Summer is short in Minnesota, so it's important to take the time to savor the moments with the ones you love, including your pets. The warmermonths provide the perfect opportunity to spend quality time playing outdoors together. Unfortunately, more time outside also means a great risk of parasite infection. Here's what you need to know about the most problematic pet parasites in order to keep your pet healthy and happy this summer:
· Fleas and Ticks: The prevalence of these annoying critters peak between May and September. The ideal temperature for fleas and ticks to live and reproduce is 70 to 85 degrees. Since they can survive at much lower temperatures, it's essential for Minnesota pet owners to provide their dog or cat with year-round flea and tick protection. These parasites can make your pet miserable by causing itching, scratching, and allergic dermatitis.