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East Coast Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm in October

Nala and I are planing a trip to Connecticut and Maine in October and Tennessee in late November and I wanted to ask what type of medicine she would need for fleas, ticks and heartworm prevention.

We live in the mountains and because it's so cold we don't have flea problems and there are no cases of heartworm in our area (I do have regular bloodwork done to make sure!) We are also careful to not have her on unnecessary meds because of her liver issues.

I am going to call my aunt's vet but thought I would put it out to you havanese owners who live in that area!
Our holistic vet thought it was okay for her to travel and to take some preventive heartworm meds for a few months. I don't want to have to leave her at home!
I guess I am concerned about ticks and Lyme disease in that area...

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Hi Annie, if your vet says it is ok for a few months... I would start her on Frontline Plus and Heartgard. I have been told that they are both the safest. you are right. you should be worried about ticks in october here. If your vet thinks it is ok for her liver I would want her to have the protection too..But you should probably start now to make sure there isn't any reaction. You wouldn't want to deal with that while traveling. If you pass through MA look us up.




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I agree with Missy. Ticks are definitely still a problem up here in October. Where are you going in CT?

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Definitely ticks can be a problem year-round in MA any time there is a warm spell, and we almost always have "Indian Summer" in Oct. We often pick ticks off the horses at that time of year. Lyme is a huge problem in this area, for dogs, horses and humans. After having nursed a couple of horses with Lyme, seen it in a couple of friend's dogs, and known NUMEROUS people who have gotten it, I'm very happy that we have vaccines for the dogs and horses... we humans need to take our chances.

You should also know that if you or your dog DO get bitten by a deer tick (look them up on the web... they are not the same as the common dog or wood tick, they are MUCH smaller) you should be treated with antibiotics immediately, whether you have any symptoms or not. It is easy to prevent Lyme from taking hold if you catch it early. Once a person or animal shows signs of joint problems, in some cases there is already irreversible damage.


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