we are moving to central oregon.
My hubby tells me there are NOT fleas or ticks there and
we won't need to buy Howdy anymore Frontline or Heartworm
preventative? Does anyone know the real story? Thanks for your help.
I never use flea and tick product when I lived in Montana because though they can exist there it just wasnt a problem. And mosquitos were virtually non existent so I didnt heartworm either. Your new vet should be able to give you the best information once you get there!
I live in Oregon...although I have only been here 1 year and we live between Salem and Corvallis....sort of coastal, but my vet always checks my dog for fleas so I assume they could be a problem....I buy the stuff in case. I'll call them and ask them what they think about the winter months and get back to this post...Leslie
I personally would not take a chance...the treatment is easy, usually harmless, and very effective...
When we moved into an older home (we had NO animals of ANY type at the time) we had a HORRIBLE flea infestation! For some reason the hatched after we had been in the home for about a year...and we had the pest control people baffled...they treated our home and yard for over 6 months and were finally able to get rid of them! It was such a nightmare.
So, since I had such a horrifying experience, I can't recommend letting nature take it's course...as long as there is a possibility of flea infestation, I'd treat my dog.
I don't know about Central Oregon, but my parents live in Southeastern Washington just a few miles from the Oregon border in the dry side of the state. We took Archie for a hike last summer and he came back covered with ticks. Of course he was on medication and they died if they bit him, but still, it was disgusting.
When he was a puppy and we took him for his first vet appt., she asked if we would be traveling to that Eastern Washington, and was very clear that he needed the flea and tick medication plus heartworm.
I would guess Central OR might have similar conditions.
When you find a vet there, they will have current information for you.