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fleas everywhere on my dog

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Starlings and dogs, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Starlings and dogs

    Starlings and dogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my dog has fleas she does have flea and tick stuff that goes on her neck but it isn't working and we got one of the best kinds (it was $45 for three doses) she has a lot of raw spots on her skin and is always itching PLEASE HELP ASAP
     
  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    You need to treat her bedding, carpets, possibly furniture, and backyard.
    Essentially everywhere she hangs out.
    It sounds like you've got a heavy environmental infestation.
    Also treat the cat if you have one. Cats are notorious for being indoor/outdoor and bringing the fleas back inside.

    You can get permethrin spray that will help kill the fleas inside. You'll need to retreat in about 10 days as the newly hatching nymphs will need treatment as well.

    Sorry about your problems. Infestations can be so frustrating.
    LofMc
     
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  3. Starlings and dogs

    Starlings and dogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you so much
     
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Fleas are tricky. Treating the environment is a good start and I'm glad your dog is on flea prevention. However, dogs can have pretty bad allergic reactions to fleas and the worse reactions tend to happen with very small numbers of fleas. If you are visibly seeing lots of fleas, then it would make sense to clean the environment (cracks in floors, floor boards, bedding, etc). However, if you are not seeing fleas but your dog is very itchy, it would be best to make an appointment with your vet. They will be able to determine if your dog is truly suffering from fleas, flea allergies, or potentially from other parasites or infections that cause very itchy skin.
     
  5. Starlings and dogs

    Starlings and dogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We see can see a few every day should we still make a vet appointment?
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    The cure to flea allergies is getting rid of the fleas. If you are using over the counter flea treatment that isn't working, you may need to go to a vet to get flea meds that are different, however, most of the frontline type meds are over the counter now. Fleas can build up a resistance though to a certain med which means you need different or stronger stuff.

    If it were my dog, I'd treat the environment, check the med I gave her against other stuff like frontline or advantage (which are over the counter in many places) and see how things go.

    If things aren't going well in a two weeks, or if she is looking very inflamed, you may need a vet.

    If you suspect secondary infection, antibiotics or topical steroids might be prescribed, but the number one solution to flea allergies is getting rid of the fleas on the animal and in the environment.
     
  7. Starlings and dogs

    Starlings and dogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we give her frontline
     
  8. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    I use something I get from the vet. I forget the name but it is new and it lasts for three months. However, as others have pointed out, the fleas on the dog are only part of the problem. You have got to get rid of the fleas in the environment as much as you can. When we had a bad flea infestation we got some bombs we set off in the house. You have to stay out of the house for several hours, but they work fairly well. If you haven't done so already, you need to wash the dog's bedding frequently and thoroughly vacuuming rugs and upholstery daily goes a long way in controlling fleas. Fleas breed in rugs and upholstery as well as the dog's bed. There are some sprays available for the yard that interfere with the fleas' reproductive cycle. As for the dog, you might be better off with a good flea powder. Be sure to powder the dog's feet and legs as well as the body. Fleas hitch a ride on the dog by first jumping on the feet and legs.
     
  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    ...and toss out the vacuum bag or dump and remove dirt if bagless. Fleas populate in the vacuum dirt too.
     
  10. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    IDK how true it is, but hay is not the best bedding for dogs. I learned this 65 years ago and never used it. I was told that hay promotes fleas..

    we get some flea and tick treatment for our two dogs from the vet..
    see the picture in my avatar.
    she is over 90 pounds, the male is bigger.
    the treatment is very expensive.
    but it deters ticks, and kills any that are already on a dog.
    we lost a dog like the one in the avatar to lymes disease. how expensive was that ??
    very expensive.. after months of treatment from the vet.. a mis-diagnosed opinion from the first vet.. and watching the dog gradually get weaker and in pain.. and then to lose her in the end anyway..

    IMHO Frontline is fine for city dogs who seldom come in contact with ticks in the first place..

    ........jiminwisc.......
     

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