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Old 08-24-2014, 03:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a 13 week old German Shepherd puppy and I think the poor lad got a flea or possibly more! So I realized that my pup has been itching frequently about a week ago. I assumed that he was itching because of other reasons but I saw a black spec crawl across his tummy. I immediately took action and went to the pet store to get some flea shampoo(employee recommended it), flea comb, Advantage spray for the house and some Advantage II.

A girl that worked at the store recommended we get a flea shampoo to bomb the sucker right away. She also recommended the *Sentry* brand shampoo and said it worked best. I have already done a fair bit of research with flea topical brands and a lot of people recommended Advantage II worked best. We gave him a bath with the flea shampoo and waited 2 days before applying the Advantage II. However, some of it got on his fur because he has a VERY thick coat and he was squirming around. I've been flea combing him every day but I haven't seen any eggs or fleas get pulled up, nor have I seen "flea dirt". I've been spraying my house with the Advantage Carpet and Upholstery Spray and followed the instructions and I've been vacuuming the house twice a day.

Today I just spotted another flea! I tried to grab the sucker but my dog ended up moving so it disappeared somewhere. I flea combed him and it's no where to be found. I've been digging through his fur but he's dark skinned and his coat is unbearably thick. How soon will the flea die from the topical?
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When you gave a bath where on the body did you start, head or butt?
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Head to tail.
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Head to tail.
Did you see any fleas come off the dog during the bath?
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I thought I saw a black spec come off on bath but it was accompanied by black hair so it was hard to tell.
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Sorry I can't seem to edit my post but should/could I reapply the flea topical if I got a lot it on the fur?
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There is pill you can get from the vet that kills all fleas but will only last 24hrs. Then you must apply the topical oil. We use Advantix II. It works on flees and ticks. This combination worked great on a stray cat we just took in to be our barn cat and worked great on our GSD when we first brought him home.
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Trifexis will kill every flea on the dog within 30 minutes of ingestion and every larvae or egg that hatches. Dead, dead, dead.

It is also heartworm preventative and intestinal parasite killer/preventative.

I have never seen a flea on Lisl in almost two years she has been on Trifexis. I don't have to worry about her sitting in the grass or playing in the yard, or going to a strange field for work.
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There is pill you can get from the vet that kills all fleas but will only last 24hrs. Then you must apply the topical oil. We use Advantix II. It works on flees and ticks. This combination worked great on a stray cat we just took in to be our barn cat and worked great on our GSD when we first brought him home.
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Check with your vet, but it is typically considered safe to use with topical treatments.

ETA: I'm having really good results using Springtime garlic for flea and tick prevention. It's cheaper than topical as well. It takes about a month to build up, so I continued Frontline for a month when beginning the garlic.
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There is pill you can get from the vet that kills all fleas but will only last 24hrs. Then you must apply the topical oil. We use Advantix II. It works on flees and ticks. This combination worked great on a stray cat we just took in to be our barn cat and worked great on our GSD when we first brought him home.
They have capstar at Petsmart. I got it there when I thought mine had the fleas. You can look it up. Research anything you decide to use.
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