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I think my dog has fleas?...

i have never dealt with them having 6 dogs. i'm sure i have to go to the store to get something for them but do i have worry about humans getting anything? anything i can do while i wait for the husband?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on Sep. 12, 2012 in Pets

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Answers (9)
  • Ugh, it's a process. You have to bathe the dogs with flea shampoo, then apply their treatments... Meanwhile, you have to vacuum your whole house and sweep your floors, then bag the contents of this trash... take it out to the curb, away from your home, as the fleas can come right back in if not. Then you apply a flea product to your carpet. Then put a flea collar in your vacuum to kill any potential eggs. If you don't complete the whole process, you will not get rid of them....

    Answer by m-avi at 5:47 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • Howdy! I am a vet tech and let me tell you this can be a simple thing to get under control. Please do not waste your money on product from Walmart. Go to your vet. Vet's carry product that has a higher concentration than the stuff at Walmart. Also you do not nessesarily need to bath the dogs with a flea shampoo, these can be a bit harsh and dry out the dogs skin, and if you choose a flea product thaat is topical (goes on the skin) it won't work properly. At my clinic we have CapStar, this is pill which starts working in 30 mins and works for 24 hours. It kills all the fleas on the dog in that time. You will still need to get a long term preventative. If you like topical try Advantage. If you want pill try Comfortis. Vacuuming the carpet and cleaning any place that your pets like to sleep and hang out is important and you will need to do it once a day for about a week. You can als ask your vet if they can...conti...

    Answer by LadybugTash at 9:26 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • First and foremost you need to treat the pets with good veterinarian approved flea preventative. If you are concerned about human contact with the preventative I recommend Comfortis. It is a pill they take orally and it kills fleas for a month. It is usually sold in 6 months supplies. It is pricey but it works and it is a naturally derived product.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 6:59 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • recommend a carpet, uphostary, pet bed cleaner you can use. But this is usually only nessesary if you ahve a really bad infestation. Fleas do not really like humans, but they may jump on and take a bite of you sometimes. Please don't hesitate to call your vet to ask questions, that is what they and their staff (like ME) are there for and we want to help you and your pet. They may even have different product that they recommend. Luck!

    Answer by LadybugTash at 9:30 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • Yeah, it's awful. Take him to the vet or at least call. Treat all the dogs. Then don't let them back in the house!!! Call an exterminator. We tried to flea bomb ourselves, but it didn't work until we had someone come in and do it.

    Answer by mompam at 7:30 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • First roll the dogs over and check their tummies,, it should be easy to spot them crawling next to the skin, I would suggest a once a month flea treatment, they come in different doses for different sized dogs. Arm and Hammer makes a carpet fresh with flea killer in it, sprinkle on the carpet, and leave for about 30 minutes then vacum, You can use it on furniture as well, but do a test spot to make sure it doesn't remove the color from the upholstery.

    Answer by kimigogo at 7:36 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • I agree with what mavi said. You can substitute Borax for the flea carpet treatment. It's a helluva lot cheaper, and works just as well.

    Two years ago we inherited a cat when we moved into our apartment. It was covered in fleas, and they transferred to the apartment. We went to a local, specialized pet store. The sales lady pitched the store brand of carpet treatment. When she was done, she lowered her voice and told us that it's basically Borax. Found in the laundry aisle, it was bout 1/3 the price of the stuff in the pet store.

    Sprinkle it liberally onto your carpets, work in with a stiff broom, let sit for 15 minutes and vacuum up (or not). One box covers about 500 sq ft. You can make it go more, if you do a lighter sprinkling. Get some kind of spray for under couches and beds, and you're good to go. I have not seen another flea since we did that treatment.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 7:37 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • Dawn Dish soap works wonders! Washing dog beds and vacuuming helps too

    Answer by Salvadorena at 9:28 PM on Sep. 12, 2012

  • Takek them for a flea bath and get them some medication.

    Answer by booklover545 at 5:39 PM on Sep. 13, 2012