Archive for the ‘Fleas and Ticks’ Category


Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Companies like Interceptor are offering not only a $12 rebate with the purchase of 12 doses, but also a free Sock Monkey Toy with the purchase of 12 doses.

Companies like Interceptor are offering not only a $12 rebate with the purchase of 12 doses, but also a free Sock Monkey Toy with the purchase of 12 doses.



Call our office at (978) 632-7110 or stop in and visit. We will design a heartworm, flea & tick prevention program that is right for the needs of your pet’s life stage and medical status, as well as your family’s lifestyle, and help you balance the benefits of each product while making sure you get the best discounts possible on the products of your choosing.


The product manufacturers of the following products provide veterinarians with special promotions that are only available through your veterinarian, to encourage the purchase of their product from an educated source.  As an added bonus, most product manufacturers guarantee the efficacy of their products from a veterinarian and most don’t guarantee the efficacy of their product when purchased from an outside source.  We are excited to be able to offer you the following promotional offers from our product manufacturers in 2015.


Advantage Multi for Cats (Monthly topical liquid: fleas/ear mites/roundworms/hookworms/heartworm):  Buy 2 Six Packs (equals 12 tubes) for Price of 9 tubes, or Buy 1 Six Pack and Get 2 Tubes Free, or Buy 4 Tubes & Get 1 Free; Expires 12/31/2015.  Redeemed at time of purchase.  (Manufacturer:  Bayer)

Advantage Multi for Cats (Monthly topical liquid: flea/ear mites/roundworms/hookworms/heartworm) & Seresto Collar for Cats (Collar:  flea/tick)Purchase Combo:  Buy 6 doses of Advantage Feline Multi & 1 Seresto Collar for Cats; $50 Mail in Rebate; Expires 1/15/16.  We mail in the rebate for you, you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address directly from the manufacturer.  (Manufacturer:  Bayer)

Frontline Plus Dogs or Cats (Monthly topical liquid: flea/tick):  Buy 6 doses & Get 2 Free; or Buy 3 Doses & Get 1 Free; Expires 12/31/15; Redeemed at time of purchase.  (Manufacturer:  Merial)

Nexgard Dogs (Monthly beef flavored chew: flea/tick):  Buy 6 doses & Get 1 Free; Expires 12/31/15; Redeemed at time of purchase.  (Manufacturer:  Merial)

Heartgard Plus Dogs (Monthly beef flavored chew:  heartworm/roundworm/hookworm):  Buy 12 Doses ; $12 Mail in Rebate; Expires 12/31/15; We mail in the rebate for you, you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address directly from the manufacturer.  (Manufacturer:  Merial)

Heartgard Plus Dog/Frontline Plus Dog Purchase Combo:  Buy 12 Heartgard Chews & Buy 6 Frontline Plus Tubes; $50 Mail in Rebate; Expires 12/31/15;  We mail in the rebate for you, you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address directly from the manufacturer.  (All other Heartgard or Frontline promotions do not apply with this offer.)  (Manufacturer: Merial)

Heartgard Plus Dog/Nexgard Dog Purchase Combo: Buy 12 Heartgard Chews & Buy 6 Nexgard Chews; $50 Mail in Rebate; Expires 12/31/15; We mail in the rebate for you, you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address directly from the manufacturer.  (All other Heartgard or nexgard promotions do not apply with this offer.)  (Manufacturer:  Merial)

Bravecto Dogs (Every 3 Month beef flavored chew:  flea/tick/demodex mange):  Buy 2 Doses (equivalent to 6 months protection) & Receive $15 Rebate; Buy 4 Doses (equivalent to 12 months protection) & Receive $35 Rebate; Expires 12/31/15.  We give you a code to login on line to process your rebate.  The manufacturer mails your rebate check to the address you provide.  (Manufacturer:  Merck)

Interceptor Dogs:  (Monthly beef flavored chewable tablet:  heartworm/roundworm/hookworm/whipworm): Buy 12 Doses; Receive Free Sock Monkey Stuffed Pet Toy and $12 Mail in Rebate; Expires 12/31/15; We mail in the rebate for you, you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address direct from the manufacturer. (Manufacturer:  Elanco)

Interceptor Cats:  (Monthly beef flavored chewable tablet:  heartworm/roundworm/hookworm): Buy 12 Doses; Receive Free Sock Monkey Stuffed Pet Toy and $12 Mail in Rebate; Expires 12/31/15; We mail in the rebate for you, you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address direct from the manufacturer. (Manufacturer:  Elanco)

Seresto Collars -Cat, Small Dog, or Large Dog (8 month collar:  flea/tick):  Buy 1 Collar ; $15 Mail in Rebate;  Expires 6/30/15;  We provide you the rebate coupon that you send into the manufacturer and you receive the rebate check in the mail at your home address directly from the manufacturer.  (Manufacturer:  Bayer)


What We Carry & Recommend for Heartworm, Flea or Tick Product at the GACC:


Seresto: (active ingredients: flumethrin/imidacloprid)  8 Month Collar, Fleas/Ticks; Sizes:  Cat, Small Dog, Large Dog

