If you have a dog, then you know that they love to play outdoors. Unfortunately, this includes getting up close and personal with other animals and their yards – which can lead to exposure to fleas and ticks. While these parasites can be unpleasant, they’re not necessarily life-threatening for your dog. However, it’s important to be aware of when each season is typically busiest for these pests and take steps to keep your dog as healthy as possible during those times.
When is dog flea and tick season in the U.S.?
The dog flea and tick season varies depending on where you are in the U.S. However, it is typically in the spring and summertime.
What are the signs that your dog has fleas?
Flea season typically starts in the spring and lasts through the fall. You can tell your dog is flea-infested when you see them scratching, biting, or licking incessantly. Fleas lay their eggs on the dog’s skin, and when these eggs hatch, the larvae feeds on the host’s blood. If left untreated, fleas can cause intense itching and may even result in secondary skin infections. Treatment options include topical products such as flea powders and spot-ons, oral medications such as ivermectin and Revolution, or a combination of treatments.
What are the signs that your dog has ticks?
When is dog flea and tick season? Dog flea and tick season typically occurs during the warm months, typically April through October. The peak of the season is typically in July and August. Signs your dog may have ticks include: redness, swelling, and itching around the neck, lower back, or ventral regions; fever; persistent scratching; vomiting; diarrhea; and loss of appetite. If you think your dog has ticks, it is important to take them to a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.
How to get rid of both fleas and ticks on your dog
Flea season runs from May to September in most parts of the world, and tick season runs from March to October.
To get rid of fleas and ticks on your dog, follow these tips:
- Routinely groom your dog. This will remove any eggs or larvae that may be present and help prevent fleas from hatching.
- If your dog is spending a lot of time outdoors, treat them for ticks regularly. Apply a product containing Ivermectin or permethrin to their skin, and then repeat the treatment every three months during tick season.
- Make sure your home is free of any debris that can serve as a breeding ground for fleas and ticks. Vacuum frequently and use a DEET-based insect repellent on all exposed skin, including the dog’s ears and tail.
There’s no one answer to this question since the flea and tick season can vary dramatically from year to year depending on environmental factors, such as rainfall and temperature. However, in general, dog fleas and ticks are most active during warm months (between May and September) when they’re searching for new hosts to infest. If you live in an area where these pests are common, it’s important to keep your pet well groomed so that any existing fleas or ticks cannot attach themselves to them. Additionally, make sure your dog is vaccinated against both fleas and ticks; doing so will help protect both you and your pet from potential infection