I have read different postings about garlic to get rid of the fleas. Is it okay to give the dogs (Shihtzus) oil from the minced garlic in the jar in their food? I never had fleas until I groomed two cats for a friend and they were covered in them. Now they have gotten in my house and I can't get rid of them.
The cat's ears are red and raw from scratching. I dosed them with Advantage. The dogs are scratching themselves silly. I don't see any fleas anywhere and have all tile floors. I have sprayed, bathed and dosed and still they are all scratching. Any advice? I just spent over $100 for 6 doses of Advantage for the cats and two of them are just covered in scabs from itching.
By foldlady from Florida
Garlic can cause anemia in dogs, http://www.dogage.com/care/facts.aspx/FF/40.
I would do a bath in baby shampoo with a handful of peroxide mixed in and leave on for a minute or two. Then throw salt all over, even under sheets on furniture.
Frontline spray is sold online and it costs me under 25 dollars for a couple of months for all four of my dogs to be sprayed each month, and the cats too. It is cheaper and safer and more effective than spot treatments, because sweat can lessen spot treatments.
Go to earthclinic.com and look up remedies for pets and fleas. Vacuum frequently with a flea collar in the bag. Never use flea collars on a dog, they are so toxic. Blessings, Robyn (06/18/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Here is the site I order frontline from:
Hope this helps! (06/18/2009)
By Robyn Fed
If fleas have never been an issue, and you believe they are now because of that one instance. I would probably take everyone to the vet for a good flea dip and cleansing. While they're at the vet, I'd get Adams Foggers and fog my house, also spray around the yard. (06/19/2009)
Lorann Oils, Inc. sells Oil of Cedar Leaf (American) - 4 oz for about $24. Which is really not expensive as a bottle lasts me 3-4 years in a 9 room home. Put a 3x3 inch square of brown grocery bag in every corner of every room in your home. With an eye dropper put 3 drops on each square every day for 3 days; then every other day for 3 days, then every 3rd day for 3 days. By then fleas will be gone.
What it does is make your home like a large cedar closet (though the scent isn't really noticeable to us after the first couple of days). If you do order sometimes they will tell you they don't have cedar leaf, but insist upon it and they 'find' that they do carry it. I have used this for 20+ years, with 4 to 12 dogs surrounded by woods and haven't had fleas. Make sure you put the squares where the dogs can't get at them. (06/19/2009)
Plain ole rubbing alcohol will kill fleas on contact. Very cheap and economical to spray your house with. I've used it for years! (06/20/2009)
Sevin dust sprinkled on your carpet and floors won't hurt anything in your house including you. It's safe to use on your vegetables for bugs in the garden. It comes in several strengths. A fogger is a good idea but I would use both. One suggestion would be immediate, and another would get them as they hatch off which they will very quickly and often. I've used garlic sprinkled on my dog's food for years and no problem. As far as anemia, I've never noticed or experienced any problem with it.
Your solution is a personal choice. I can't afford to buy all of the expensive solutions but I don't want to give up my pets which I love dearly, so this is my choice. A way to test if you have all the fleas out of a room is a plate with water and a tea light candle in the center of it lit with lights off. Leave for couple hours or longer on floor. Fleas will go to the light and drown. Works. I've done it on several occasions. (06/20/2009)
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