Pet owners should worm pets throughout the year to protect their animals from a range of diseases and infections, it has been claimed.
Dr Michael Watts, a US-based companion animal general practitioner and owner of Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care, expressed his belief that continual worming treatments is essential for good pet health.
He told starexponent.com: "Pets can be infected with parasites at any time of the year. The adult stages of deer ticks present during the early months of the year have particularly high rates of infection with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
"Keeping your pets on monthly prevention for heartworm, intestinal worms, and external parasites will help them stay healthy and happy."
Dr Watts added that the beginning of a new year is an ideal time to visit the vet and undergo routine screenings and get important vaccinations.
Vets can also issue advice about animal nutrition and how to keep pets at an ideal weight, he said.