Originally Posted by Mijo
i was told by my vet that if the flea / tick medication also repels "skeeters" then heartworm medication is overkill.
Sorry, but your vet couldn't be more wrong.
Heartworm preventative is the MOST important out of the two medications. We don't do flea/tick stuff but not medicating for HW is like basically gambling with your puppy's life. It is imperative if you live somewhere mosquitos live, your dog be on HW preventative. I think not having your dog on the preventative is basically as bad as hitting it or abusing it.
Flea/Tick depends where you live. Where we are it is really dry and our dogs our outside every day and we've never seen a single flea (knock on wood) so I have the medication if I need to treat for it, but we don't use it monthly.