Other than the obvious holiday precautions, the effects of seasonal weather changes on health are helpful to our readers. However, in some parts of the U.S., the lack of significant seasonal weather changes has little impact on the types of medical problems experienced by pets. Seasonal changes bring very little change to the daily veterinary practice routine.
In southern California, where I practice, and in Florida, where petMD Editorial is based, winter temperatures are often in the 90s. The temperature moderating effect of the ocean makes the same true along the southern tip of the Gulf of Mexico states. Some medical conditions are with us the entire 12 months of the year.
In many parts of the country, the sub-freezing winter temperatures make flea control unnecessary for 4-6 months. The optimum temperature for the flea life cycle is 70-85oF at 70% humidity. These are not uncommon winter conditions in warm locations.
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