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Winter Fleas – don’t get caught on the hop!

Flees are a fact of life for pets and it is normal to have some protection against them in place. Not only do they cause itchy bites, they can spread tapeworms and, in young pets, can cause life threatening anaemias.

During the winter months, fleas usually only breed indoors – making the most of the central heating. Adult female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day and these can fall off your pet and onto the carpets and bedding. The eggs can remain dormant for many months, but equally in warm centrally heated conditions, they will rapidly hatch out (via larval stages) and a repeat of the problem you thought you had treated

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Winter weight alert

The shorter days and cold wet weather all conspires at this time of the year to prevent us and our pets getting out and about and this can have a negative impact on all our waist lines (pets and humans alike!)

It is very important to keep an eye on winter weight gain and make sure it doesn’t become too great. Get into the habit of feeling your dog’s ribs and monitoring their body shape. If they start to look a little broader about the beam then you should be making some changes!

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