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Why do I need to consider seasons when controlling fleas and ticks in my pets?

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When should you treat your dog with flea or tick products? It depends on where you live.

Fleas are worst during warm-weather months, but they can be inside your home all year long. Spring and summer are usually the heaviest time for ticks. But they can live year-round in some parts of the U.S.

If you see signs of these pests on your pet, treat them right away. Otherwise, start treatment at the beginning of flea or tick season. Your vet can tell you when if you’re not sure. Some areas require year-round treatment.

SOURCES:

FDA: ''Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Safety in the Great Outdoors,'' ''Popular Flea Products Can Hurt Your Cat,'' ''Ticks.''

Environmental Protection Agency: ''Taking care of fleas and ticks on your pet,'' ''Frequent Questions.''

American Animal Hospital Association: ''Fleas.''

Veterinary Information Network: ''Flea Control.''

Merck Veterinary Manual: ''Delivery Systems.''

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 09, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA: ''Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Safety in the Great Outdoors,'' ''Popular Flea Products Can Hurt Your Cat,'' ''Ticks.''

Environmental Protection Agency: ''Taking care of fleas and ticks on your pet,'' ''Frequent Questions.''

American Animal Hospital Association: ''Fleas.''

Veterinary Information Network: ''Flea Control.''

Merck Veterinary Manual: ''Delivery Systems.''

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 09, 2019

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