A common misconception is people saying that it is not necessary to give pets flea and tick prevention in the winter there since it is so cold. However, this is actually a myth.


The team of Veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Hospital would like to share some information as to why it is recommended you continue your pet’s prevention all year.



When it comes to fleas – It only takes one. One flea can be brought into your home on your pet or carried on you. That one flea can end up causing a flea infestation. Fleas can survive outdoors in temperatures as low as 33 degrees for as long as five days.  As North Carolina experiences milder winters this means fleas pretty much always exist, meaning there is plenty of time for them to come into your home. Flea eggs can live year-round in protected areas such as garages, crawl spaces, and porches.



Ticks are more active in the late summer and early fall. However, ticks can be active in temperatures ranging from 40 degrees and as low as 32 degrees. In North Carolina with the milder temps, we often experience warm days and have our pets outside.  This exposes them to ticks in the environment.



Pets can be exposed to fleas and ticks in social settings. Dog parks, boarding facilities, and daycares pose risks too. While these locations do all they can to make sure there are no fleas or ticks, it can still happen.  As we mentioned before, it only takes one animal carrying one flea or tick to spread exposure.



Please don’t put your pet at risk by thinking these parasites are just a seasonal threat.  It is important to protect your pet all year long.  If you are unsure about winter flea and tick prevention or want to try a new product to further protect your pet, consult with the team of Veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Hospital. Book an appointment and ask us about how to protect your pet from fleas and ticks year-round today.


The Cumberland Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina understands how important it is to keep our pets safe year-round.  If your pet has any issues, please contact us at 910-822-3337.  Cumberland Animal Hospital’s veterinarians in Fayetteville, NC are always available to assist you. Call us to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.