Well, I picked up Dallas (my 2 month old German Shepherd pup) on Tuesday. He is so adorable. He hasn't met Phoenix (my 4 month old German Shepherd pup-the one with the eating problem) yet...but he will tonight. Anyway, the first night was some what stressful. He wouldn't stop crying and he wouldn't eat. I didn't sleep for two days straight. He kept throwing up all over the house (on my bed, couch, floors). Well, Wednesday morning he threw up and by that night he still had not eaten anything. I was sitting on the couch with him and I was petting him. When I went to pick up my glass from the table I noticed blood on my hand. It was from my little Dallas. The vet was closed to I took a ride up to my local groomer (we have a good relationship and even though she was closed she let me in-since she lives where she works). She wet him down and parted his coat and took a look at his skin. Turns out he has one of the worst cases of flea infestations she has ever seen. He had open wounds all over him, scabs and hundreds of fleas running all over him. She put Frontline on him and told me to keep brushing them out of his coat for the next two days and hopefully most of them will die. Then we can go to the next step. I took him home that night and emailed the breeder to let her know how he is doing and about the fleas. WELL...she told me that one of her puppies (from the same litter) was returned because he got sick and the vet said he had parvo. Now I have to take Dallas to get checked for parvo to make sure that he doesn't have it. I went home last night broken hearted that my little boy might possibly have this terrible virus...but when I got home he greeted me at the door jumping around and barking at me. Later, he played tug-o-war with me while I was changing my shirt (we went back and forth for about 20 minutes with my shirt sleeve), he ate his bowl of food, some puppy treats and then stole part of my sandwich as I was getting a drink from the refrig. He also pooped for the first time this morning and it's solid. He slept all night long right next to me on the bed. So I finally got a night of sleep. He looks like he's getting used to things and he's getting better. The fleas are still pretty bad... As for Phoenix she is eating more, she eats her treats and she eats her dog food when no one is looking. She has gained a total of 4 pounds over the last week or so-which is a lot for her. Now for my questions: How do you get rid of a really bad case of fleas? I have tried the Frontline and I have the flea soap for bathtime, but his fleas are so bad that I am seeing them around the house and now my little ferrets have them...so I really need to find some way to get rid of the fleas. Any advise would help with this problem-I've never had fleas before-my dogs have always been flea free-so this is a bit new for me-even with the many dogs we've bred, raised, fostered and such. Thanks guys... Oh, and I'm not so sure I will be going back to that breeder in the future. I mean, I love little Dallas, but these fleas are terrible and the parvo scare is enough to make me find another breeder in the future. I'll let you guys know how the vet visit goes. I don't think he has parvo but it is better to be safe than sorry.
I would be upset that the breeder did not take the iniative to call you about the possibility of Parvo. You would not even have known this if you hadn't have called about the fleas. I mean if Parvo is a possibility, the breeder should have called all the new pups families to make sure they got vet checks immediately.
If you have used Frontline to no avail I would try advantage. Also for the ferrets you can use Bio-spot for ferrets. I know that they sell it at petsmart. I used to have ferrets and I would use it on them. Good luck and I hope everything comes out ok.
Thank you. I have only had him since Tuesday, but he has improved so much since when I first brought him home. He shows no signs of parvo...but I'm still a little worried. I just have no idea what to do about these terrible fleas.
when we got our akita, she had the worst case of fleas ever. They got in our house, the bed, the dog, they were *everywhere*. So we literally had to take drastic measures. First off, it's a shame you used frontline on him and not advantage. Advantage works far faster and more effectively but just doesn't last as long. Did your vet give you a pill called 'capstar'? It's a pill that literally will kill every flea on a dog. You only give it one time. Ask your vet about getting one of those, they cost about $5 bucks. Next, the fleas in your house and on the ferrets.. Head off to walmart and pick up a few cans of the bug foggers. Yes I know these are horrible for the environment.. so what, they work and they will help immensely. In order to use them you literally have to clear every animal out of the house, if you have fish, turn off the filter while you are gone, cover the tank with a towel or whatnot. they'll survive for the 2 hours it takes to do it. When that's done, come back and 'clean up. Bathe the ferrets outside so they don't bring more live fleas into the house. Take the cushions off the sofa. Wash all of the bedding in every bed and that the dogs have every day or two. Vacuum every single day, vacuuming helps any eggs/pupae that are in or on the carpet hatch In fact, go get a flea collar, cut it into pieces and put it into the vacuum cleaner bag if you have a bag vacuum, it will kill the fleas that get into it. If you don't have a bag vacuum, take the container outside to empty it so that live fleas that got sucked up don't get out into the house again. I know it sounds like a total pain in the butt, but trust me, this *works*.
