In Spokane, we do not typically see flea problems that many other areas of the world experience on a frustratingly regular basis. However, sometimes we experience a weather pattern that is conducive to a flea population explosion. This year’s mild August, wet October, and unusually warm November likely have created the perfect conditions that fleas just love! (Flea love is not good news for you or your pets!)
When we have weather patterns like this, it can be a really good idea continue the preventatives we recommend for our tick season until we see a good extended freeze. If you are using Bravecto for your dogs and have had a dose within the last three months, your dog should be covered. If not, just give us a call and we can get your dog(s) a refill. For your cats, you should continue to apply Frontline Plus. You can also give us a call and we can recommend another safe, effective flea preventative product and we are happy to answer any questions!
Other risk factors
There are certain risk factors that can make it more likely that your pet may pick up fleas and we also recommend using a recommend flea preventative if your pet life style includes any of the following:
- Playing at dog parks.
- Attending doggie daycare.
- Using grooming or boarding facilities.
- Exposure to pet shelters or bringing a shelter pet into the household.
- Moving into a rental apartment or home.
- Travel to other areas with heavy flea populations, like the west “wet” side of the state.
We are lucky to live in the Inland Northwest, where parasites tend to be more uncommon!
If you would like more information about fleas, please visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s flea information page.