Dog Covered in Flea Bites

I just moved from Idaho, where there pretty much aren't any fleas, to Louisiana where there are too many fleas. It has been two days and my little dog is covered in them. I have given her medicine down her back, put a flea collar on her, and given her a bath with flea shampoo. She will not stop scratching, and she is covered with little red bites.


I am living with my cousin who has a cat that goes in and out, but is not having this problem. She also has a dog that stays outside, he doesn't seem to be having the same problem either. What do I do? Why are they attacking her the way they are? I'm feeling horrible for my dog!

By Stormie W.

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May 30, 20130 found this helpful

Diatamaceous earth (food grade). Available at farm centers (Tractor Supply) fora bout $10 for a 12 lb bag. Google this stuff. It is wonderful. I use (and used) on my dog and cats - take a old knee high and put the DE inside it and "pat" (like a powder puff) all over your pet. I guarantee you it will work. Last year, fleas were so bad in PA I literally put this stuff, a thin layer, over my entire basement floor. Waited a week and shop vaced it up. Google it's uses (I even drank it for a while!) - just remember to get the FOOD GRADE ONLY. Do not use the agriculture grade - that has poison in it. I believe I even actually spelled it right!

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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

what is a knee-high?

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September 29, 20170 found this helpful

A knee-high sock made of nylon pantyhose material. They were very common in the past when women regularly wore stockings instead of bare legs.

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June 2, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds as though you as though you are the proud owner of a furbaby with a flea allergy :( Sounds insane, but it's pretty common. Like humans, animals can develop allergies and react more severely than the previously to the same allergen. In addition to treating your pet and any others and the bedding, etc. treating your yard with a food grade pesticide is a good option.


Farm stores like South states and tractor supply carry these. I'd also like to suggest an oral pill called a "capstar" for your dog which kills flea immediately or at least they"ll jump off your dog giving it instant relief - and an oatmeal bath. (My GSD was highly allergic to fleas so I feel your pain).

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June 3, 20130 found this helpful

I would like to know which type of topical treatment you used on the back of the dog, and if you went in between the hairs, in a part and put it on the dog on the actual skin.

If it is frontline, then I would choose another one.

Flea bites can cause all sorts of grief, especially with the reactions of a dog which has had no bites before. Bless it's heart! I would immediately get a cat food which is high quality. I would choose one with no wheat, soy or corn.


Diamond pet foods have great foods, and there are ones at tractor supply which meet these needs. You start from the inside out. You have to put quality food in. When you put other food which is full of corn and other by products, you have a problem waiting to happen.

Once that is taken care of, I would make sure that the house is vacuumed frequently since they lay eggs all the time. Put a flea collar in your vacuum bag if you use a bag and a plastic bag over the hose part of the vacuum.

Here is what I do and it seems to work:

First the better quality food, which will make less stool and make the animal healthier.

Then vacuum the floor all the time, daily or every other day at first.

Sprinkle salt all over your house, on the floors, under the bedsheets ( I don't like feeling it on my skin, so I put it under the sheets and such). Put salt in the cushions of chairs etc. It is a dessicant and dries out the fleas.


It is also not really harmful. You don't have to be in a hurry to vacuum it up like you might feel like doing with borax.

I like to do that, and I also hear a lot of great news over putting a solar light over a bowl of water at night. Just keep the solar light in a window and then hang or attach it to a spot over the water. Other people might use a lamp but any light source will do. Here is an article on this sort of trap:  Make-a-Flea-Trap

Now get a flea comb and get obsessive about combing though your dogs or cats fur and looking for fleas.

Flea shampoo is not really that effective. I use dawn, soap and leave it on them a while, about five minutes to get rid of tons of fleas. Make a large ring of soap around their neck. You will see the fleas climb up to their face, that is when the picking begins. Have a bottle of water or alcohol to put them in.


Keed little jars of water and soap all over the house so when you pick them off the pet you can put them in there. You will eventually get good at squeezing them into to kill them, the fleas. Some people cannot stomach that. LOL

Always disinfect your hands after handling fleas.

After you have done all this, and keep the yard grass down if you can. You should see a reduction in fleas.

I am including an article on yeast infections in pets in case this ever is a problem from the Great Dane Lady who in my opinion is very knowledgeable on this.
http://www.grea  _mini_course.htm

Robyn from Tennessee

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