Fleas!!!! D:

Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by Bubba Love, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 at the moment
    Location:
    St. Louis Missouri
    so my stepfathers son went overseas on a tour of duty and left his flea ridden dog here with us without telling us he had fleas, now my dog, and my stepdads dog have fleas and i am pissed, i was wondering if someone could let me know what they did that worked to get rid of them, and what type of products did you use?
     
  2. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    12,548
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boston
    Laundry on HOT for all the dog stuff
    Dawn dishsoap baths for all the animals
    I don't have carpet but if I did, I would get some flea powder, foam, shampoo stuff..and vacuum vacuum vacuum!

    and k9advantix is the only thing that works here. Frontline is like very expensive water.. there appears to be some kind of flea immunity
     
  3. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 at the moment
    Location:
    St. Louis Missouri
    i agree with the frontline comment... so just dish soap works on getting them off?, we were going to bomb every bit of the house we can
     
  4. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    12,548
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boston
    Dawn will kill the ones on the dog pretty well. Just rinse, lather up really well, let it sit for a minute and then rinse again. I usually do it twice just in case then do some conditioner since dish soap is really drying!

    oh yea. and totally bomb the place if you can..
     
  5. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 at the moment
    Location:
    St. Louis Missouri
    what type of conditioner do you use?
     
  6. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 at the moment
    Location:
    St. Louis Missouri
    has anyone ever used flea shampoo?
     
  7. misfitz

    misfitz Ruddy Buttinski

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    457
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    one dog and one cat
    Location:
    LaLa Land
    Home Page:
    Flea shampoo works, too, but the chemicals are more harsh on the dogs. I would try the Dawn first. And Fran's other suggestions.

    If you have carpets, vacuum them every day and empty the vacuum bag/canister all the way out to the trash. I've dealt with a pretty bad flea problem before, and the main thing is just to keep after it for a while. That way you get the adults, larvae and eggs and no more hatch. It may take a couple of weeks. Bombing the house is not a bad idea either.

    Frontline doesn't work here, either. Advantage II seems to work, but not regular Advantage.
     
  8. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    94,266
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    3, Bimmer, GSDX (m); Kharma, Fila Brasileiro (f);
    Location:
    Where the selas blooms
    Home Page:
    We've been slammed with them here this year. Advantix has been the only thing that's worked. The individual vials are expensive, though, so I ordered a bulk vial from Discount Flea through Amazon for $46. If I remember right, it's equivalent to ten of the largest single vials.
     
  9. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 at the moment
    Location:
    St. Louis Missouri
    apparently my dad's girl friend used a pill? it supposedly kills them within 30 minutes, anyone tried this?
     
  10. spiffy

    spiffy New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Guess you and your stepfather are scratching too. :lol-sign: Flea treatment products are widely available. You can get a prescription from a vet or you can opt for over the counter products. But to remove these pesky fleas from the dogs and from your home it would be best to wash the dogs' bed, blanket and toys in hot water. More importantly, use the vacuum more often.
     
  11. Danefied

    Danefied New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,722
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    One husband of 15 years
    Location:
    Southeast
    The pill is either capstar, comfortis, or trifexis.
    Capstar treats the fleas your dog has but won’t prevent him from getting more.
    Comfortis treats and prevents fleas.
    Trifexis prevents fleas and heartworm.

    I have used comfortis with good results, but we did not have a bad infestation. Never saw actual fleas, just saw the dogs itching and one had flea dirt.
    A friend of mine has been battling fleas all summer and comfortis didn’t work for her.
     
  12. AllieMackie

    AllieMackie Wookie Collie

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Messages:
    6,601
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Professional Illustrator
    Location:
    Ottawa, ON
    Home Page:
    That's probably Capstar. It kills the adult fleas within a day (starts working within 30 minutes) and is good for immediate relief for the pet and slight ease of housecleaning for the owner, haha.

    You still need to use a treatment of some sort for a few months to take care of hatching eggs and stopping the overall flea life cycle. You should also still be vigilant with washing/vacuuming for quite a while.

    We had a minor flea issue almost a month ago here and the dogs/cat just got their second treatment of Advantix/Advantage and a full vacuum/wash is happening again on Monday. Le sigh.
     
  13. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    94,266
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    3, Bimmer, GSDX (m); Kharma, Fila Brasileiro (f);
    Location:
    Where the selas blooms
    Home Page:
    You may need to spread diatomaceous earth outside. Once they get started outside they'll hitch a ride inside on you, even after the dogs are treated :(
     
  14. Bubba Love

    Bubba Love Wubba Wuv!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2005
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2 at the moment
    Location:
    St. Louis Missouri
    gaaah i hate em....
     

Share This Page