(Closed) Dog sitting and the dog has fleas. Best remedies?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9087 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Diatomaceous Earth, the food grade version.

flea control in a nutshell:

1) don’t panic!

Fleas are nothing more than a minor nuisance. Panic can lead to poisons for you and profits for the panic mongers.

2) keep a paper thin layer of diatomaceous earth wherever a vacuum cannot reach

3) vacuum once every three days, tossing a little diatomaceous earth on the floor first

4) if you have a pet:

flea comb every three days (every day if fleas are found)

wash bedding every three days

5) do not use toxic gick!

No flea bombs, no boric acid, no borate powders (and this definitely includes the fleabusters product), no flea collars, no pyrethrins.”



Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@lovekiss:  Dawn dish detergent or Selsun Blue shampoo.

Post # 5
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lovekiss:  flea comb like crazy. That will get the eggs and the fleas. Dip the comb in soapy water to trap the fleas in the cup. I would vacuum everything every day. Thats just me. I would vacuum the couch, bedding, rugs, any type of fabric the dogs have encountered (including your car if they have been in there). 

I have read but not tried using apple cider vinegar, diluted it may help repel fleas from your dog (applied topically with a spray bottle, avoiding eyes). 

I would also take your poor baby to the vet to get them on some antihistamine. One of my girls is allergic to fleas too. If those dogs have fleas (and your dog does not have flea product applied on them) your dog is certainly getting bit). 

Post # 7
15 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

@lovekiss:  just like beachbride said, DAWN. Just a bottle of the cheap stuff. Give the dog a bath using the soap and the fleas should wash right off. 

Post # 8
9087 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@lovekiss:  I would throw it on the hardwood floors and work it into any areas that touch carpet. I’d then vacuum it up rather than sweep it up just so you have the suction and get all the eggs and fleas up. Fleas generally don’t live on hardwood floors, they’ll love the carpets though. Also be sure to rub some under and on rugs and foor mats.

Also, I’d pick up a flea comb. Treat fleas like hair lice — comb the hell out of the pup. If you see “A runner” (A flea that travels closely to the skin. They’re called flea rockets at our vet) rub some DE on them and around the spot where you saw them, and then comb again.

I’m highly highly highly allergic to fleas and they seem to think I’m tasty. I’m sorry you’re dealing with fleas, so hopefully the DE starts cleaning it up soon.

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