Don’t Stop Your Pet’s Preventative Treatments Just Yet

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Cooler weather is on the way and many pet owners may consider it time to stop giving their pets some of their preventative treatments, but a local veterinarian says some treatments, like heartworm medication, should actually be continued year-round.

"First of all heartworm is a deadly disease and even treatment can be deadly and the cost of a monthly chewable tablet, even in the winter time, is far exceeded by the cost of treatment [or] in the loss of a pet,” said Dr. Kate Alden of the Best Friends Animal Care Center in Merrill.

As far as flea and tick treatments go, they can be stopped once there is a hard freeze, but Dr. Alden says you really do not want to stop giving them at least until the end of November.

She says for the last two years, November was the worst tick month of the year.

Flea and tick treatments should be restarted in the beginning of March.

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