The Case for Year-Round Flea & Tick Prevention

Besides pumpkin flavored everything, cooler weather, and the holidays, the best part of Fall and Winter is knowing all those pesky bugs and mosquitoes are finally gone… or so we think! But if those pests were truly gone, then they wouldn’t come back next year. Unfortunately, when colder weather comes around, we think they’re gone and we no longer need to protect our animals from ticks and fleas.

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Using pet pest prevention is like having a fire extinguisher… you’re not planning for a fire to happen, but you’re prepared just in case. Fleas and ticks are the fire and preventatives are the extinguisher.

One reason it is important to keep your pet protected against fleas and ticks is simply because though you may not see them, it doesn’t mean pests aren’t there. Even if you check your animals daily for fleas and ticks, you still could miss some.

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Maybe you are scared of what will happen to your animals if you continuously use preventatives. Does Your Pet Really Need Flea/Tick Medicine All Year Long? explains that the number one reason for a bad reaction to flea and tick preventatives is caused by human error, such as giving the wrong dosage size. They also list a few reasons why you should keep your pet protected all year.  For example, did you know:

  • Fleas can live up to five days in 33 degree weather.
  • Flea eggs can live year round in protected spaces.
  • Ticks can live in weather as low as 40 degrees.

The last reason to keep your pet protected is because it is better to be safe than sorry and not risk your pet becoming sick from being bitten by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes since these pests can be carriers for a variety of medical conditions including Lyme disease (ticks), tapeworms (fleas) and heartworms (mosquitoes). In short, you’ll end up paying more in the long run for a vet visit to treat for other conditions than you would on monthly preventative.

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The good news? HSNEGA has partnered with the makers of Vectra 3D, a leading topical flea and tick preventative the following specials during October:

  • Purchase 3 tubes of Vectra 3D, receive 1 TUBE FREE! (must complete and mail rebate)
  • Purchase 6 tubes of Vectra 3D, receive 3 TUBES FREE! (must complete and mail rebate)
  • With each adoption October 1-31, new pet parents will receive a FIRST DOSE OF VECTRA FREE (supplies limited)

Vectra 3D reduces flea feeding in five minutes, and kills fleas that may cause allergy dermatitis. It also repels and kills ticks, biting/sand flies, lice, mites (excluding mange mites) and prevents further infestation.  

Vectra 3D is available for purchase at HSNEGA’s Adoption Center Mon-Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. For more information on Vectra, contact the HSNEGA Wellness Clinic at 770-532-6617.

Information for this blog post was inspired by the following online articles. Click through the links below to learn more.

http://www.allpetnews.com/does-your-pet-really-need-fleatick-medicine-all-year-long

http://www.capcvet.org/expert-articles/the-case-for-year-round-flea-and-tick-control/

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