First off I am no vet, and do not claim to be! but well its springtime here in the West Virginia mountains, and everyone is looking at flea and tick preventatives... even as puppies went to their new homes in January during one of the harshest winters in history the vets were pushing Nexgard at the puppy visits of 8 week old puppies! (mad face)
Ok... are ticks a problem, yes... are fleas a problem... yes.... I live, well kind of live... in the deep woods and so know about ticks all so well! We have herds of deer behind our home... turkeys... bears... (oh my!) My protocol is K9 Advantix II every month or every other month.... I also like Frontline Plus - but in recent years there was speculation that Frontline wasn't as effective .. so I upped my game a bit to Advantix II. Topicals in my opinion are the best defense, I also like Seresto collars.. I know... I know... they recently got a bunch of bad press... as pet owners we know our dogs... we want to protect them... and if you try the Seresto collar and if you notice your dog being a bit "off" maybe acting sick or scratching or well, I mean no one knows our dogs like we do... just take it off and chalk it up to its not going to work.... ! Topicals have a repellent so in my opinion they repel biting bugs before your dog can get bit... this includes, fleas, ticks and mosquitos!
I do not like ingestible flea/tick preventatives... I mean I am just a country gal living in the woods mostly... lol... but if I eat a pill and then a bug bites me and dies... okay well first off ... I got bit :'( and so the silver lining is that little critter shriveled up and died after biting me... lol :D but can you imagine the type of chemical that is saturating all of your cells to kill a tiny insect that nibbles on you?
5 years ago, I only put Frontline on my dogs in April... and that actually suited them fine throughout the summer... now as ticks are worse... and lymes is so prevelant... I use Advantix in April, June and August... I will use every month if the dogs are swimming a lot... for my rascal of a barn cat that travels many miles under many moons I use Frontline Plus (after all he is just a cat... lol.. ok sorry... I love you Penelope!!!! ) I use one treatment in April and I have never seen a tick on him throughout the summer.... Penelope doesn't swim much so... I reckon it lasts longer on mouse catchers...? :D
** I wrote this in a jovial manner... but I am serious.. I love my animals and I have the "less is more" approach to most everything in life... I guess except for Labradors.. we obviously can not have too many of them!!! lol.. <3
May you and your pet be pest free this Summer season!!! <3