Beware of Off-Brand Flea Treatments

Yes, buying an off-brand is cheaper, but is it really cheaper? I wanted to save money, so I bought Pet Action Plus vs. Frontline Plus for Casey & Tessie and Pet Armor vs. Advantage II for Jake. I have not seen any fleas, but they are scratching all the time. I never had this problem with the name brands (Advantage II & Frontline Plus).

I read several articles that caution pet owners to beware of off-brand products that say they have the same active ingredients as Frontline Plus. It’s not the active ingredients you have to worry about but the inactive ingredients.

Whether you’re mystified – or just mortified – by fleas and ticks, dispelling the following myths can help you gain a better understanding of these plentiful pests.

Myth: Cold weather kills fleas and ticks.
Fleas and ticks thrive in the fall and early winter. In fact, fall is peak time for deer ticks. And while you may see fewer fleas in frigid weather, they may still be living in your house and on wildlife in your yard. Plan to treat your pet and yard well into the fall and early winter (year-round if you live in a moderate climate).

Myth: If your dog is vaccinated against Lyme disease, a tick preventive is not necessary.
No vaccine protects 100%, so you do need to use a tick preventive, too. Also, ticks carry many other diseases, such as ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, for which there are no effective vaccines.

Myth: Cats don’t need flea and tick protection.
Other pets or people can bring fleas and ticks indoors to infest even the most reclusive cat. Feline flea and tick protection, such as Advantage® II Flea Control for Cats, is always a good idea.

Myth: City pets don’t need flea and tick protection.
Pets living in urban settings can still encounter fleas and ticks from wildlife, nearby grass or foliage, or encounters with other pets. To minimize infestation risk, treat your pet and outdoor areas.

Myth: Fleas prefer carpeted spaces.
Opportunistic fleas will happily occupy cracks between hardwood, laminate, or floor tiles, simply waiting for a host to pass by.

Myth: A few visible fleas = only a minor problem.
You’re seeing the adult fleas – not the hundreds of eggs, larvae, and pupae developing in surrounding areas. If you see even a few fleas, treat your pet, home, and yard immediately.

Myth: Once fleas are no longer visible, treatment is no longer necessary.
Even if fleas seem to be gone, stay vigilant. Prevention is key, especially after an infestation. We recommend continual use of a monthly topical on your pet(s), and regular treatment of your yard/outdoor areas.

And, here are 2 links to help you choose the best flea treatment for your pet:
“Dog Flea & Tick Control Comparison Chart”
“Flea & Tick Guide: Recommended by Region”

If you’re interested in a membership plan, PetCareRx offers PetPlus; however, the plan costs $50 per pet per year. It doesn’t offer enough of a savings for me, but check it out . . . .


It’s a Slugfest in WA State!

Snails & garden or garter snakes, too!

And, it’s snowing in the Springtime . . . .

All these guys come out when it’s cool & moist . . . .

I should have posted this like a week ago, because I think it’s officially Summertime now. We had some 90+ degree weather the last couple of days. We were hot . . . the cat was hot . . . the dogs were hot. The dogs periodically got doused with cold water, but they were still panting like crazy and then slept in front of one of the 3 fans we had running. We tried to buy a portable air conditioner, but all the stores were cleaned out. Luckily, I was able to order one online for store pick-up from Lowe’s today, so we’ll be ok when the next heat wave hits.

Apparently, most residential housing in Washington State does not have central air & heat, because it is simply not needed. Growing up in the South where you cannot live without it, it was pretty miserable . . . especially for Casey with his long fur coat!

Who Rules the Roost in Your House?

1. You spend little on yourself; but with your dog, the sky is the limit.
2. Your free time is focused on your pooch.
3. Your dog gives you commands to follow.
4. The only one getting beauty sleep is your dog.
5. You have to spell out certain words.
6. You spend more time managing your dog’s online presence than your own.

Which leads to the next story . . . .


1. Your dog eats better than you do—no grains, no GMOs, no preservatives.
2. If you have a significant other, they best give you your sleeping space—no cuddly sleepers need apply. But you will literally hang off the bed if your pup looks comfy.
3. When’s your friend’s birthday again? Not sure. But you know your pup’s birthday and definitely celebrate.
4. When you come home after interacting with any other dogs, you feel guilty. I mean, you don’t want your pup thinking you stepped out on them—you would never!
5. You probably talk some crap about your friends in different company, but God forbid someone utters an ill word about your pup. They’re dead to you. When they say you don’t talk about family, they OBVIOUSLY meant dogs too.
6. You are desensitized to humans getting hurt on TV or in the movies, but if something happens to a dog in any scene, you probably cry, turn it off, or storm out.
7. You may or may not have children of your own, but it really doesn’t matter either way because you have a million and one pictures of your pup on your phone and social media accounts and show them off with pride. You almost don’t even notice the eye-rolling anymore.
8. After a long, hard day when no one else can comfort you, sometimes all you need is a hug from your dog. They always know when you need some love and will never judge you when you’re being a big baby.
9. You have a hundred nicknames for your dog, some may not even be coherent words, just a string of syllables and sound effects. They get it, so who cares if anyone else does.
10. No matter how stressful your work day or how bad that commute home was, it’s always all better when you get that super-excited greeting from your dog. It makes it all worth it.