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Fleas are nasty little blood suckers that latch onto your pet’s fur and skin and cause a serious itch and inflammation. In addition to the extreme discomfort associated with it, fleas’ infestation can ultimately lead to a number of other issues such as infectious wounds, hair loss or Flea Allergy Dermatitis as well. However by watching out for the flea season and making adequate preparations, you can ensure that your furry little friend does not have to suffer the consequences of being infested with the dreadful parasite.
Depending upon the part of the world in which you reside, the active fleas season can be spread across the entire year or emerge only once the snow begins to melt and it is time for you to pack your mittens away. Regardless of time of the year, the fleas can be a problem for your felines and canines all throughout. This is because fleas can survive the cold harsh winters in a dormant state and can resume their activity once the weather becomes warmer. In other words, even if the fleas are not bothering your pet at the moment, their eggs or larvae might still be hanging around in their fur, waiting for the right conditions to become active.
How is the fleas season determined?
Typically, the fleas resume the peak of their activity under hot and humid weather conditions. It is because of this that the fleas are found extensively in the hot and sultry climates of the East, South, West and Midwest regions of the United States. For instance, since California has witnessed a heavy monsoon this year, it is likely to see a longer and more active fleas season. Regions that anticipate more heat and moisture should expect more fleas. It is simple math.
On the other hand, if you live in region where the winter season is both long and harsh, there are chances that the fleas that are lying dormant and not living on an animal will die of the extremely low temperatures. However, the fleas living within your pet’s fur will stay nice and warm and sustain through the cold weather. Either way, you can expect a lighter fleas season in the colder arid parts of the country.
How susceptible your pet is to catching the flea?
An effective flea plan can be designed on the basis of your pet’s regular overall lifestyle. For instance, if your little feline mostly stays indoors and doesn’t have much exposure to the outdoor animals, it is less likely that he will be exposed to fleas. On the other hand, if your pet spends a lot of time around other animals, you might consider preparing well in advance for the flea season.