The effects of climate change are being felt around the world, including in Saskatchewan. Prairie provinces are experiencing more years with mild winters. Though cold can sometimes seem unbearable, the reality is it serves an important purpose. The freeze is crucial to killing off unwanted pests, and without it, the life cycle of insects like flea and ticks become unpredictable.
Once seasonal, fleas are now starting to live year-round in some locations and ticks are becoming a nuisance earlier in the spring than before. Additionally, heartworm, a serious parasite spread by mosquitoes, is showing up in more regions of the globe.
To keep your animal happy and healthy, make sure you consult with your veterinarian on possible solutions to keep your pet protected.
Warm temperatures can also have an impact on heat cycles for cats, allowing for longer mating seasons. While kittens are cute, sadly Regina and surrounding areas are already overpopulated with felines. With overpopulation comes a rise in the number of feral and homeless cats, and unnecessary suffering. The Regina Humane Society is committed to end animal overpopulation, and as part of that initiative, spay and neuter surgeries are always included with feline and canine adoptions and through our Subsidized Spay Neuter Program in conjunction with the City of Regina.
With content from the Toronto Humane Society.