I hope this doesn't lead to a 2 foot blizzard, but spring does seem to be coming early this year, and after a very mild winter. While this is great for us (sorry skiers, snowmobilers and ice fishermen) it means an early start to parasite season. We have been seeing fleas and ticks all winter but they will really be multiplying with this warm weather. Fleas can hatch indoors all year and ticks survive outdoors under the snow and leaf litter. On 50 degree days, last years eggs will hatch and young tick nymphs will want to feed on your pet (and you.) If your pet hasn't been on flea and tick preventative all winter, they should start as soon as possible. You will also be getting our annual coupons in the mail soon, offering great rebates from Merial if you buy flea/tick and heartworm preventive.
We realize there are lots of cheaper alternative on the market for flea and tick prevention, but in this department, you definitely get what you pay for. Over the counter preventatives simply don't have the research and efficacy behind them that the prescription products we sell do. If you try them and end up with a pet with flea bite skin infections or hot spots, you will quickly lose any savings you might have gained, plus your pet will be miserable and you will have pests in your house!! Enjoy the spring and hope to see you soon.