Puppy Brought Home Fleas

We recently adopted a puppy from the pound and when we took her home she had horrible fleas. Now the cat, house and family have them too! I've tried sprays for the dog and house, salt, lemon water, dawn dish soap, shampoos, EVERYTHING! I have no more money to keep buying products that don't work! I need a sure solution.

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Emily from Fort Worth, TX

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf692775.tip.html

I've tried it. I'm actually using it right now.

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

The only sure solution to the problem is to address it professionally. Call an exterminator right away! It may even take two sprays. We have had that problem and believe me, it really is the ONLY way!

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

Also, I forgot to mention, you will have to take your animals to the vet and have them dipped for fleas. They can give you Frontline to keep the fleas off after that.

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

You're probably going to have to head to the vet's and pick up some Advantage or whatever the big name for that stuff is now...it costs a little bit, but you will definitely keep your animal flea-free for 3 months and it comes with a guarantee.

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

sevin dust will do it. i think it is called (sevin 10)

you can use it on the pets and use on carpet and then vacum it up. look up sevin 10 on google

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

I highly recommend Frontline, Advantage, Advantix or similar products. We've been using them for years. We went from a huge flea problem to no fleas whatsoever. It's not cheap, but it actually works. We find that it lasts longer than advertised, so we usually only have to buy a box per year per dog. If you shampoo your pet, you will need to reapply it. You can buy it from any vet, or it might be less expensive to order from www.drsfostersmith.com . They all work for fleas, but some brands protect against ticks and mosquitos, too.

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

I bought my Front line or Advantage on Ebay. Even with the shipping it was a great bargain.

You might look up diatomaceous earth but I think I remember about using it on carpet.

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

i once had similar prob years ago

I put Borax (near laundry soap) on carpet swept it in

left on for 2 days then vacummed clean out bag

or canister immediately and this will help with carpets

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

Go to the vets n get Capstar for each animal. Also get Avantix, Avantage, Frontline, they are all good

The capstar will kill all the fleas with in 30 min. The diamatecous earth prod is good too. Spronkle it on your carpets wait a day n then vacuum it up n toos the bag. Hope you have a great day.

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

SALT-Simple store brand table salt.

Vacum and sweep your home and then sprinkle table salt everywhere. I even put it under couch cushions. I vacum and sprinkle salt everyday for a week and then every few days I will put it on and leave a few days then vacum it. I keep doing for any fleas left to hatch. It slows them down fast and with in a few weeks they will all be gone. They eat the salt and it dries them out and kills them right away. We also put apple cidar vinager (enough that they don't notice) in the dogs water and that keeps them off of the dog. It starts working with in a few days. The is the most effective thing we have found and its only a few bucks!! I try to start the apple cider vingar in spring but if I forget and we get fles this how we treat them and it works everytime. I even had them in my car one year and I just put the salt in and they gone. Good Luck!!

Susan

PS If you get bites put white vinegar on them and they will not hurt or itch. This works for ants, bee's and most other bites.

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

I had flea problems a while back and my dog was allergic to all flea medicines. I found something that I use for my skin to keep it soft and it works to keep the fleas of my dog too. It's AVON Skin So Soft bath oil original. I would use a spray bottle and put 1/2 Skin So Soft with 1/2 water and spray on my dog. I would also rub it into his skin and you could see the fleas dying. I also made a stronger solution and spread it on my carpets and waited an hour and vacuumed and threw vacuum bag out and I had no flea problems after that. If I did get fleas again I would do another flea treatment with the solution.

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July 6, 20070 found this helpful

Borax is the only way to go. It is cheap and very effective. I had a very bad flea infestation late last summer after trying the expensive stuff at the pet store, that didn't work, I heard about Borax, just sprinkle everything with it sweep it into the carpet furniture and leave it there for 24 hours then vacuum it up and get rid of the vacuum bag. About a week later do it again to get rid of the babies that have hatched. After 2 applications NO MORE FLEAS FOR ME AND MY DOGS.

Hope this helps you,

Mary

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

about the vinegar in the drinking water - it really works! My mom lives in an area where people have really big problems with fleas. She read about the vinegar & began using it with her dog as a pup. The dog went in & outside all the time & NEVER had fleas & neither did her other dog & 3 cats.

Let me mention that her animals & house have bee FLEA FREE for over 17 YEARS in an area where everyone had a problem with fleas!! The vets thought she was crazy, but couldn't explain why it worked, because she's never used anything else.

BTW, she used 1 tsp apple cider vinegar to 1 qt of water. She mixed it it a quart jar & used it to refill their water dishes as needed & just mixed more when she ran out. The animals never had a problem drinking it.

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September 7, 20070 found this helpful

Frontline and other treatments from your vet or groomer does not keep the fleas off the dogs , I asked the groomer and she says that the flea has to bite the dog then the Frontline will then kill the flea. Seems crazy I know, I pay good money for my dogs every 4 weeks or so to get treated and they still end up with fleas. I use lemon (any brand I use the cheap stuff) dish liquid you can watch the dead fleas coming off, you need to wash them really good and leave the soap on them as long as you can maybe 5 min. or so. Then this is the most important part, you then need to use some sort of hair conditioner (again I use the cheapest Suave coconut smell) you need to leave it on their hair as long as you can 5 more min. The dish liquid dries out their skin and is really bad for them, so don't forget the conditioner. So now you can treat your dog for around $3.00 and that's thrifty!

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