I noticed Zoey has been scratching a lot and has lots of flakes and dry skin and I noticed everytime I played with her I would get bug bites. So off to the vet to investigate. I hadnt been happy with my first vet so I went to another that was recommended to me. The previous vet would give her vaccines.. "oh she has hookworm" dewormed her and off we went. He wouldnt really give her a physical or anything, idk if thats even required?? anyways... so i went to this new vet and he was great! I talked to him about the itching and scratching and I originally assumed it was mites.. but no.. it was a flea infestation. :o I also asked if he could check on how she was doing with the worms she had previously, because the past vet didnt bother to check her a second time to see if her hookworm had gone away, he would just give her another dewormer. So he checked and thankfully she didnt have hookworm... but she had tapeworms, most likely from the fleas! I felt so horrible that I hadnt noticed the fleas before and I should have taken her sooner. So he gave her a pill for the tapeworm and Im due back in 2-3 weeks. He gave me a special flea and tick shampoo for dry skin, he gave me pills for the itching, he also gave me a pill for the fleas, frontline to keep the fleas and ticks off and he recommended I start her on some meds to prevent heartworm (im guess because of the fleas) which I bought from there also. The vet bill didnt come out too big.. about $180, but I hope all this prevents future diseases and illnesses. I was also surprised about the fleas because I would spray her with "knockout" but he said it only worked great with ticks, and obviously it did because she didnt have ticks what so ever.. only fleas. Can you guys tell me what you use for prevention of fleas and ticks?? Obviously flea collars dont work alone... Im just trying to get this right because I am honestly a first time dog and first time boxer owner. Thanks..