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Posted: 11/17/2012 11:37:33 PM
I noticed a flea on my dog on Tuesday and I have been a crazy lady cleaning, vacuuming, doing laundry and giving the dogs baths.

I treated them a few weeks ago with the Costco brand of flea/ tick and I guess that's my mistake! I have been sprinkling a food grade power called DE. And it's supposed to dry the fleas out. What else should I be doing ? I just want them gone!!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:11:10 AM
We have the same problem but with our cats.
And I'm the only one in the house the fleas seem to be attracted to. (never been more flattered )

I sprinkle some baking soda all over the rug and let it sit for a couple of hours then vacuum.

Are you using regular Dawn dish soap for your dog baths?

Keep a tub of vaseline near by so if you find one on you (you can feel the sting ...yuk ) or you see one take a straw or q-tip dab it in the vaseline and stick it on the flea, it will lift the flea up and it will be stuck for good. Then just throw it away or if you're like me at times burn the crap outa them

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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:00:25 AM

I think that I would call the vet, explain the situation, and ask for suggestions-to prevent fleas from getting on the dogs. It might not be safe to use another brand of flea treatment so soon.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:23:56 AM
We just fostered a rescue. Fortunately, we knew she had fleas right away.

Call your doctor and get a Capstar tablet. Fleas will fall off the dog starting in 20 mns and it will take 24 hours to be flea-free. This is not expensive. I think it cost about $6.

Most of the fleas are in your house. Only about 1% of the fleas are on your dog and the eggs are NOT on your dog (says my vet). The eggs are in your house somewhere and hatch every 3 days. You are not flea-free until you are flea-free for 2 weeks.

BTW, my vet laughed his fool head off about the Dawn, but I thought it worked a bit until I could get the capstar tablet.

We didn't have them in the house, but I have heard diphaneous (I have no idea how to spell this word) dirt is great to get rid of them naturally.

Good luck!


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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:22:10 AM
Get a Comfortis pill from the vet. It will kill every flea on the dog within one hour and it works for a month. Best.invention.ever.

I don't know if it's the same as Capstar mentioned above or not.

We had 2 outdoor golden retrievers that would spend time in our basement (nights, rain, cold/hot weather) and the first year they brought fleas in. I freaked out. I used Comfortis every month after that and I never found another flea on them and you know they still had to be in our yard.

Good luck! I hate fleas they give me the heebie jeebies more that anything else.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 11:32:45 AM
We use Comfortis and are very happy with it. We used Advantage before, but I had a lot of objections to it. I'm thrilled that there is a new alternative.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 5:57:08 PM
The all natural powder some have referred to is "diatomaceous earth". It can be used on you pet and in our house. Totally safe but buy "food grade"!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:00:47 PM
and my friends vet recommended washing her dogs in blue dawn and sprinkle borax on the carpet and vaccum up and even to sprinkle it in the yard. She said the blue dawn really worked!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:06:30 PM
We dealt with fleas at the beginning of the year. We tried it all...
organic fleas sprays that use cedar to kill fleas
brewers yeast
vacumming 3 times a day
combing them 3 times a day
baths every day
you name it, we tried it. We went thru phases where they were everywhere and then times when we thought we had it under control. Even had our lawn sprayed twice and inside sprayed once with our pest control company and THAT didn't even work.

Not sure if it was a combo of everything we did, but we finally got them under control with Trifexis. It treats dogs for fleas, heart worms, all that good stuff. It will replace heart guard if you use that already. Only draw back is that it is expensive.

Good luck in the fight!!!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:09:35 PM
We have the same problem but with our cats.
And I'm the only one in the house the fleas seem to be attracted to. (never been more flattered )

Me too! Thank goodness I am not the only one they love, except my body does NOT like them. I've been getting hives from them forever. I have been vacuuming, bathing, more vacumming, more bathing the animals and they are STUBBORN little things!

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:09:51 PM
My vet recommended Vectra. I get it from the vet. It works great, because Frontline and Advantix weren't working anymore.

Fleas are becoming immune to some of the long time products.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:12:07 PM
Let me add that a friend had the same problem and used Confortis and it worked for them. Confortis helps with the fleas but no protection from heart worms.

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