|09-24-2013 12:13 PM|
|Saphire||I would seriously be trying to help the bf family rid themselves of fleas for their dogs sake AND yours. To leave your dogs covered in fleas with no effort to treat is negligent. No way I would be subjecting my dog to flea prevention if not needed. Keep your dog away until it's resolved.|
|09-23-2013 10:14 PM|
|09-23-2013 04:51 PM|
|Saphire||The other concern would be all the insecticides your applying to your dog all because your boyfriends house is infested. Do you live in a climate where these products are a must even without the current flea issue at boyfriends?|
|09-23-2013 12:13 AM|
For that house I highly suggest an exterminator. Years ago we had bombed my parents home a couple of times. They live in a wooded/marsh area of NJ and the insects were thriving in that environment. My suggestion is to stay clear of that home. As others have stated its not just a bad place for your dog - but for you too!
It's difficult to talk about hygiene issues to others. I had a coworker who never seemed to shower and his hygiene was affecting us and other trades. Finally had a sit down and worked it out. It's very uncomfortable to positively say, "Hey, you're smelly, REALLY smelly."
They have to do something. Come up with a middle ground and work with it. Especially if his hounds want to visit your home.
Otherwise, cut your losses in benefit to you and your dog.
|09-22-2013 10:24 PM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||After you give the dogs a capstar, have themlay on a white sheet or blanket for about an hour and then show the boyfriend's mother the results. She'll believe you then|
|09-22-2013 10:23 PM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||
It's a good plan except for the fact that you have to continue with the comfortis EVERY month. EVen if you live where the weather gets cold. My dogs are on Trifexis (Comfortis plus heartworm protection) every month without fail.
I had a flea infestation once when my little JRT got to where the Frontline just quit working. My vet gave me Comfortis and within the month every flea in my house and on the dog were gone. Of course, I had all hardwood and vacuumed like a boss every day whil getting it under control.
|09-22-2013 09:57 PM|
P.S I feel bad for his 4 dogs... one of them is like loosing hair, always bits his tail til it gets bloody, and the rest of the 3 dogs just keep biting themselves nonstop. What really gets me frustrated is his mom is delusional, she keeps telling me it's in my head, that their house has no fleas. and how her dogs are not infested. I just want to shake her when she tells me stuff like this, I'm not crazy.
|09-22-2013 09:13 PM|
My bitch was so bad that we went to a dermatologist. Missing hair, in a cone because she was so itchy. On once a month Program at that time, house and yard treated. We tried Benadryl 3x day and no improvement. Blood allergy testing showed significant flea, dust mite, and food storage mite allergies. No food or plant allergies. At this point, I was handed a six pack of Comfortis; my first interaction with it. My initial reaction was "HOLY HECK! Expensive stuff!" But I've NEVER looked back. ONLY with the addition of Comfortis were we able to see any sort of improvement, and it was a complete 180. We still went the same places, we made it through the spring, summer, and fall... and no reaction. Comfortis COMPLETELY eliminated her reaction to fleas.
Unless I am mistaken, spinosad paralyzes the central nervous system of the flea that bites. So yes, it has to bite. But it does not have the opportunity to make a full fluid exchange, and thus it does not cause the dermatological reaction that a flea bite with another product will still allow. It takes longer to control a premises infestation because it is not a FGR/IGR (Flea/insect growth regulator) and thus does not prevent the fleas that do not bite from breeding. Used in conjunction with other products (like Siphotrol) it usually takes a few weeks to see significant improvement. With just Comfortis and no introduction of new fleas it takes about 3 months to clear for our clients.
It's disturbing to me that someone is 'giving up' on their pet having fleas. That's horrible, awful. They're not doing the RIGHT things and they probably just don't want to spend the money doing it properly. Please try to help that dog's owner understand how horrible its life is while being ravaged by fleas. Get a large colony of mosquitos and let them loose in their bedroom. Repeat weekly until the person understands what it feels like to be 'flea infested' from the human point of view.
|09-22-2013 06:47 PM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||You're correct. And I would either tell my boyfriend to either get rid of the fleas (it isn't that hard) or I would quit taking my dog over there. It isn't even healthy for you.|
|09-22-2013 04:16 PM|
It won't matter what flea product you use if you continue to take you're dog into flea infested areas. The fleas will die/become sterile etc. after contact but they will continue to bite your pooch while in that house. Your house however should remain protected while using flea prevention products.
As long as your dog is being bit by fleas the allergy issues will continue.
Someone please correct me if I an wrong.
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