Your dog doesn't HAVE to have Fleas! Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a climate where fleas and ticks can’t flourish, you likely end up dealing with these pests once every year or two despite your best efforts. And while pills, topicals, and collars are all viable options for keeping your pets flea-free, it’s important to consider safety when choosing a preventative and moving forward with treatment. Flea and tick medicines are like any other drug or pesticide and do present a danger to pets when used incorrectly. Experts advise that you treat your pets at the start of the flea season to prevent initial infection. It’s easier to prevent a flea problem than to repair one. You should also read the label thoroughly before beginning treatment to ensure you are using the product correctly. Keep pets separate to prevent them from grooming one another and ingesting the chemicals, watch your pets for side effects after application, and contact your vet immediately if your pet begins acting strange. The FDA and EPA oversee development of flea and tick medicines to ensure they are not harmful to animals or their owners, but this only applies if you are using the product as outlined by the manufacturer. Remember: Flea, mosquito, and tick preventatives can help limit the risk of dangerous infections such as Lyme disease and heartworm.