The Importance of Dog Flea and Tick Control Year-Round

This post is sponsored by Vectra® 3D, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute puppy photos are 100% my own.

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As you know, we got our new puppy, Astro, in May.

Once he was old enough and weighed enough for Vectra® 3D, we were excited to start him on it. I’m sure it’s similar with many parts of the United States, but our fleas and ticks don’t die out just because the weather is colder. In fact, our vet told us to use pet flea and tick control year-round! We have made the decision to do so, based on a few factors.

Let’s talk Vectra 3D!

Vectra® 3D for Dogs is a fast and effective monthly topical. It kills and repels mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, lice, biting flies and mites* (excluding mange mites) before they bite your dog. I love that it’s fast, effective, and easy to apply too!

Also, it kills fleas in four hours, and repels ticks before they can attach to dogs and take a blood meal. I haven’t seen a single insect on Athena or Astro since we started using it. It’s so easy. You use the applicator to part your dog’s fur at the base of her tail and you apply the product in a continuous line from the base of the tail along the center of her back, and up to her shoulder blades. You squeeze the applicator tube until it’s empty, but make sure you avoid superficial application to her fur. Astro is a little wiggly, which is why I’m glad this is quick.

Why We Use Vectra® 3D Year-Round:

1 – It’s possible for fleas, ticks, and other dangerous parasites to infect your dog, at any time of year, and it only takes one bite to potentially spread the disease. You need something fast-acting, long-lasting, and broad-spectrum protection.

2 – Vectra 3D protects for 1 month!

3 – And it offers protection for puppies as young as 8 weeks of age.

4 – It’s super easy to use, and doesn’t take long to offer a month of dog flea and tick control.

Dog Flea and Tick Control

I used to think that since we live in New England, we don’t have to worry about fleas and ticks unless it’s summer. I was really wrong! There aren’t any months of the year in which fleas and ticks haven’t been spotted locally.

Dog Flea and Tick Control

Make sure you talk to your vet about the different size packaging. You can purchase Vectra® 3D with different color codes for different weight ranges for your dogs. So for example, Athena uses Vectra® 3D Blue since she is between 21-55 pounds. A smaller dog would need to use Vectra® 3D Gold or Teal, etc.

Just a reminder that you never use Vectra® 3D on cats. Vectra® 3D is available through your veterinarian. To find it near you, visit

Dog Flea and Tick Control

Do you use dog flea and tick control year round?

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  1. Definitely have to check this out for Elsa as I agree tics are spotty all year long here. We have used a different brand. But this one definitely looks to be great at helping with tics. So thanks for sharing!!

  2. We’ve been very fortunate and our dogs don’t get fleas. So far ticks haven’t been a problem in Washington but I’m always on the look out!

  3. Hi Tamara, we swap between Vectra 3D and Stronghold depending on the time of year and I can’t even remember why we started doing that. To keep the parasites on their toes maybe? Astro looks adorable and clealy flea free.


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