Anyone living in a region that has 4 seasons and owns a dog or cat knows that the onset of Spring means flea and tick season is right behind the blooming of tulips. The big question always seems to be.”does my pet need treatment for fleas and ticks and what one is best?” The answer to the first question is a resounding yes! Fleas can be a nightmare, not only to the discomfort and irritation to your dog or cat, but a anyone who has a flea infestation in their home knows how pesky these microscopic bugs can be! Ticks are even worse for your pet and can lead to a wide range of health problems, from skin infections to Lyme disease. Prevention is best done with one of the many veterinary-approved flea (and tick) preparations available on the market. There are topicals, collars, and shampoos, each made for specific needs. Always read the label on the product! Spend time to inspect your dogs and yourself for ticks after walks through the woods or grassy settings. On dogs, look especially on the feet (and between toes), on lips, around eyes, ears (and inside ears), near the anus, and under the tail. The quicker you remove a tick, the less likely your dog will contract a secondary illness related to tick bites. There is a proper method to remove a tick and you can’t leave a piece of the bug behind. If you suspect your dog has a tick, and you are not confident enough to remove it… consult with a veterinarian. Lastly, keep your grass cut low and try to avoid walking in wooded areas or tall grasses. If you own multiple dogs, treat them all at the SAME time. This will help prevent cross infestation.