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Myth Busters: Parasites aren't a threat for your pet in Winter ❄️

Myth Busters: Parasites aren't a threat for your pet in Winter ❄️

As the colder weather sets in and winter approaches in Australia, pet owners often assume that the cold weather will bring relief from the pesky parasites that plague their furry friends during the warmer months. However, stupid parasites can still pose a threat to your pets - even in the colder seasons. Today, Good Dog Co. will aim to debunk the misconception that parasites disappear in winter and emphasise the importance of all-year-round preventive measures to keep your beloved pets safe, happy and healthy.

dog outside on gravel road


Contrary to popular belief, pesky parasites such as fleas, ticks, and intestinal worms do not vanish during the winter season. While they may be less prevalent due to colder temperatures, these resilient creatures can still survive and pose a threat to your pawed pal. Ticks, for instance, can be active even in near-freezing conditions (what the heck) and some species of fleas can survive indoors throughout the year.


Many pet owners assume that because their pets spend more time indoors during winter, they are safe from parasite infestations. However, indoor environments can provide a comfortable haven for certain parasites. Fleas, for example, thrive in warm indoor environments, such as heated, cozy homes. Additionally, indoor pets can still be exposed to parasites when they venture outside, even for short periods. More about that here. It is equally important to maintain your cleaning routine during the colder months, frequently washing pet bedding, blankets, toys and snuggly winter coats.

Cat snuggled into blankets


Ticks, those notorious carriers of diseases such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, can be active during winter, especially in milder climates. They are well-adapted to survive in colder conditions and can latch onto unsuspecting pets during walks or outdoor activities. Regular tick checks and preventive measures are crucial, regardless of the season.

dog sitting in grass


Stupid worms can also pose a risk to your pet's health, regardless of the season. Although certain types of intestinal worms are more prevalent in warmer weather, others can still affect your pet in winter. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, which can also still be present in some regions even during the colder months. Monthly worming treatment is always the best solution.


    To ensure your pet's well-being, it's essential to practice year-round parasite prevention. Which, let's be honest is code for - Sign up to Good Dog Co. Easy fix!

    dog and cat sitting with family

    While winter may bring some relief from certain parasites, it is crucial to understand that they do not completely disappear during this season. Protecting your pet from parasites is a all-year-round responsibility. By quickly dismissing the myth that parasites aren't a threat in winter and adopting proactive prevention measures, you can ensure the well-being and happiness of your furry friend throughout the year.