I need something to get rid of fleas on my dog.
Tammy from Trenton, MO
I used to live in Southern Calif. where you could never completely get rid of fleas. You have to attack the problem from all sides. First, you have to bathe your dog using a flea shampoo. You also need to use a flea dip (rinse). Then you have to take care of the fleas in your home and outside. There are many products for that, such as foggers, carpet powder that you vacuum up, etc.
When you place a flea collar on your dog and you trim it to length, put the trimmed section of the collar in your vacuum bag to help kill fleas and their eggs. Fleas particularly dislike the flavor of garlic and yeast (nutritional or brewer's yeast). Mixing garlic and yeast with your pet's food can render their blood unpalatable to fleas. You can also buy it in a tab form that you can feed directly to your dog. Good luck.
Avon Skin So Soft bath oil should get rid of fleas. Bathe your dog and apply some to coat. You could put some in a spray bottle and spray your dog. But a bath and then Skin so Soft should get rid of them and keep them away for a while. That is how my mom kept the fleas off her poodle.
I would take the dog to have it professionally de-flead then start using that Advantix for fleas and bugs. You only have to apply it once a month. We do it on the first of every month when we give our dog her heart worm pill. It kills two birds with one stone. (07/01/2008)
I agree with the natural suggestions, but don't use dips or any of the products that are designed to get rid of them. Like one of the others mentioned they are poison. Regardless of what vets and companies tell you they are bad and will get into the nervous system of a dog.
There are to many natural products you can use. Diatamaceous earth can be spread in your yard. It's cheap, can be spread with a spreader and it's only ground up seashells. It dries them up. You can usually get it at a nursery or anywhere they sell gardening products. (07/01/2008)
If you are looking for a healthy affordable safer alternative that has worked best for me. It is called Cedarcide and you can find it on line. It can be used for all pets. You have to spray it on your pets every three days 2x's and then every 2weeks until infestation stopped. It is safe for people and pets. It kills and or repels many other unwanted bugs. Check them out on line. It saved us a lot.
Dawn dish soap works well. You can see the fleas just float away in the bath water. (07/01/2008)
Our dog brings in fleas from outside every summer and then they spread to the cat, the carpet, etc. My husband had a great idea if you have a tolerant and patient dog.
While I treated the house with a spray from the vet, he vacuumed the dog with the shop vac. She thought she was getting a massage and the fleas were sucked right off of her. Make sure you test the suction power of your vacuum on your own arm or hand before trying on your pet. She had her first restful, non-itchy night in weeks. (07/02/2008)
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