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Summer 2012 Edition!


1)   The warm temperatures of summer were enjoyable for most of us, but the Fleas and Ticks liked it even more. Fortunately, we have just the things to keep those pests off of your pets.

2)  In our area, Ticks season is from March until about August 1st. There are some exciting new medicines for killing ticks and fleas lately. In the spring of 2014 two new products became available. First was Nexgard which is a great tasting (to dogs!) chewable medication that safely and effectively kills fleas and ticks for 1 month. The second is Bravecto a related medication made by a competing company which is also in the form of a great tasting chewable that kills fleas and ticks for 3 months. Both of these compounds represent huge advances in both effectiveness and safety.

3)  Fleas in the Franklin area start off in low numbers in March and their populations build all summer until there are huge numbers of them by August thru November. 

4) My favorite flea products these days are Revolution and Comfortis and Trifexis, which is just the excellent Heartworm Preventative ingredient in Interceptor mixed with the Flea Killing ingredient in Comfortis. And of course we love the Nexgard and Bravecto mentioned above. Each will give outstanding flea control with a high margin of safety. See the section of flea and tick products for more detailed information.

5) Don't forget to continue Heartworm Preventative all year long. In Spring the mosquitoes come out and begin transmitting Heartworms in their bites. You can also bet Hookworms, Whipworms and Roundworms are infesting every pet they can. Fortunately the Sentinel Spectrum and Trifexis both do a really good job killing all of them. We also carry Iverheart Max which is an excellent low cost alternative and Heartgard. Make sure to buy enough.  http://

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