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I do pretty much the same. Since Kodi is mostly white, and our cat is completely white, fleas and flea dirt are VERY obvious. I have NEVER seen a flea on Kodi, and only once in the last 6 or 7 years have I seen a flea on the cat. (this winter, actually, probably because it stayed so warm) When I saw the flea, I treated both of them. The bigger problem here is ticks, and since the topical we use for ticks also kills fleas they DO end up protected for the warm months of the year. However, I stretch out the doses as far as I can. The topicals work for 6 weeks, not the 4 listed on the package. (if they are going to work at all... there is a lot of resistance in some areas) So I don't dose closer than every 6 weeks, and then, only through the warmest weather, When it starts to cool down, I dose only if I see a flea or tick.
Heartworm is different, and where you live depends on how much of the year you need to keep them on the meds. Here in N.E., it is cold enough to keep the parasite from developing from Nov. through April, and some years even May. So Kodi gets is last dose of Heartworm meds in Nov., and then (after a check to make sure he's Heartworm clear) starts up again either April 1st or May 1st. But you'll have to check with your vet for recommendations for your area.
What is for sure is that Heartworm meds, also, only really need to be dosed every 6 weeks. They tell you to do it once a moth so that people have some leeway in case they forget. But if you can be REALLY religious about marking your calendar, and giving the next dose at NO MORE than 6 weeks out, you can cut down the amount of that chemical in their bodies as well.
Also, I never put flea/tick meds on Kodi and give his heartworm pill the same day. (I usually do them a week apart) If he's going to have a reaction to something, I want it to be very clear which product caused the problem.
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