Experts are predicting a worse than normal flea and tick season for pets but the good news for consumers is prices on popular prevention medications are coming down.
The patent has expired on Fipronil, one of them main ingredients in the popular flea and tick medication known as Frontline, so there are now several generic competitors out there with same active ingredient.
Ask your vet about using PetArmour Plus or Fiprogard, which can cost you half the price of Frontline. Also consider shopping online but beware of unfamiliar companies or ones outside the U.S. "When you do buy on line make sure you are purchasing from a reputable place," advised Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Smith.
How to find one that's reputable? Look for sites accredited by the Veterinary Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites, or VIPPS.
If you plan to shop at a brick and mortar retail store or purchase from your veterinarian check the manufactuer's site for printable or online coupons. Frontline has a buy six get two free offer and Fipronil has a $5 off printable coupon.
Most flea and tick medications are sold over the counter but heartworm preventative is not. So no matter where you buy, you'll need a prescription from a veterinarian.