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speaking of fleas.....

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 07:28 AM
my dog has them!

awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:rolleyes:


anyways.

this was the 2nd vet visit in 3 weeks due to doggy itching, this time i noticed a spot where he had chewed himself almost raw (the skin was very gross looking, i immediately took him in)


the vet this time, says, "oh, he def has fleas"

so first question: is my vet an idiot? should she not have noticed the first time or is it possible to miss?


second:

cleanup.


i vaccuumed, sprayed the carpets/furniture he lays next to with flea insecticide the vet gave me, washed my linens/towels that have been on the floor, my clothes etc.

gave him frontline (biospot is garbage, do not use it. i treat him every 16th of the month religiously...still got fleas...what a waste) put his e-collar on so he cant chew/itch and hes on antibiotics to clear up the infection and steroids to break the itching.


anything else i should do?


:yell::yell::frustrated::frustrated::yell::yell:


:shrug:

14+kitties
August 22nd, 2008, 07:56 AM
this was the 2nd vet visit in 3 weeks due to doggy itching, this time i noticed a spot where he had chewed himself almost raw (the skin was very gross looking, i immediately took him in)


the vet this time, says, "oh, he def has fleas"

so first question: is my vet an idiot? should she not have noticed the first time or is it possible to miss?

Fleas can hide out quite well sometimes. If there were only a few the first time then yes, it is possible to be missed. Someone who is with the dog constantly should notice them first. There is a little flea comb you can buy (cheap) and you can check for them yourself on a regular basis. The base of the tail, by the ears, between the eyes, the belly, all good spots to check. If there is specks of "dirt" when you use the comb the dog probably has fleas.

It is possible the vet thought the first time the dog had allergies. Most vets aren't idiots. Just like most people.

aslan
August 22nd, 2008, 08:04 AM
kigndano, by the description of his chewed wound, he may be allergic to the flea bites. You being in the states have access to flea bombs, put one on each floor of the house or one in the livingroom of your apt, which ever applies. Set the bomb off and leave for the amount of time the bomb says to. They work really well.

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 08:35 AM
flea bombs.....sweet



i will do that, sounds cool to kill them all.


and yes he is allergic to them "flea bite dermatitis"....i was like.."so my dog itches from fleas....and theres a name for that "condition"?

i was shocked that some dogs dont itch..how the hell would you know if they werent itching???? i guess regular checks.


i assumed (like a moron) that because i used preventative treatments he couldnt possibly have them.


idiot.


and youre right, i should have noticed them first, but i did check by the tail myself and saw nothing, though i only looked in one spot..just ignorance on my part about fleas.


thanks guys:thumbs up

aslan
August 22nd, 2008, 08:37 AM
if he had something on him to kill the fleas, it very well may be working, but if the flea bit him first, his skin would react.

Longblades
August 22nd, 2008, 10:49 AM
Just want to caution: it sounds as if you have now used a couple of different flea products. They may not have worked individually but be careful of overdosing on them by using multiples in combination. Probably a good idea to ask your Vet before adding more to the chemical cocktail in your house and on your dog, and which you are breathing in too.

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 12:04 PM
Just want to caution: it sounds as if you have now used a couple of different flea products. They may not have worked individually but be careful of overdosing on them by using multiples in combination. Probably a good idea to ask your Vet before adding more to the chemical cocktail in your house and on your dog, and which you are breathing in too.


thanks for the heads up.

i did ask at the vet, and they said it was OK to do everything i have done so far.

apparently the biospot and frontline chemicals are different, so the overdose possibility does not exist.

the house cleaner, once dry, poses no threat either.

appreciate the concern tho.:)

pitgrrl
August 22nd, 2008, 12:22 PM
Just to give you some alternatives to the chemical haze:

http://healing.about.com/od/petcare/a/petfleacontrol.htm

jessi76
August 22nd, 2008, 12:28 PM
to check a room for fleas you can do a simple at home test w/ ordinary house hold stuff....

use a shallow bowl or dinner plate. Place plate on floor, in center of room.
fill plate w/ water, adding a few drops of liquid dish soap.
place a lamp on the floor next to the plate of water/soap.
Leave lamp on (only light in the room) overnight.

Fleas will be drawn to the warm light, jump, fall into the water and not be able to jump out due to the soap (creates a film on the top of the water). in the morning, check the plate. you'll easily see if you still have more fleas or not.

fleas can drop eggs which can take a long time to hatch. I found this tip helpful when my dog had fleas (at xmas!). It worked well for me to identify areas of the house which seemed to have more fleas than others.

