Post # 1
Looking for some advice here!
We got a puppy two weeks ago and when we took her to the vet she got her first set of vaccines and Revolution (the flea med). So fast forward to this week, we’ve found 3 fleas over the last few days while sweeping inside the house. I’ve checked my puppy and havent found any flea bites or even flea poop on her! We’ve been vacuming as much as possible but not sure what else we should really be doing? We don’t have any bites on ourselves either.
has anyone else ever had fleas?
Post # 3
@mrsalexander: you might just be tracking them in on shoes if there are that few…
Post # 4
Fleas can be brought in on clothes (You can pick them up at hotels, movie theatres, diner seats), if the dog had fleas before you adopted it, there would definitely be many many more. It sounds like a new infestation to me.
Post # 5
@mrsalexander: We always have fleas & I’m sick of them!! They never effect me or my husband but they do get the dogs & cats. We give them the high end flea meds, like frontline & advantage at least once a month & wash them with flea & itch control shampoo. The baths seem to help them stop itching for a few days & you can’t put the flea meds on until a few days later because it sticks to the oils in their fur & will last longer if their a bit dirtier.
They always go away and come back. My guess is that our two indoor/outdoor cats bring them in and give them to the dogs. We just always have to keep them protected. But having four pets, I have realized that they all react differently to fleas. Some don’t scratch at all, some a little and one just goes crazy when he’s got them!! He’s actually the only reason we noticed they had them. So your puppy may just not be that sensitive to the bites. I would definitely get him on frontline or advantage now and hopefully nip it in the bud so you don’t have to deal with it long term. If your neighbors have cats or dogs that aren’t treated, they may be keeping them around you.
Post # 6
@mrsalexander: We do bug bombs once a year, but once a month I sprinkle literally everything in the house (furniture, bed, carpet) in baking soda and salt mixture. It actually suffocates fleas and any other insects that may be living around like bed bugs, etc. Leave that down for about 3 hours, and then vacuum it up. We have 3 cats, a dog, and a bunny, so we’re pretty used to fleas. We give all of the animals Advantage II (which is the best flea meds for the bugs this year), the bunny has a special spray we give him, and we also give baths every other month in Dawn dish soap, or as needed.
Post # 7
@mrsalexander: I wouldn’t worry until you find them all over your dog. This time of year they are everywhere
Post # 8
@mrsalexander: SO and I had a HUGE flea problem. We had to flea bomb 2x using Adama’s flea bombing kit. We didn’t feel like it worked the first time, so we called them, submitted our proof of purchase and they fed ex’d us another one free of charge, so I would say try them. We actually didn’t need all of the flea bomb kits.
Also, try to wash EVERYTHING I mean we had to take the covers off the cushions and wash and dry those too. Then we vacuumed 2x a day.
The best thing that worked for us-TRIFEXIS. We have two dogs and it’s the only thing that has worked for us. Good luck.
Post # 9
@Britt214: Thats what I was thinking but not too sure….will they reproduce in my home you think? Side note…I havent seen any since then
@Hyperventilate: Thanks! Thats what I’m hoping….or at least hoping there are NO more
@Amayansong: Shes on Revolution! ugh its definitely annoying…are they all in your furniture and carpets?
@PacificMrs: Do you take all your pets out during the flea bomb?
@Ninteenthchance: Its just so odd because i’ve literally NEVER seens a flea in my life so its just odd timing i guess
@veryberry13: Thanks! I’m REALLY hoping it was just an isolated flea 🙁
Post # 10
@mrsalexander: LOL yes, of course. The rabbit we usually move his cage to the garage along with the cats (our garage is detached). And then we take the puppy and go to a park or something in the city to kill 5 or 6 hours. We also cover the electronics, and when we get home of course we wash the bedding and such. Oh, and also make sure you take batteries out of the smoke detectors. 🙂
Post # 11
Make sure you bomb more than once and use a spray also. They have life cycles and most products only kill larva or only kill adults. You have to do it around 3 times to really be rid of them and ensure you’ve got them all.
Post # 12
@Amayansong: @mrsalexander: Frontline and Advantage never worked for us. It was a horrible cycle for months until I discovered Comfortis, which is a prescription pill you give to your pets monthly, and it saved my life. I was on the verge of getting rid of my dogs and moving (OK, obviously not really–but even I had little flea bites all over my feet and ankles and it was just miserable for a while!), but Comfortis solved our problem.
Post # 13
@mrsalexander: I’m not sure. We wash everything pretty regularly & got hardwood floors because of the pets. They haven’t gotten to us yet so it’s hard to imagine they’re in the places we spend most of our time. But now I’m paranoid!!
@jackieee: Thank you for that info. All this time I thought frontline and advantage were the only ones that really worked, but considering what it’s like now, I’m glad to know there are other high quality options. I looked that one up and it seems like a fairly new thing but a great idea that it’s not topical. I need to do a little more research. My cats and one dog are pretty good with different foods and medicine, but one of my dogs is 14 and has pancreatitis and she’s super sensitive so she may not be able to handle it. Although she doesn’t seem to be as effected by the fleas as the young dog so I’m sure she’d be ok with the usual even if the rest changed.
Post # 14
I adopted a puppy recently from a shelter who had fleas. Unfortunately he was too young for flea meds, someone suggested using the original dawn detergent (blue bottle) to give the puppy a bath as I also couldn’t use flea shampoos. Surprisingly the dawn bath, a flea comb, vacuuming (make sure to clean out the bag as well), and steam mopping did the trick to get rid of them!
Post # 15
@shyh: Thanks! Good idea with the steam mop too 🙂
Post # 16
Sorry to hear about your flea problems. Like other parasites, fleas target less healthy hosts, as well as puppies with undeveloped immune systems. Therefore, I reckon that the first defense for your puppy is to optimize it’shealth and immunity. And since, diet is the foundation of health, it all starts there..However, today, there’s also Flea & Tick Tags. It utilizes your pet’s own energy to create a natural barrier to pests. Jonni