Thank you, which is supposed to be better...Frontline or Advantage? Will the vet be able to help with the fleas or am I going to be told to try those things by the vet? This kind of upsets me to the point of being mad...I have never had a problem with fleas and I have had a lot of dogs in my lifetime-hell I used to breed Alaskan Malamutes for years...but never had a problem with fleas. How does a breeder let their puppy get that bad right before selling it to a buyer? And I know that the other little puppies were just as bad, not to mention the Shetland Sheepdogs that she had (and also breeds), the other German Shepherds that she had and the cats she had all over the place. All of those poor animals are probably covered in fleas. My own fault I guess...I should have looked into things a little more before buying the pup...I don't regret it though because I love Dallas...I just can't believe people can be so ignorant-especially a breeder.
Minniyar, Thank you so much. I am making a note of all of that. I will ask my vet for that pill tonight when I take Dallas to get his parvo check. And hopefully this weekend I can get to Wal-Mart and de-flea the house and do all the other stuff you mentioned. That will hopefully work and thank you so much!!!
Fleas are hideous. You can get all the pets out and use a flea bomb... this will get a bunch of them. Maybe still not all. Then get a large glass baking dish of water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid in it. Put the dish in your floor under a nightlight at night. Fleas will be attracted to the light and will die in the water, plus it will give you an idea about how many are left, hopefully you will see less and less everyday. I hope Dallas is okay. He seems to be frisky enough from what you said, and solid poo is good! His breeder ought to be giving everybody who bought a puppy from his litter a call, since I understand Parvo is a lot cheaper/more successful to treat when you catch it early.
Minniyar's advice is pretty dead on - we brought home a flea infested kitty, and that's exactly what I did. we called it bombing, and it worked. the clean up was a huge pain in the ass, but it was soo worth it. Good luck!
I have been taking the pets up to the top floor bedroom and then sprinkling this flea powder all over the carpet and furniture, letting it sit for about an hour and then I vacuum it up...I do this daily but I am still seeing fleas, which I know are because Dallas and the ferrets have fleas all over them. Thank you guys for your suggestions and your help. I will try everything you are saying...and hopefully I can get this under control and soon. I hope that the breeder let everyone that bought one of her pups know about the parvo risk. So far, out of 4 (it was a litter of 10) only one has had it...but I don't know anything about the other 6.
My puppies flea collar worked like crap and so did the Frontline Plus that I used on him. What I found to work really good was Raid Flea spray. I sprayed it all over the place them when I was done I sprayed my dog. It worked great. I really should have bought two cans of it. Plus it has a nice smell rather than a pesticide smell. It said it was safe on pets, and my dogs never had a problem with it, not to mention that my older female has sensitive skin. I'd lke to try that pill though sounds great.
I'd never use a flea collar on a dog personally. I think they're pretty worthless. Frontline plus is ineffective on some dogs, for some reason. It didnt' work at all on my akita, for example. It works great on our mixed breed dog though. For a serious flea problem where I want the fleas dead asap, I use and recommend advantage/advantix.
Thank you guys...I will definitely look into some of those things and see what I can find. I have to do something because the fleas are killing me...well, not really...they are just VERY annoying and my poor little Dallas is suffering from them. I called the vet and most of the vets in my area do not carry it, the ones that do are booked up until next weekend. So I am going to either try Advantage or the Raid Flea spray for the time being, hopefully that will help until I can get in the vet and get the pill. You guys have been a big help. I didn't think the flea collars would really work.