Can someone please help us with our flea problem? They are attacking our dogs.
By Me from Southern CA
Do an internet search on diatomaceous earth, not the pool kind, for preventing fleas. Brewers yeast is also used in preventing fleas.
Sprinkle salt all over the house or baking soda. I like salt. I put it everywhere and let it sit, then vacuum up. Do this two weeks later too, and then if you see any. Vacuum the house all the time and empty the bag or keep a flea collar in the bag, not on the pet!
Severely allergic dogs do well being bathed in Dove soap, the kind that is a quarter moisturizing cream. I bath mine every time they get dry skin or seem to not be able to stop scratching,
If you need to kill a large infection of fleas of your dog, or cat then use a shampoo and peroxide mixed up in your hand. I use Dawn on really bad cases, let it sit a few minutes if you can and rinse. I would not add the peroxide to the Dawn. I do the Dawn treatment for kittens, but almost any kind of bath will work. Then I comb through them all the time with a lice comb or a flea comb and put the fleas in a bowl of hot water to drown in.
Also treat the skin of the dog. Either give him fish oil pills or a little olive oil, 1 tablespoon for big dogs less for little dogs, most of them will lick it off the spoon. I do this every day.
When I have leftover meat, that is good for dogs such as hamburger, chicken, etc. I mix it with a few good vegetables and then put a few drops of vitamin drops for infants in it and add mayonnaise, and a little oil and sometimes oatmeal and mix it up. Most dog foods do not have enough meat in them that the average person can afford. When their skin is better the flea problem will improve.
If they are outside and I am sure they are, spray the yard. Benadryl is necessary for dogs that have lots of hot spots and I would look at the food and diet and oils and such. If they are getting the wrong food, it can cause allergies to show themselves in the skin. Any dog food without meat as the first ingredient isn't the best food in the world and who can afford to buy Authority? I do buy small bags of Authority and give those as treats, and don't give the garbage treats that they sell as treats.
I have heard that Frontline has changed owners and the new stuff is awful. I know for a fact it stopped working on my dogs. I was really disappointed. There is also a pill that kills fleas in 24 hours and another one that kills them for a month, Comfortis I believe. Hope this helps! (12/14/2009)
By Robyn Fed
I use garlic pills; either force them down or open capsule and mix with food. (12/14/2009)
I really don't see how this can be a problem these days. Once a month treatment with Advantage or Frontline will take care of it so why worry? If the dog is covered with fleas there is a product the vet can give you that is a pill. The dog swallows it and within six hours all the fleas die and drop off. This product is safe. Then a once a month treatment with Advantage (my favorite) or Frontline will keep them off. Medicated shampoo will help the bites to heal because this take a while and the dog will continue scratching until they do. (12/18/2009)
By Ann P
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