It took me 2 weeks of continuous daily cleaning to be sure they were gone. Flea collars INSIDE your vacuum bag helps ALOT too. kills the ones you vac up.

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 01:07 PM
Just to give you some alternatives to the chemical haze:

http://healing.about.com/od/petcare/a/petfleacontrol.htm

i already called my mom and shes coming down this weekend to steam clean my whole condo.

im really not a fan of the idea of fleas infesting my house, so i cleaned like a madman yesterday, and the steam cleaning will be the last step for now.


i will also do the soapy water on the plate thing.

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 01:40 PM
so i cleaned like a madman yesterday


WOO HOO.....you will make a very good husband one day. :D

Good luck with Cash......I hope you get rid of all the :censored: fleas soon. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 02:43 PM
hahaha

im also quite the cook.

so if you know any young ladies...19-25....:angel:




:lovestruck:

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 02:51 PM
You clean :thumbs up

You cook :thumbs up

You love animals :thumbs up

What more could a girl ask for. :cloud9:



Take Cash :lovestruck: for a walk in the park.....I'm sure you will meet one. :D

aslan
August 22nd, 2008, 02:53 PM
hahaha

im also quite the cook.

so if you know any young ladies...19-25....:angel:




:lovestruck:

lol, actually now that you mention it i have a daughter:D

Longblades
August 22nd, 2008, 02:56 PM
I believe he's rather tall too. My niece is 25 and 5'11", loves dogs, horrible at cooking or cleaning. :laughing:

pitgrrl
August 22nd, 2008, 02:59 PM
i already called my mom and shes coming down this weekend to steam clean my whole condo.

im really not a fan of the idea of fleas infesting my house, so i cleaned like a madman yesterday, and the steam cleaning will be the last step for now.


i will also do the soapy water on the plate thing.

When she's done, do you want to send her north, I'd love a total steam clean of my place, and unfortunately my mom's not that kinda lady :laughing:

Seriously though, I've purged fleas a couple of time sans chemicals using the article I posted. It works if you stay on top of it.

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 03:05 PM
i am 6'0 tall

how the hell did you know that?

babymomma
August 22nd, 2008, 03:09 PM
cant ya wait 3 more years? Then ill be a good age:)

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 03:13 PM
LOL look what I've started....you're getting lots of offers. :D

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 03:14 PM
Babymomma is a cutie too if you can wait for her. :D

aslan
August 22nd, 2008, 03:28 PM
i am 6'0 tall

how the hell did you know that?

:laughing::laughing: see told you not to mess with us, we know everything. muaaaah.

babymomma
August 22nd, 2008, 03:39 PM
Babymomma is a cutie too if you can wait for her. :D

Oh stop it!:p YOu dont want my head to get all big and what not..lol.. Thanks though! haha (I dont completely agree, but Ill take the compliment!):o

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 04:04 PM
Ooooops.....I think we scared kigndano away. :eek:


:D

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 04:09 PM
i was driving home from work.

you ladies are a bit much though.


i walked in to a big pile of dog poop, :censored: pills are messing with doggy boys stomach.

he woke me up 3 times to pee last night too.

what a mess this whole flea ordeal is.

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 04:10 PM
i am so not even touching the comments about a certain underage member.

good god.

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 04:14 PM
i was driving home from work.

you ladies are a bit much though.



LOL....too much for you to handle. :D

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 04:19 PM
You clean :thumbs up

You cook :thumbs up

You love animals :thumbs up

What more could a girl ask for. :cloud9:



Take Cash :lovestruck: for a walk in the park.....I'm sure you will meet one. :D

oh i meet plenty, cash is a woman attracting dog...


no wife material though, im quite picky.

:angel:


hopefully that isnt taken in a dirty way...but judging from the people around here....

rainbow
August 22nd, 2008, 04:33 PM
Hmmmm.....I hope you have a sense of humour to go along with the cooking & cleaning abilities and the love for animals. :D

kigndano
August 22nd, 2008, 04:37 PM
yea def.

its just weird coming from a bunch of women on a message board...

im so out of place here minus the pet loving thing.

but its ok, you guys are alright.

babymomma
August 22nd, 2008, 06:12 PM
i am so not even touching the comments about a certain underage member.

good god.

We were Just kidding:o. Take a pill of the chill variety! :frustrated:

babymomma
August 22nd, 2008, 06:18 PM
BTW- This site has some pretty good info on it.

http://www.catalogs.com/info/home-improvements/how-to-get-rid-of-fleas.html

t.pettet
August 22nd, 2008, 09:57 PM
Hey Marko looks like you'll have to open up a new thread dedicated to matching up some of our eligible members.:)