Should I have my dog on Tick protection year ‘round? (Toronto)

Dr. Iz Jakubowski

It’s gotten to the point where there’s no such thing as a specific “season” for ticks. The reality is that they’re active any time the temperature is 4°C or higher. And that could be any time of the year.

Take last winter, for example. Each day in Etobicoke there were– 44 days in all, with temperatures rising as high as 15.6°C (in February no less!). December was a particularly tick-friendly month.

Will our next winter see even more tick-friendly temperatures? The only predictable thing about the weather is that it’s unpredictable. So it comes down to your tolerance for risk. If you have little or no tolerance for it and want to be able to take your dog for a walk wherever and whenever you like without worrying about ticks and the diseases they transmit, then year-round protection is for you.

The nice thing about Bravecto, our ‘go to’ for tick protection, is that a single chewable tablet treats your dog for 3 months. You’ve got the winter covered right there. Bravecto and Revolution Promo 2 - trans