Ok usualy rocky will get a flea here or there i take care of it and BAM no problem. latley I have tryed everything, we stayed out in the snow (when we had some) for a long time playing hoping the cold would kill them, we use flea drops. I have soked him in the tub, lubed him up with loation, Used a lice comb to pull the buggers out, Flea spray, flea baths. Anything i could think off.
last night I was rubbing his butt and found a flea patch on the base of his tial. That is the only spot I have ever found fleas and there were a ton of them So I sprayed him, Picked, combed, gave him a bath (normal shampoo because he has had a bit of flea stuff on him latley), combed him wile he was in the tub, took him out dryed him and searched him head to toe. i found nothing.
a few hours later i decited to search him agin and i found some so i combed him head to toe agin getting aroung 10 fleas.
this is driving me nutty its cold fleas should be dead. rocky never gets fleas, he uses drops and Im always searching. My nice sheets have red drops all ovet them because of the damn things.
Other then what I have done is there anything I can do to help this problem go away? Is there a reason they only hang out by the base of his tail?
yah hes on frount line, sence I noticed them we have also added sergeanst flea and tick spray.
sence the dip has chemicals In it could it hurt him concerding we have been using the flea spray quite a bit latley? Hes a boston (27 lbs) and I had a friend tell me that she had found a small dog and she was covered in fleas. They ended up using to much flea killer over a weeks time and killed the dog from it. thats why i usualy dont use a ton of flea stuff on him. It scares the crap put of me. Usualy if he gets fleas I can soak him in the tub (just water) shampoo him (aussy) condition (aussy) dry him off and then pick the few that didnt fall off in the tub.
Im hoping after working on him for at least a hour last night hes clean but i dought it.
Instead of using frontline, try advantage or advantix. If frontline doesn't work, I am willing to bet one of those two will.
In addition, no matter how much you bathe him and treat him... it sounds like your house is harboring fleas. Fleas don't *have* to be on the dog, they survive quite well off of the dog, and in fact their eggs fall off and land wherever they may before hatching. yes the fleas feed on the dog but living on the dog is optional. Just like because we eat at restaurants doesn't mean we live on them :P
We know they're not outside because of the cold weawther, but they can survive a long time in your house. Have you treated the house for fleas? Washed his bedding (and anywhere he sleeps), vaccummed it daily, etc etc?
ahh...i wouldnt use the mitaban, also known as amitrazas, as a flea control. it is used to treat demodectic mange and ticks and can be toxic. it is a pesticide. talk to your vet and see what he recommends. he may give you capstar tablets, to treat any immediate fleas, and then some advantage or frontline. i myself, have better results with the advantage. but please do not do the mitaban dip. i dont know who recommended that , but, uh.....no.
If the dog keeps getting reinfested with fleas after all the careful grooming and bathing procedures, you can bet that your house is loaded with fleas and flea eggs.
You will have to flea bomb your home, maybe several flea bombs, depending upon size of the home, number of rooms, upstairs and downstairs. Plus, you will have to repeat the procedure a few times to get rid of the eggs that hatch into full blown fleas after the adults are killed.
Fleas are hard to get rid of and can get into and onto your furniture, your clothing, your bedding, other pets, family members, anyplace they can hide.
Sorry to hear of all your troubles, but if the dog has fleas, you know that your home is full of them too.
As far as home flea infestation I found that regular Boric Acid works fantastic. It was marketed for a time under some other flea prevention name (flea stoppers, i think) and for sale through the clinic I worked. It was straight boric acid so it's much cheaper getting it through regular stores. This treatment is safe for use around people and pets. Sprinkle it into all carpeted areas (also under and around all furniture. Sprinkle into/under seat cushions. Use a broom to whisk it into the carpet fibers and to push it down into cushions. Do not vacum for at least 24 hours after application. I have found this treatment to work great for up to 2 years after one application...and that it is still effective through vacuming AND shampooing carpets.
Keep in mind that this will take up to 2 weeks or so to break the flea cycle...kill the adults, any eggs hatch and kill of the new hatch before they can reproduce.
***Edited By: cockerchaos on 12/22/2006 3:01:40 AM*** Reason: add info
If at all possible try to get Zodiac. it works really well and they have flea drops, collars, spray for the dog and house and shampoo. Make sure you vacuum everywhere wash all the bedding and throw the vacuum bag out when your done. It will take a little while but keep up a steady scheduale and it will work. try not to spray him so much though and at the most a flea bath once a week.
good luck, no one should have to go through with this
Zodiac is no better than hartz flea control, and I am pretty sure it has the same active ingredient, permethrin, which is deadly toxic to cats.
Fleas prefer dogs to other animals and especially to humans... Also, some dogs are 'tastier' to fleas than others... kind of like some mosquitoes swarm around certain people, I guess.
Personally I've never had to flea bomb, I always use Raid flea foggers which work exceptionally well (I think they kill fleas, flea larvae and flea eggs, so only the pupae state fleas avoid getting killed, because that state is basically unkillable). 3 weeks later, the pupae state fleas will hatch, especially if you are vacuuming the entire time, and you bomb aagain. Once those are dead, if the dog has advantage on it, it should break the flea cycle completely.