Need advice - Confused about tick/flea prevention
Living in upstate NY, ticks are a problem. Not so much fleas. I check for ticks/fleas daily, and have found only one tick embedded in Lucy in the 6 weeks she has been with me. She just received her second lyme vaccine. She is on Sentinel monthly, which I understand inhibits the development of flea eggs, but does nothing for ticks. The vet wants to put her on Vectra monthly, and I just don't feel comfortable with using topical tick/flea treatment. Lucy was treated with Revolution at the shelter the day I picked her up, and within two days she was very ill with high fever and abnormal red blood cell and platelet count. Research about Revolution revealed that many other owners have reported the same illness in their dogs after using that product. I have had one vet assure me that she has observed no problems using Revolution, and my regular vet tells me the same about Vectra. I'm worried that Lucy will have a similar reaction to any topical and I don't want to risk it.
If you have used Vectra, would you please share your experience with me. Or, if you have a better prevention method, please share that. Any input would be most appreciated.