The short answer is that flea and tick medication is to be tailored to each individual pet’s needs. Based on the pet’s age, breed, lifestyle and travel habits, there are many choices. Dogs and cats should be on a heartworm prevention every month of their lives, and here in Florida, we recommend year round flea control too! For cats Revolution is the ‘no-brainer’ product of choice. It protects cats against heartworms, fleas and intestinal parasites. For dogs Sentinel can be used for heartworm, flea and intestinal parasite protection. As for a ‘flea only’ medication Comfortis is a great pick, and for tick control a Preventic Collar or Advantix can be used. A physical examination is needed every 12 months (according to Florida law) in order for a veterinarian to prescribe any of these products. During the examination the doctor will be able to design a specific plan to protect your pet against all of the parasites that may be a potential hazard to your four legged friend! Call to speak with a doctor at any time.