03-10-2016, 10:32 AM
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where on earth did someone 'learn' the flea preventatives caused cancers? That is ridiculous. However, I am not advocating the preventative use of parasite meds if one does not live in a climate that is not loaded with parasites. Here in Southern California, which is basically a desert, we have relatively few parasites in the environment and weekly or monthly prevention for parasites (particularly internal ones) is probably unnecessary. Fleas might be a bit more of a concern, particularly in the warmer months, but many areas of So Cal are also basically flea-free. But even for those areas that are not, as long as your pet is not flea allergic, todays flea treatments are so effective, safe (yes, SAFE) and fast, preventative flea treatment is not necessarily essential... one can treat their pets once the fleas have arrived, as they are so easy to get rid of. Heart worms are also rare in So Cal. Many still give preventative and we sell a lot of it, but it is probably not needed for most pets that do not spend the evenings outdoors (when mosquitoes come out) or who don't have a lot of standing water about.
Now if you live on the east coast, particularly the south east, I think that is a completely different situation, as high humidity is a perfect environment for parasites to be present and in large numbers year round. I have never lived in such an environment, but my parasite recommendations would probably be different for those that live in that sort of situation- especially concerning the need for heart worm preventatives!