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Advice Column- Flea and Tick Prevention All Year


Yes! Yes! Yes! Keep your pets on flea and tick protection all year round! We hear people say “I don't give my pet flea and tick prevention in the winter there is no need, since it is so cold". This is a myth that is still believed today. We want to share some information as to why it is recommended you continue your prevention all year.

While the risk of your pet getting a flea or a tick in the winter is lower than in the other seasons, we want you to be aware it is not impossible. You may decide to gamble each winter, but what happens if you lose? Your pet could contract a tick borne disease, your pet and your home could become infested with fleas. If this occurs it can be far more costly to treat your pet for an infection or infestation.

There are many different preventatives on the market and they all have pros and cons. No single product is right for every pet. We strongly suggest to talk to your veterinarian and discuss what they feel is effective and best for your individual pet.

Do ticks die after the first frost? No such luck! Regular tick season begins in early spring and continues through fall. Unfortunately, however, some tick species, including the black-legged deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, can remain active throughout the year as long as the temperature is above freezing.

The one or two months that you “save” by not treating could, in fact. cost so much more if your pet infected by one of these nasty “critters.” Typically, about 50% of adult Black legged ticks are infected with Lyme bacteria and year-round protection is crucial for pets who spend any amount of time outdoors, but it only takes a moment for a tick to crawl onto “Fluffy” when they go out to use the bathroom..

Remember that while fleas, ticks and mosquitoes may seem to be merely nuisance pests, they are actually capable of causing severe health problems, skin disorders and infections, including anemia. As the old axiom goes: It is better to be safe than sorry.

In the past the FDA has warned consumers against purchasing pet medications online due to online retailers selling counterfeit medications. Counterfeit medications are medications that are not the “real thing” in one way or another. Most commonly this refers to drugs that are being sold for an intended purpose but have a problem with the drug itself such as: the wrong active ingredient, not enough active ingredient, too much of the active ingredient or no active ingredient at all. These medications are sold so that their manufacturers can make a profit, but they pose a significant risk to your pet if administered.

When you buy a flea medicine at a vet clinic, the ingredients in there are guaranteed by the companies that sell the product, all of our pet medications are fully guaranteed by the manufacturers, unlike with most online retailers. Bayer urges consumers to buy their flea control products only from licensed, practicing veterinarians. They go further by adding "Any time a product is not purchased from a licensed veterinarian with a doctor-client-patient relationship there is a risk that the product is counterfeit, and may not be effective."