Dog Still Scratching After Flea Treatment

I have a 5 month old puppy and he's been itching like crazy. I tried using a couple of itch relief sprays with no results. Then I bathed him with flea shampoo and gave him flea medicine in pill form.


The medicine was supposed to work within 30 minutes, but he is still itching. Also, I am covered in little bites now, but I'm not even sure if they're flea bites. What should I do?

By me

February 4, 20100 found this helpful

First go and wash the puppy in water and dawn, and get the topical stuff off him. Then give him benadryl at the dosage listed here.

Then go to the doc and see if you have poison ivy or mites, and call the vets and see if they have mite meds in case it is mites.

Here is the site:

Good luck,

Dawn Kills Everything, Also feed him the highest quality of dog food you can afford...are you sure it is not poison ivy or oak?

I always bathe my animal in dawn when they are in need of killing any kind of bug. If you want put some peroxide in some baby shampoo after the dawn bath. After that I would bathe the dog in dove moisturizer bar and water and dry the little thing off.

The benadryl will stop the allergic reaction, and if you need it you can take it too! robyn

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

Try neem oil - the super fleas in Melbourne Australia are immune to all the commercial chemical spot on treatments and this is the first alternative I have tried and I'm very impressed. There are neem oil products specifically for pets and its completely non toxic to you and your pet. Good luck.

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June 21, 20110 found this helpful

Please be careful not to use commercial flea products meant for dogs on your cats - they are too strong and will kill the cats. The salt, borax & diatomaceous earth should help with the fleas in the carpets, etc. I always swear by Brewer's Yeast tablets; you can feed them to dogs and cats. One a day per pet is all they need. After a week or so, the yeast makes the pets' blood taste bad to the fleas & the fleas leave the pet & look for something else. One of my cats loved the Brewers Yeast tablet so much she would pick it off the top of her dish of food and eat it first, but if the pet doesn't eat the tablet voluntarily it can be crushed & mixed into the food. It's available in vitamin stores or health food stores & also comes as a powder. This was recommended to me by a vet 25 years ago.

Please get a handle on the problem asap, because your pets can become severely anemic and die if they lose too much blood from the flea bites; I learned this the hard way many years ago. If your pets are anemic they might need special supplements, or even a blood transfusion in severe cases. This is an expense you can prevent if you get rid of the fleas quickly and permanently. Good luck in your efforts to get rid of the fleas.

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I have a Shih tzu/Cocker mixed dog who is about 17 years old and also 6 cats. The dog is the only one that goes outside. She is so eaten up with fleas and has been chewing and pulling her hair out on her back to her tail. She is bald in that area and her skin is full of sores and kinda crusty on her back.

I have tried everything. I have used Dawn dish soap, mild flea shampoos that are suppose to sooth her skin, and salt and flea powders for the carpets. I have ordered products online, and nothing seems to work. I give her a bath, and the next day she is covered in fleas again.

The cats are scratching like crazy, and my 1 Siamese has some hair loss and sores all over him. We can be just sitting on the couch and fleas get on our legs. I can't stand it. We have to be careful what we use as our 9 month old grandbaby is staying with us for about another week or two.

I have read about so many flea treatments online and homemade treatments, it's mind boggling. I haven't tried boric acid yet on the carpet due to the grandbaby being here. All help would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you!

By Kathy W. from IL

June 21, 20110 found this helpful

The diatomaceous earth has been a life saver for me. I live in Florida and have six dogs. I bought a 50 lb bag on line and used a flour sifter to spread it outside in the sand and all over my house. I even put it on my dogs (they loved it). I also gave them comfortis which is a monthly flea treatment. I like it because it's a chewable cube that they can't rub it off like the monthly drops. No more fleas in my house, yard or on the dogs.

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful

We have tried the Borax laundry booster on a house that we were working on and there was carpet in every room except the kitchen. Let me tell you, it was ate up with fleas throughout the whole house. We took the Borax and sprinkled it over all the carpets and scuffed it in with our feet and left it there. This is going on three weeks now and there have been no return of fleas anywhere. So Borax definitely works, (we sprinkled the Borax on the carpets and left for the day and came back the next morning). You would probably have to keep the baby away from the carpet til the Borax did its job. Myself, I would not put my grandbaby on the carpet until the Borax was cleaned up.

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful

Don't know if you have money because money so tight now.Dog needs a vet it's to old be eat up with fleas,cats too,Need get house bombed take baby out. Hard get rid things, if there flea around it will jump on me first thing. lol. Hope someone can help.That's a big problem, good Luck. "Cookie17' in Va.

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

I'm concerned about the condition of the animals as well as yourselves. Fleas are not just a nuisance but a health risk as well. There really are no shortcuts when dealing with fleas. So to better understand what your dealing with this website should help you :

Good Luck.


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