Flea, Tick and Heartworm Control 2020

 An additional instant $10 gift card is available at our office when you purchase any parasite prevention product at the same time a fecal sample is submitted to test for intestinal parasites. Our goal is to increase awareness of intestinal parasites that can commonly infect dogs and cats with no obvious clinical signs such as diarrhea. Roundworms and Hookworms can survive in the soil year round, which is why we recommend year round Heartworm/Intestinal parasite protection. Products purchased at our office provide reimbursement for treatment should any pet become infected while on prevention medications such as Heartgard or Interceptor Plus. (This coverage is not offered for on line purchases)

 Please click on the PARASITES link below for the latest information about Ticks, Fleas, Heartworms and Intestinal parasites. The Pets and Parasites page is sponsored by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. We are seeing new species of ticks, and an increase in tick borne diseases. 


If you find a tick on yourself, a family member, or your pet and want to have it analyzed, click on the TICK REPORT link below to access the testing lab at U Mass/Amherst. You can also access the "Tick Encounter" website at for additional information about protective clothing and other protective measures for all family members.

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                                   2020 FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION RECOMMENDATIONS

We recommend all year round oral once a month tablets for dogs for flea and tick control. Nexgard, Simparica and Credelio are all isoxazoline insecticides. They block neurotransmitters in insects and ticks at extremely low levels, resulting in hyperexcitation and death. The effective level is too low to have an effect on mammals, which makes these products very safe. We also recommend Lyme Disease vaccinations for all dogs in our geographical area. Besides Lyme Disease, ticks in our area also carry Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Babesiosis. All of these diseases may also infect humans, so good tick prevention is essential to decrease the possibility of ticks being brought into the house.

We are pleased to offer Credelio, a new monthly oral tablet to control fleas and ticks on dogs. Like our other preventives, it belongs to the isoxazoline group, a neurotoxin to insects and ticks at an extremely low dose, and can be given to dogs at 8 weeks of age. One advantage is Credelio's ability to begin killing fleas and ticks within 4 hours, thus helping to prevent infections such as Anaplasmosis that can be transmitted sooner than Lyme disease infections. Credelio has a wide safety margin and there are no contraindications for it's use. Please click on the Credelio link below for more information and the $50 rebate that is available. 


For Information about Nexgard and how it works, click on the NEXGARD link below. We have coupons available for pricing below on line resellers, and all products purchased through us come with a manufacturer's guarantee. Please call us at 978-283-3238 with further questions. Nexgard and Credelio may be given to dogs beginning at 8 weeks of age. Additional savings are available when purchased with Heartgard or Interceptor Plus.


For information about Simparica, click on the SIMPARICA link below. Simparica is about 15% less expensive than Nexgard. The manufacturer will guarantee protection against Lyme Disease if administration is started at the time of a negative blood test. On their website there are printable coupons, which we also have at the office. 


To take advantage of our manufacturer's rebates and guarantees that help us to price these products below on line resellers, give us a call at 978-283-3238, or email to Orders may be mailed to you if you do not have time to drop in and sample our candy bowl at the front desk.