Max (lab), Elmo(cat), Sparkles (cat), have all been treated for fleas. Max is on Sentinal monthly, the cats are on the once a year shot for fleas. Well, we took in a stray named Miley. This poor cat has been through the ringer. She was so sickly and skinny when we found her. She was pregnant, had 2 kittens that died, then fixed and was going to have to be an outside cat b/c she doesn't get along with anyone. Well, she is such a sweet lover cat, I didn't have the heart to put her outside. We kept her inside she lives in the finished wreck room. Well, she likes to roam outside at times and usually comes back after an hour. Well, she brought friends with her. I guess she never got the shot for fleas b/c she was going to be outside after she was spayed. (My fault completely, I should have just done it, I don't know what I was thinking....) Now, even though all other animals have been treated, they all have fleas...Now, my daughter has flea bites on her legs b/c Sparkles and Elmo sleep with her every night. I have washed all linen, swept like crazy, used Advantix for dogs and cats on all 4 animals, and sprayed the floors and bedding of my kids, dogs, and cats....What should I be doing now? What should I be looking for now? How long will it take to kill the fleas? I feel terrible. I did this to my babies b/c I forgot to have Miley get the shot. Leason learned. I could use some help with anything else to do????? Please Help Me!!!! Ang
In addition to the bath, topical treatment, and treating all bedding, carpet and fabrics (fleas will hide deep in any fabric) get some Capstar. It is an oral pill that will begin killing the fleas within the hour of taking it. It is safe to use along with the topical meds and can be given every day. So he can have one a day until you are sure the topical is working and everything is sprayed, washed, etc.
lpn and pyrmom, can they take that pill with the sentinal monthly heart worm stuff? I don't want to make them sick. I noticed after I put the topical stuff on they are now itching like crazy. I never noticed anything until after I gave them the topical stuff. Maybe the fleas feel like they are suffocating and biting more? I feel so bad for them.
Thanks lpn...I am hoping they are all gone. I gave all 4 animals the topical stuff and we are now 3 days later and I haven't seen a live one since. The real test will be my daughter. She was sleeping with her "babies" (cats) last night. She was so sad she wasn't allowed to sleep with them. I wanted to make sure they didn't bed with her. I sprayed the house floor and furniture, and have been sweeping daily. I am hoping this is the end of those god forsaken creatures. YUCK....I will keep that pill in mind if it happens again. Thanks