Flea and Tick Treatments

We all know what pests pests can be and the same goes for our dogs (and cats).  Fleas and ticks are the biggest bother for our pets but mosquitos and bees and others can also cause problems too.  Now that we are headed into fall doesn’t mean you can slack off on your treatments of fleas and ticks for your dog.  Studies show that in order for the flea and tick population to die off in the winter months, we would need to have below 30 degrees for 30 days straight.  Here in the Midwest that rarely happens.  That is why your vet recommends to continue flea and tick treatments year round.  I know it seems odd that you can be romping out in the snow with your fur baby and come in to find a tick on him.  But that’s exactly what can happen. 

This time of year other insects such as bees and flys are moving slower and become an easy target for your dog’s attack.  Eating these critters may seem fun to your pet but they carry diseases like other insects do.  Bees can especially be a nuisance because unless you know for sure your pet is not allergic to a bee sting you and your little buddy could be in for an unwelcomed surprise.  Years ago I had a mix breed dog who adored chasing bees.  One day he got one, or should I say the bee got him.  Within the hour his bright pink gums turned nearly white, he was lethargic and it scared me to death.  I raced him to the vet and told him he was chasing bees.  He probably got one.  It was a good thing we got there when we did because that little sting could have killed him.  In fact the Vet said that if he got stung again, he would need to be treated within the hour of the sting or we would lose him. 

Don’t mess around with these pesky pests and keep your fur babies on their regimine.