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Flea Infestation!!!

I need some advice if you have any! Our dogs got fleas last month, we gave them a flea bath and applied a topical treatment (not frontline but similar), we thought we got rid of them but now they're everywhere and our poor dogs are all red and itchy (their skin is red I mean). We gave them another bath last night, but no help. I ordered Frontline just now with rush shipping, but is there anything I can until it gets here?!?!! LIke a rub I can make or a soak, I don't know I'm thinking like baby powder or baking soda or anything?!?! My poor pups!
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Re: Flea Infestation!!!

  • Is there no pet store or vet near you that sells frontline? Really, that's the most effective thing. Of course, it works much better as a preventative, so even after the fleas are dead, you'll want to keep using it.

    I also hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you are going to have to clean your house with a fine tooth comb. Fleas can live forever in carpets. You'll have to talk to your vet to get a pet safe powder or spray and just keep vacuuming and washing bedding (dogs' included) bath mats, etc. 

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  • image Hi725:

    Is there no pet store or vet near you that sells frontline? Really, that's the most effective thing. Of course, it works much better as a preventative, so even after the fleas are dead, you'll want to keep using it.

    I also hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you are going to have to clean your house with a fine tooth comb. Fleas can live forever in carpets. You'll have to talk to your vet to get a pet safe powder or spray and just keep vacuuming and washing bedding (dogs' included) bath mats, etc. 

    Do you know what they do on hardwood floors? We have all linoleum (sp?) and hardwood except for one area rug in the living room (which I'm going to vacuum daily!!) and we have microfiber furniture so I'm not sure if they can get in that.. do you know?

    Also, do you know of anything that can offer some relief until I can get their frontline on them?

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  • I would get a flea shampoo and maybe an oatmeal cream rinse to help soothe the skin. Also, a lot of dogs are allergic to fleas and it's not always the bites that cause the itching (though they don't help). You may want to call your vet and see what the correct dosage of benedryl would be. It may help.

    No carpets is definitely a bonus. The vacuum should pick them right up, but you'll still need to do it 2-3 times a day. 

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  • Capstar. Frontline is like sugar water to the fleas around my parts. My dog only gets it Nov-Feb then goes back on the Comfortis.
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    Capstar. Frontline is like sugar water to the fleas around my parts. My dog only gets it Nov-Feb then goes back on the Comfortis.

    Ok so can I do capstar AND frontline?? Like treating it from the outside and inside?

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    image PunkyBooster:
    Capstar. Frontline is like sugar water to the fleas around my parts. My dog only gets it Nov-Feb then goes back on the Comfortis.

    Ok so can I do capstar AND frontline?? Like treating it from the outside and inside?

    You'll need to get Capstar from your vet, and this is a terrific question to ask them.

    Whatever you do, stay away from Hartz products. 

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  • I only gave Capstar.

    I used Borax powder to vacuum with.

    Ask your vet about Frontline use after the Capstar dose is given. I think I gave it for 3-5 days until I saw they were flea-free. Then resumed the Comfortis on the 1st, but she wrote all the instructions down for me. 

  • image j_twitchell:

    image PunkyBooster:
    Capstar. Frontline is like sugar water to the fleas around my parts. My dog only gets it Nov-Feb then goes back on the Comfortis.

    Ok so can I do capstar AND frontline?? Like treating it from the outside and inside?

     

    We gave our cats capstar, and the frontline. We FINALLY just got rid of our fleas. Not fun! Good luck, and don't stress, they'll be gone soon!

     

    ETA: with the capstar, about 20-30 min in our cats starting acting weird, like running around and scratching like crazy. It was normal, it just meant it was working. Although, if they keep acting weird I would check up on that, but if its for a bit about an hour or less after you gave them it should be normal.

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