|Barked: Tue Apr 19, '11 4:11pm PST |
|We live on the southwest side of the Portland metro area.
We've been seeing fleas since January so we've been using Frontline every other month. We've had a very wet winter so we need something that won't become ineffective when wet.
Never seen a tick and several vets prescribe Comfortis without recommending any additional tick products.
Heartworm is a personal choice.
The vets I've spoken with have said heartworm is very rare here. Out on the northern coast most vets don't even stock it.
Daytime temps have only hit 60 degrees twice this year I believe. They've mainly been in the 40s and 50s. Nighttime temps have been low enough for frost on the very rare (and I do mean rare) night without clouds or rain.
Depending on the vet, DHPP or DHP will be the core vaccines. Some holistic vets stock just DP.
Rabies every 3 years as long as the dog is current on rabies. If the rabies vaccination "expires" it's a 1-year and then a 3-year. Medical exemptions are allowed for rabies.
There was an outbreak of Lepto that killed some sea lions out on the coast last year. Apparently that happens every so often when the population gets high.
Chance will be "due" for her 3-year DHPP shots next year. We will do titers instead just to have proof that she is current for the doggy pool and also for travel.
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