Advantage Multi Cats:  (active ingredients:  imidacloprid/moxidectin)  Monthly Topical Liquid, Fleas/Ear Mites/ Roundworms/ Hookworms/ Heartworm); Sizes:  Cats 2-5lbs, Cats 5.1 – 9lbs, Cats 9.1-18lbs

Frontline Plus Dogs: (active ingredients:  fipronil/s-methoprene)  Monthly Topical Liquid, Fleas/Tics; Sizes:  5-22lbs; 23-44lbs; 48-88lbs; 89-132lbs

Frontline Plus Cats:  (active ingredients:  fipronil/s-methoprene)  Monthly Topical Liquid, Fleas/Ticks; Sizes:  (For Cats & Kittens 8 Weeks and Older)

Nexgard Dogs:  (active ingredient: afoxolaner)  Monthly Beef Flavored Chew, Fleas/Ticks; Sizes:  4-10lbs, 10.1-24lbs; 24.1-60lbs; 60.1-121lbs

Bravecto Dogs: (active ingredient:  fluralaner) Every 3 Month Beef Flavored Chew, Fleas/Ticks: Sizes:  4.4-9.9lbs, 9.9 – 22lbs, 22-44lbs, 44-88lbs, 88-123lbs

Interceptor Dogs:  (active ingredient:  milbemycin)  Monthly Chewable Beef Flavored Tablet, Heartworm/Hookworm/Roundworm/Whipworm: Sizes:  2-10lbs; 11-25lbs; 26-50lbs; 51-100lbs; Over 100lbs.

Interceptor Cats: (active ingredient:  milbemycin)  Monthly Chewable Beef Flavored Tablet, Heartworm/Roundworm/Hookworm:  Sizes:  1.5-6lbs; 6.1-12lbs; 12.1-25lbs

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification on any product and for product pricing.  Often once the rebate is applied or free product dispensed our prices are lower than most outside sources.



Itchy Pets are Miserable Pets!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

It’s a common occurrence…pet owners expressing feelings of frustration, helplessness and even despair from a single symptom.  Their pets itch and scratch, itch and scratch – and it is not a flea problem!  Although this may not seem like a big deal, these owners suffer through sleepless nights as their pets scratch and chew and lick, all in an attempt to get some needed relief.  If it’s not fleas…what can this common problem be?

Seeing a beloved pet scratch often leads many owners think their pets have fleas.  When trips to the veterinarian and doses of flea products fail to resolve the itchiness, it is time to think about environmental allergies, or ATOPY.

Just like people, our pets can suffer from allergies and sensitivities to particles in the air.  Many times, pollen, certain grasses and trees or even dust mites can trigger this reaction in pets.

Unlike people though, our pets rarely sneeze and show signs similar to “hay fever”.  Instead, our pets are itchy and they will do anything to relieve that sensation.  Some pets scratch constantly, others lick and chew at certain spots, like their feet and still others might rub against carpets and furniture.  This behavior, and the consistent noises and thumps produced, is often too much for many pet owners.  Sadly, some pets are relinquished to shelters or rescues due to a condition that is actually manageable.


Do Generic Flea Products Meet Your Pet’s Needs

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

For almost two decades, safe, effective flea medications from your veterinarian have helped
pet owners battle these blood-sucking parasites.  Now, several “generic” flea medications are flooding the market, showing up in big box stores and grocery stores across the country.  Will these cheaper medications help more pets or do they have the potential for failure?

For a long time, flea control consisted of harsh products that were related to nerve gases of World War I.  Many of these carbamates and organophosphates worked well at killing fleas, but unfortunately, they weren’t very safe for pets and had the potential for severe toxicity. Then, about fifteen years ago, modern chemistry helped give us safer topical flea treatments.  Because fleas, ticks and other parasites are medical problems that need educated medical recommendations, the companies producing the new products chose to sell these flea medications only through veterinarians.

Fast forward to present day and you can find many flea products both over the counter (OTC) and through veterinary or “ethical” channels.  Annual sales of flea and tick medications exceed $1 billion and there are many companies eager to get their share of the pie.

Recently, the compound, fipronil became available for generic use.  The original patent holder, Merial, produces an excellent flea product (Frontline®) that was the main choice of veterinarians for many years.  Now, no less than 15 “generic” fipronil flea products will be offered in the OTC markets.

What does this mean for you and your pets? Can you feel comfortable with generic flea medications?


The Down & Dirty on the Flea Battle

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I hope all of you had a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday.  My family had a wonderful time together with a cookout, fireworks and a parade.

Many of us enjoy snuggling close to our pets and despite misguided news reports detailing health risks, most of us will continue to do so.

But, there is a risk of sleeping with pets and it has to do with diseases carried by our old enemy, the flea.  So…what’s the best way to shut down this annual pest?  Fleas may be one of our pets’ worst enemies, but they don’t have to conquer your pet or your home.

The most common type of flea in the U.S. is the Ctenocephalides felis…or the Cat Flea.  Despite its name, this species will feed from cats, dogs and even humans. These wingless insects attack both people and pets and feed by drawing blood from their host.

