GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The unseasonable weather this year could lead to a problem for pets.
According to Banfield Pet Hospitals -- a national chain of pet clinics -- Michigan is among the worst states for fleas on dogs.
Dr. Karyl Ropko, of the Northeast Cat & Dog Hospital in Grand Rapids, says this is the time of year when fleas are at their worst. Until there's a good, hard frost, says the veterinarian, the bugs will remain a problem outside -- and could easily make it into your home.
"The thing about fleas that most owners don't realize is we see more fleas between October and December than any other time of the year," says Dr. Ropko. "What happens is when we have a hot summer like we had this year, those fleas are out all summer, hatching out, all over the place in the environment.