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post #1 of 28 Old 10-14-2009, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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My dog has fleas. Anyone else deal with this?

I decided to be nice and let him [Tyson; Dachshund] sleep in bed with us last night. He usually stays in bed until I am ready to leave for work, at which point I take him outside to do his business. This morning I noticed a bunch of little black things in the sheets. I realized this was the flea larvae and that we had some problems. I noticed he had been acting funny the past couple of days, and my fiance says that she thought she saw a bug on him the other evening.

I put a dose of Frontline on him before I went to work. I also picked up some flea shampoo, comb and flea bombs. He got a bath this evening, I'm doing a crap load of laundry, and I've vacuumed the floors three times. The poor guy has all these little red bite marks on the underside of him. I even grabbed an adult flea running through his hair.

I haven't bombed the apartment yet since it says you need to leave for two hours. I don't know what else to do, but I'm really paranoid about the whole situation. Another problem is that it's homecoming weekend at PSU, but now we've got to stay here since no one can watch him and no kennel will take him. I've got two days to sell a pair of tickets! Geez!

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Anyone else have to deal with this?

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Yea my dog (Moose, American Bulldog) recently got fleas for a second time, before we found out he got them from the groomer, we bombed the areas he stayed in alot, the small chair he has and his bed, but somehow about 3 months later they came back, idk what to do, but so far the second time around its looking better, we got a pet safe anti tick and flea spray for is chair but his bed we just ended up throwing out, we just ordered him a new one. we also put a liquid on his back it absorbs through the skin and that helps alot too.

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The best thing you can really do is apply the flea resistant stuff to his skin. (theres a tube that you squeeze the stuff out of between the shoulder blades to the tail bone)

but you gotta bomb the house too, or the fleas will just come back

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Bomb is a bad idea!

Had stray/feral cats tear through a crawl space under my house. They had fleas, hence so did my yard and house. I had over 100 bites on my legs. Bite the bullet and call the exterminator! I tried sprays. I tried powders. Anything with boric acid (20 mule team borax detergent) is helpful. I spend several weekends spreading this detergent (and straight boric acid from the pet store) on my carpet and using a push broom to work it into the carpet. (All 4000 square feet of it!) I had to treat the lawns, cement, garage etc. I chose the exterminator finally when the I thought I was close, but still had one or two on me. He came, sprayed the house, I had to leave for two hours, but no nearly as messy as a bomb. Week and a half, no sign of them (knocks on wood). The pet store told me if I had a pet that front line would take care of it in a few days as the fleas need food. Once your dog is protected, they fleas will continue to commit suicide. Since I have no pet, not a theory I could try. Bombs require no pilot light, no power source that cycles on and off, and MAJOR clean up after. Just my $0.14. Hope it helps and good luck!

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You can drop Ty off at my house.

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Comfortis once per month. A bit pricey, but effective as all get out. My dog has no fleas. When fleas bite him, it's a kiss of death for them and any larva.

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Just want to add if you have an infestation problem, that will have to be addressed as well. Comfortis will protect the dog, but if fleas are rampant in the house, that's a whole 'nother issue.

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The best thing you can really do is apply the flea resistant stuff to his skin. (theres a tube that you squeeze the stuff out of between the shoulder blades to the tail bone)
That's the Frontline stuff. We usually do that once a month, but we slacked off during our move.

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Bomb is a bad idea!
So the bomb is messy? I know it mentions covering food and things, but it's that bad?

The other problem is that it's not a house -- it's an apartment building. I am going to contact the management office to let them know about this and maybe they can send Terminix over.

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Sounds like you are doing the right things. I'm not a fan of the bomb either.

In the past I have taken the dog to the groomers for a flea bath. While he is gone, vaccum and CLEAN the house, launder ALL towels, linens, etc that have been out and exposed. Wipe down (clean) all hard floor surfaces. Pick up the dog, give them a dose of Frontline and you SHOULD be OK.

If you have a yard, you will need to cover the grass etc with the proper product as well.

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