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: What to do about fleas if you don't want to use Advantage?
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Feb 23rd 2007
David writes in to "Ask A Pug" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are suffering through a particularly bad flea season here in St. Pete Florida. Our three pugs, Otis, Rocco, and Hershey, are on a constant quest to find that one flea that is driving them crazy. In reality there is more than one...
We had an incident with Advantage two years ago that made me sware off using those chemicals on the boys. After I applied Advantage to Hershey, he jumped up on the couch and got some advantage on the back cushion. A bit later that evening I noticed a white spot on my BROWN sofa, and realized that the advantage had taken all the color out of the leather where Hershey had been sitting. Wow! If it can do that to leather, what must it be doing to the dogs, their skin, and their health?!?!?!?
We use an all-natural product called Critter Oil, made locally by a holistic pet care shop, and it does kill fleas well when I use it to bathe the boys, but it doesn't seem to have a lasting repellant effect.
So this is a cry for help! Any suggestions to combat the fleas?
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David, Otis, Rocco, and Hershey"
So, any suggestions?
Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
Feb 23rd 2007
I don't know what's in Critter Oil, but if it contains tea tree, pennyroyal or d-limonine, you might want to stop using it. These oils have caused paralysis, liver problems and seizures in pets.
There are some other things that you might want to try:
Mix nutritional brewer's yeast (NOT baker's yeast) into food daily - 1 teaspoon per 30lbs. My pug is 20-22 lbs, and I just give her a little more than 1/2 teaspoon.
Add a tblsp of organic apple cider vinegar to water bowl.
Give them B vitamin and Omega oil suppliments daily (see package for dosing per body weight).
Small quanitites of FRESH garlic added to the food might work. Apparently, fleas are not into Italian food, and they don't like the taste of garlic. One crushed clove (not the whole bulb, just one clove) per 30lbs of pug. But it is not recommended you give them garlic everyday. Maybe 2-3X week. Heating the garlic slightly before serving might make it easier to digest.
I hope this helps.
Feb 24th 2007
A tip my vet gave me is to bath my pugs with joy dishwashing liquid (lemon) blended with equal parts of baby oil in it. Shampoo the dog and lather well, let sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing. I follow up with a shampooing of oatmeal shampoo for dogs and mix a tablespoon of baby oil with this solution as well. It leaves their coats soft with a nice sheen. Ever since I started using this solution, my dogs flea problems disappeared immediately.
As an additional little tip I use on my pugs is every morning and evening, I take the lint remover (the one with the handle that has little removable tape strips) and roll it along all over their coat to remove the lose hair. This helps tremendously in keeping the shedding hair off the furniture throughout the house and the dogs just love it.
Feb 26th 2007
Well, when we first moved to a doggy-filled apartment community in Galveston, Linus's Sentinel would not keep the fleas away.
I did the dishwashing soap bath with Linus and it worked great. I didn't use the baby oil, though. Just 1/2 cup of dishwashing soap and 1/2 cup of water. Apply the mixture directly to the pug, without getting the pug wet first. Lather up, wait 5 minutes, then rinse and watch all of the fleas wash down the drain.
Another thing I did was boric acid on all the carpet in my apartment, waited a bit, and vacumed it up. You can find it at most grocery stores and it is cheap and non toxic to animals, but kills mites, fleas, and roaches.
Mar 3rd 2007
I worked at a specialty vet hospital for many years. I've always used Frontline (SPRAY, not the topical you put on the back of the neck). It dries quickly and doesn't leave a sticky residue or smell. You can also use it around the dogs bedding if needed. The spray works great, kills the fleas fast & it also works on ticks. The spray works especially well if you have multiple dogs, no matter their size. Remember to use a soap free shampoo so it doesn't wash off the Frontline. If you're having a major problem with the fleas you can use the Frontline every 3 weeks instead of 4 weeks. Be careful buying any over the counter flea product, topical or those flea collars. I've seen one too many dogs & cats come into the hospital having a seizure because of them. Good luck!
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