While most people relate to the irritation of flea bites, fleas can transmit more serious diseases.  Flea allergy dermatitis is certainly the most common problem associated with fleas, but they can also transmit Bubonic Plague, tapeworms and Feline Infectious Anemia.

The challenge of winning the flea battle lies in understanding the flea’s life stages, then attacking all levels of the life cycle.

A single female flea can lay 20-50 eggs at a time, creating over 2000 fleas in her life span of three months.  With just 25 adult female fleas that equates to more than a quarter of a million fleas in only 30 days! (more…)

Is Lyme Disease Increasing in Dogs?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Along with the arrival of warm weather, Mother Nature annually re-introduces large populations of bugs.  Spring is an active period for many pests, including the pesky blood-sucking tick.

Ticks are the carrier for Lyme Borreliosis, more commonly known as Lyme disease. This illness, transmitted by tick-borne bacteria, affects dogs, horses and humans.  Recent reports reflect an increase of human-diagnosed Lyme disease in certain areas of North America.

Are Lyme Disease numbers for dogs on the rise as well?

Lyme disease is named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut where it was reported in epidemic proportions in the mid-1970s.  This disease has been diagnosed in people since 1975 and dogs since 1984.  Although the disease is more prevalent in Lyme vectors along the Eastern coastline, it has been diagnosed in all 50 states.

Certain tick species transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.  The most common species in North America are the black-legged (deer) tick and the western black-legged tick.

Lyme disease affects animals differently, with some showing no signs of being affected.  Others manifest symptoms like: lethargy, joint pain, limping, lymph node swelling and fever.  Lyme disease symptoms typically do not show up in dogs until 2-5 months after infection.


Lyme Disease Takes Flight!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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Fleas Really Get Under Our Skin!!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Every year pet owners suffer the same frustrations.  Warmer weather means more parasites, especially fleas!  And, despite good, veterinary approved products, some pets are still subjected to these nasty bugs!  What can we do to stop the infestation?

Fleas are truly a pet owner’s curse and worst nightmare.  Designed to survive and efficient at reproducing, these blood-sucking pests can quickly overrun house and home!  In addition to causing misery for our pets, fleas have the potential to carry serious, even deadly diseases.  In order to defeat this enemy, we need to understand their life cycle and dispel persistent myths that lead to ineffective control.

For every adult flea seen on a dog or cat, there are about 95 other fleas in various life stages (eggs, larvae and pupae) around the pet’s environment.  The failure to address the juvenile life stages is a primary reason why owners never seem to win any battles against fleas.  People also misunderstand how adult fleas interact with pets.

Once an adult flea finds your pet, there is very little short of death that will remove that flea from your dog or cat.  People want to believe that fleas jump from pet to pet, like it is often depicted in cartoons.  The fact is once a flea starts taking a blood meal from an animal, the flea will die within two hours if removed from the pet.  Pets acquire fleas by picking them up from the environment, not from playing with their canine and feline friends.


Controlling Ticks

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

To most pet owners, the return of spring is a joyous occasion. The opportunity to spend quality time with your pet outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. Just be sure to watch out for some sneaky critters waiting to feast on your pet’s blood!

Everyone is well aware of the irritation that fleas can cause our pets, as well as pesky mosquitoes spreading heartworm disease. But another problem parasite that shows up in the spring and stays until about October is the tick – and they can cause serious problems, some of them deadly.

There are over 850 known species of ticks in the world and these relatives of spiders can be found as parasites on mammals, birds, and even reptiles. Here in the United States, dog and cat owners have less than a dozen species to deal with, but all of these ticks can harbor a variety of serious diseases, such as Erhlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme Disease.


Ordinary Bugs Causing Extraordinary Disease!

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Last week, the EPA announced its investigation into the over the counter flea and tick products. The announcement has led to owners everywhere calling their veterinarians with questions. We are happy to answer these questions for you. The concerns raised are important, but as you will see, it is still important to use flea and tick products under the supervision of your veterinarian. It doesn’t matter if the bug has six legs or eight. Pet owners despise both fleas and ticks and the annual nuisance they cause. You aren’t aware of it, but relieving pets of these pesky parasites might also prevent some nasty diseases.

Does the mere sight of a tick make you queasy? Do fleas on your pets cause an edgy, “itchy” feeling? Fortunately, working with veterinarians, you can ease your pets’ discomfort and provide a sense of relief. What’s even better? Each dead flea or tick is one less potential vector for some pretty serious diseases.


Boston’s Channel 5 News Story about Fleas and Ticks

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Last night, Team 5 Investigates did a story about adverse reactions to over the counter (OTC) flea and tick “spot-on” treatments. We hear this scenario all the time in practice. An owner walks into a pet store or other merchandise store looking for a product to help protect their pets from fleas and ticks. The concerned pet owner picks a product off the shelf claiming to help. Unfortunately, there is not an expert there to discuss the active ingredients in the product, the correct directions for use, or the potential side effects. The product is applied to the pet and then a reaction occurs. Thankfully, in the news story, the owner’s pet is doing well. However, there is a lesson to be learned from this story and the story released by the EPA last week.