Yes, it has been a pleasure having a mild winter, hasn't it? Unfortunately, there is a potential downside for you and your dog. Some vets are predicting a flea season that is worse than most. Why? Because during cold weather, fleas are dormant, so a warmer winter could bring them to life earlier, meaning a longer "flea season."
Most dog owners are well aware of the wide variety of flea preventative treatments available. As an aside, if you are a Frontline user, there is now a less expensive generic version of Frontline available with the same ingredients. It is called Pet Armor and it is widely available at retail stores and online outlets. Of course, it is always a good idea to discuss any flea preventative treatment with your veterinarian.
Whatever you choose to use, the most important thing is to use it regularly. In fact, the climate in the Carolina mountains is temperate enough so that it makes sense to continue to treat your dog with a flea preventative year round. If you have ever had a flea infestation in your home, you know it is not fun. Flea preventative treatments are the best way to avoid this unfortunate situation.
Admittedly some pet owners do not like the chemicals in commercial flea preventative products. There is an alternative: natural products. There are several "natural" ways to prevent fleas with environmentally friendly, safe substances. They can be effective, but they may require testing and patience, since they are not completely foolproof.
If, however, you are strongly committed to solving the flea problem naturally, you might want to consider purchasing a copy of the eBook, "Flea Control: How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally." This comprehensive guide discusses basic principles of fighting fleas naturally, outside prevention including five natural methods of outdoor flea control, ways to fight fleas on your pet by diet and using natural substances, and ways to rid your home of a flea infestation using natural substances. The book also contains a "toolkit" with chapter extras and checklists.
Full disclosure: This blogger authored the "Flea Control" book. I am a professional freelance writer with pet experience and I was contracted by the publisher to write this book. I can tell you that it was very carefully researched and was reviewed and received positive feedback from a number of veterinarians. For further details about the book, visit: http://www.fleacontrolbook.com
"Flea Control: How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally" is available for $14.95 at the Amazon Kindle store. You can also purchase it directly from the publisher.