Flea Facts from Your Carmel Veterinarian


Fall has arrived in Carmel and with it cooler temperatures.  It’s a great time to enjoy being outside with your pet.  So get the leash and take your dog for a walk in the park or down the Monon.  Being outdoors naturally exposes your pet to external parasites such as fleas.  A common question for Carmel veterinarians this time of year is, “Doc, I thought fleas die after the first cold spell.  Do I really need to continue flea prevention all year round?”

Yes!  Fall is actually the worst time of year for fleas.  The flea population has been growing in size since Spring.  For cold weather to actually kill fleas, there has to be 5 days in a row below 33 degrees.  The weather in the greater Indianapolis area can be very unpredictable…just look at our mild winter last year.  And if one flea gets on your dog or cat, they bring it inside where it is nice and warm.  Each flea can lay 50 eggs a day and before long, the fleas will be biting you!

Keeping your dog and cat on year-round parasite prevention is the most effective way of preventing an infestation.  There are a variety of monthly parasite preventatives available from your vet.  We even have once a month chewable tablets so you don’t have to put the greasy liquid on.  Call your Carmel Veterinarian and we will discuss the best flea prevention for your family.

Get out and enjoy the wonderful parks in the Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville, and Fishers areas.  Just be sure to defend your family against the fleas.  For more information click on this link to your Carmel Veterinarian.

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