly, internal parasites, such as worms, can affect your pet any month of the year and you may not even realize it.
Parasite Prevention Always Wins
That’s why Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital recommends that pet owners administer monthly medication throughout the year to prevent any problems spread by parasites. This is a decidedly modern approach; no longer can we expect a flea collar to do the job. Besides, many pets travel to warmer climates in the winter, making year-round parasite prevention the safest method.
Of course, parasite prevention is not one-size-fits-all. Your pet’s lifestyle, pre-screening results, and vaccinations are taken into account, as well as your own methods to reduce transmission. If you aren’t doing these already, we recommend these tips:
- Maintain regular hand washing
- Reduce the time your pet is exposed to other pets
- Clean up feces daily
- Eliminate any standing water on your property (mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water)
- Cut back weeds or overgrowth where pests may gather
- Check your pet’s skin and fur for any signs of external parasites
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Our team is here to serve your pet every day of the year. If you have any questions or concerns about parasite prevention, we encourage you to contact us.