Fleas!!

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  1. gell914

    gell914 New Member

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    well my friend's 2 months goldie has lots of fleas in his body..she just found 3 fleas awhile ago.... my questions are:

    -What do you do with the flea that's found? do you throw it away to the trash can or put it in a bowl of alcohol or insecticide..i mean..does it really matter?

    -what to do with the dog?

    -does flea collar works?

    -its winter now and can she bathe him using anti-flea shampoo? will it work?


    thanx..
     
  2. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    You kill the flea! Doesn't matter how, just kill it. I usually drop fleas - and ticks - in the commode after I've killed them to make sure they're really gone, lol.

    As long as she bathes him inside and keeps him in a warm room until he's dry there's nothing wrong with a winter bath. I'd suggest a flea shampoo with Neem as the active ingredient. It's an organic insecticide that is non-toxic to man and beast. It's the only active flea ingredient I've ever been able to use on my dogs without having my hands and arms itch for days afterward, so I can only imagine how much better it feels on the dogs' skin. Most good pet supply stores carry it, or you can probably find it at a health food store that carries pet stuff.

    Many dogs are allergic to regular flea collars, and I've never found them to be terribly effective. There are organic ones available, but I haven't used them, so I can't tell you anything about how effective they are.

    I've never had much luck with the garlic and brewers yeast added to the diet either, and it tends to make some dogs pretty gassy.

    I live in an area of the country that's very conducive to fleas and the only thing I've ever found to really keep them at bay is the stuff you get at the vet's that you put on the back of their neck. I don't use them at all during the winter months though. Every now and then I'll see one or two fleas, but I figure the dogs are better off with a break from the flea meds for a few months. During the cold winter it's pretty easy to keep fleas at bay with an occasional Neem shampoo.

    I DON'T like the idea of the pills/treats that are supposed to keep them flea free. There's no way something like that can be good for your dog's health! My vet doesn't even offer them as an option.
     
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    Your friend will also need to treat her house. Being wintertime the goldens aren't bringing them in from outside. The best way in my opinion is to go to the pet supply store and pick up some flea bombs to treat the house. They will need to find somewhere to go with the dogs for a few hours but this is the only way to get them out of all the nooks & crannies in the house. She can try the sprays for the carpets & furniture, etc. and extensive vacuuming but I have usually found that doesn't do it completely and the problem resurfaces fairly soon.
     
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    we are flea sadist here, MOm has a can that has soapy water in it and drops the flea in that. UNfortuantly my daughter left two kittens there while they were staying here last summer and the kittens left fleas. You can't go down her basement without being loaded so the can of soappy water is there to pick them *&^(&% things off. It kills them instantly. EVer see a flea circus? If they are in a box with a lid on it they learn they can only jump so high and then when u take the lid off they won't jump out. Mom needs to bomb but she won't do it...Why oh why I don't know! I use Muleteam borax as a preventative in the carpet and such. I read a vetranarian that had a daughter allergic to the sprays..as I am and he said that even breathing borax wont hurt you. With bathing my dogs as often as I do and keeping the floors treated and vacuumed we never have a flea problem. Your friend needs to bomb, put borax down under the cushions of the dog bed and people furniture too..work some in the carpet to kill the larva. GEEEEZ I hate fleas.
     
  5. Renee750il

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    I'm afraid of those flea bombs ever since my Mom had such a bad reaction to them. We set a couple off in our big (HUGE) old house, the old fashioned kind that aren't sealed up like modern houses and for a period of a couple of weeks she kept getting disoriented. She even woke up in the middle of the night one night when the power was out so the room was dark, and on her way to the door got disoriented and lost in her own bedroom! She had to yell until my Dad woke up and got her. Granted, it was a huge bedroom (22' X 24'), but it was pretty frightening. We realized what was happening and spent the next few days with all the windows open. Once we got it thorougly aired out she was all right.

    The only way I'd feel remotely safe using a bomb would be if I sealed all the cupboards with duct tape and left for at least a week, then I'd want to air the house out for a couple of days. That stuff is just too scary for me.

    Now the 20 Mule Team Borax is amazing stuff! And it's the best bathroom cleaner I've ever found - especially for old porcelain tubs, and it does no harm.
     
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    Borax is also a great roach repellent. :)
     
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    Cats are usually the ones that bring in the fleas.....Treating the dogs and not the cats first is a mistake. I HATED fleas !! I don't have any cats now and luckily my neigbor with fleas ridden cats has moved.!!
     
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    Glad you mentioned that! Cats do seem to be more susceptible to fleas. I've kept my cats inside exclusively for years and kept from having any problems that way. My Gomez is happily living with my parents now that I spend all this time at the farm. I'd never be able to keep him in the house here, and he'd go nuts dealing with Shiva and Kharma and he'd be coyote bait if he got out. He has absolutely no sense of fear of dogs. :rolleyes: But I miss having a cat in the house with me. [sigh] But at least he's not lonesome with Mom's little Gracie cat and Katie the Rat Terrier to play with.
     
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    Outside cats seem to always have fleas. My vet pointed this out many years ago saying they get them from the mice, chipmonks etc they prey on.( we lived in a woods ) This is gross, but true. When our black cat , Minou, died many years ago at 20 plus years, I wrapped her in a white towel until I could take her in for cremation. The next morning when I unwrapped her, there must have been 50 fleas on the towel. I thought she was flea free !! Poor girl, I used to treat her by putting all except her head in a plastic bag and spray the inside of the bag with flea spray. Didn't want to spray her and felt the fumes would take care opf the fleas!! Bad Mommy !! Sigh, you live and learn.
     
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    The flea remedies we had years ago were not only inadequate, some of them were just downright barbaric, but we did the best we could with what was available. The fleas make them ill and destroy their long term health, not to mention making them miserable.

    Fleas are bad about hitching a ride indoors on your shoes and ankles too. Nasty little bitey critters!
     
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    We've never had fleas. When I lived in Chile the people got fleas too. It came off the wood for the stove I think. I never got them though and my closest friend did.

    I guess we don't have fleas out here because it's winter right now and the cats are indoors.

    So, I'm useless. :)
     
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    No, dear, you're flea-less. ;)
     
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    Lol that's a good thing
     

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