Additional Reasons to use Flea and Tick Preventative

Yesterday I saw a dog that was experiencing intense itching. I looked at the dog and found fleas, although I knew the owners had purchased a flea and tick preventative from me. When I asked them when they had last applied the product they replied, “We thought flea season was over.” I hear this all the time during the Fall and Spring. Remember, fleas and ticks thrive best when the temperature is in the 50s to 60s and it’s wet. Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals about how bad the flea problem was in the Northwest. Why? Up there it’s cool and moist almost all of the time, just like Vermont in the Spring and Fall. I can’t emphasize it enough: Keep your animal protected. You and he will be a lot happier and healthier for it. Continue reading

Flea and Tick Prevention – What Works and Why it’s Important

It’s March, its 75 degrees and Fleas and Ticks are definitely already out. We have had a VERY mild winter. There was practically no reduction in the flea and tick population due to cold weather. Be prepared for one of the worst flea and tick seasons ever. Fleas are a nuisance but Ticks are MORE than just a nuisance. They can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and other nasty diseases. It is much easier to prevent them than get rid of them. Spot-on topicals, pills, collars, shampoos, sprays; the list goes on. They all advertise that they are the best. But are they safe for my pet? Are they safe for me? Are they safe for my kids? Continue reading