Once upon a time, veterinarians gave the ok to owners who wanted to stop heart worm and flea & tick preventatives once the temperatures dropped. But the times they have a'changed!
It's a common misconception that fleas, ticks and other parasites die with the first frost. Not so! "Many of these critters hit snooze when it's freezing outside but do a big stretch and look for lunch in temps as low as 33 degrees, transmitting some pretty terrible parasites and diseases to our pets even in the depths of winter, " says Concord Animal Hospital's Dr. Wilson.
At Concord Animal Hospital we are passionate about keeping your pets happy and healthy all year long. That's why we strongly encourage our clients to continue giving their beloved dogs and cats their heart worm and flea & tick preventatives even when the temperatures drop. Here's why!
These pests are tougher than you think!
Read more about ticks in our area and how to keep you pets safe from tick-bourne diseases in our Tips on Ticks blog post
Side effects of preventatives are mild while the risks of stopping treatment can be serious in terms of your pet's health and financial costs. These pests are certainly less prevalent in the winter, but they are still present and can still pose a danger to your pet. Keep you pet safe this winter by continuing to administer your heart worm and flea & tick preventatives all year round!
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