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Woodbridge: 01394 380083
Felixstowe: 01394 284554
Rendlesham: 01394 420964
Ipswich: 01473 274040

Why do I still need to treat against parasites in winter?

From the warm weather and the sunny skies to the crisp air and the frost covered ground, we see a difference with how flea and worm treatment is used.

A lot of people think that flea and worm treatment isn’t important in the winter months compared to summer. This however is a myth, as fleas and worms are still active in the winter, just less so.

Fleas are able to survive winter due to many homes staying warm from central heating, allowing their life cycle to continue. It is important to know, if your pet has fleas, 95% of them are living in the environment (your house) and only 5% are living on your animal. Fleas are also hosts for tapeworms, meaning fleas can pass these worms onto your animal, which is how tapeworms also continue to stay active throughout winter.

Treating all of your animals against these parasites during winter not only benefits your pet, but also decreases the chance of a flea infestation in your home when the weather begins to warm and fleas become more active.

It is advised that when treating against these parasites, all animals are treated at the same time, with both flea and worm treatment (due to fleas being the host for tapeworms) and that their environment is treated too. Most environmental parasite treatment lasts for 12 months, before needing to be done again.