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Fleas and ticks still bug your pets during winter

POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 4:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Even with the weather cooling off parasites can still bug your pets.

While most people believe ticks and fleas die off in the winter months, experts say they can actually flourish in cold weather as they've taken up refuge inside.

And some research shows there are more fleas in the fall than in spring or summer.

"In Texas we don't really have much of a winter. It very rarely stays cold for very long. We have our cold snaps where it may get really cold for three or four days and then you may have a week where it's back up in the 70s and in order to really get rid of fleas and/or ticks for any length of time it needs to stay persistently cold," said Dr. Jennifer Bonnell, a veterinarian at Crossroads Animal Clinic. 

Bonnell said using a liquid treatment that goes on the skin of the animal once a month will do the trick.

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