This article is written by Erin Pidduck from our Te Puna clinic. 

Winter is now firmly in place and although the flea population is less, it is still present.

Some people don’t prioritise treating their animals for fleas during winter, however fleas are a year-round threat. In fact, during the cooler months we heat our homes and cars making this the ideal conditions for fleas to breed and lay eggs.

Once the flea is in a warm environment it will start to breed and lay eggs, these eggs will drop off your pet into the carpets where they will continue their life-cycle infesting not only your pets but the whole house.

The flea’s main purpose is to feed and reproduce.

It’s also important to note that outdoor wildlife, rabbits, rats and mice, possums and hedgehogs all carry fleas and these fleas will hitch hike into our homes via your pets.

Top tips to prevent fleas in the winter:

  • Treat with a reliable brand from your Vet Clinic.
  • The best way to prevent a flea infestation is to treat ALL your pets, all-year-round.
  • Use the recommended size range for each pet.
  • Vacuum carpets/floors and wash pets bedding on a regular basis.
  • Always apply or give the treatment correctly.
  • Re-treat according to manufactures instructions.

Come in and speak with one of our fully trained vet nurses to ensure that you get the best treatment for your pets. Flea free pets live happier healthier lives.