For those of you who treat your dogs with Frontline or the equivalent, which I'm guessing is most of you, do you treat your dogs year round or do you stop during winter and start back up in the spring??
I had one vet who told me I didn't have to treat Abbey October through March and one vet told me I did. :suspious:
My vet told me that if you live somewhere cold during the winter that you can probably skip it unless your dog will be in contact with a lot of other dogs. Then it's better safe than sorry.
I live in a really moderate climate but I discontinue during the winter unless I'm going to board them. Then everybody gets a dose of frontline plus before they go.
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I stop in November. Start in about April/May. I use to stop in October but with our winters getting later and mild November weather I've seen the flea season last much longer.
I dont actually treat until they have fleas but as Alfie swims ALOT he never ever gets them and we dont have a tick problem in this area, also touch wood Penny hasnt had them either
One of MSU's main dermatologists uses this rule for Michigan:
"From when the snow flies, till when you see flies."
Otis just had his last treatment for the year on Nov 1, and I'll probably start treating him again on Apr 1, just to be sure he's covered.
Otis - the most trusting dog on Earth.
I only give about 3 doses a year, early spring summer, fall.
I give it to Puff every 45 days year round because she's in frequent contact with other dogs.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
I give flea and especially heartworm meds every month all year.
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I don't do it year round. I did the first year we had Angus. The second year I didn't give it in winter. This year, and from now on, I'll do just three doses.
Heartworm year round, though, definitely.
Connie and "The Boys":
Angus, Yellow Lab, CGC, RE, CD
Simon, d.b.a. Flat Coated Retriever, CGC, RE, CD
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