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We recommend year-round flea prevention** for all pets that go outdoors and all pets living with indoor/outdoor pets. In addition, you may want to consider regular flea prevention for your indoor cat if you live in an apartment complex with other pets.
Find out more about fleas and treating them by visiting these websites:
The tick of greatest concern here in the Northeast is the Dear Tick. This is the tick that carries the organism (Borrelia burgdorferi) responsible for Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.It is also one of the hardest ticks to repel and kill. Therefore, it is important to use a preventative that has proven efficacy against this particular species of tick and that it kills ticks quickly (in less than 24 hours). Examples of such products are: Advantix, Simparica, Seresto and Scalibor collars.** Please note that we did not include Frontline(R) in this list. This is because, although it is an excellent flea control product, it takes up to 48 hours to kill many ticks, allowing ample time for disease transmission.
Believe it or not, ticks can even be a problem even in the winter! This is because they don’t die in winter, they hibernate. All it takes is one warm day and they wake up and start searching for a meal. There are a wide variety of effective tick prevention products currently available. Depending on you and your dog’s lifestyle we can help you choose whether a topical, oral product or a collar would be best for you.**
Did you know that the American Heartworm Society recommends keeping dogs on year-round heartworm preventative, even in the Northeast? This is for a few reasons:
We recommend an oral heartworm preventative for most dogs, but effective topicals are also available if your dog doesn’t like taking pills or chew tabs.
Available In-Clinic: Sentinel (K9), Revolution (K9/Feline) **
** Be sure to get your preventatives from a reputable source such as a vet’s office, a pet store that offers a money back guarantee, or a VIPPS accredited or .Pharmacy Verified online pharmacy to avoid buying counterfeit products.