This time of year when the weather changes and cooler temps role in, I wonder if I can stop the expensive flea and tick prevention for my 4 dogs. I rarely see (if ever) a tick or flea on my dogs come October-March so why buy keep buying Frontline if I don't have to?
What Do The Experts Say?
The "rule of thumb" according to veterinarians is; the further North you are the less chance your dog or cat will need flea and tick prevention all year round. (if your pets do not travel to mild climates). However, here in Nebraska where our weather patterns are extremely variable, this is a harder question to answer. Ticks are hardy creatures and can live through a frost, or tips of grass protruding through the snow.
Local Nebraska vets claim that there are only 2 months out of the year that ticks and fleas don't pose a problem to our pets and state that these two months can vary depending on what type of winter we are having. I remember several years ago where the entire month of January I wore a sweatshirt and a vest to walk in (normally we walk in long coats, mittens, scarf, hat and snow boots).
So to put it simply, vets recommend flea and tick prevention all year round just to be safe. They state that the money you save not buying Frontline or whatever product of your choice may come back and bite you if you have to pay for treatment "after the fact:.
Is this a sales pitch? We would love to know your thoughts....do you buy flea and tick prevention all year long for your housebound hounds and kitty cats?