What do you do when no flea treatment for your dog works?

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  1. beadreamer247 profile image71
    beadreamer247posted 6 years ago

    What do you do when no flea treatment for your dog works?

    I am at loss with my dog. I tried everything....all kind of brand medication spot-on treatments, Revolution pill, spray on treatment, flea shampoo, etc....pretty much everything that's on the market....same result....nothing works and on top of it she reacts strongly to flea bites. Anybody with similar experience and advice? Any experience with treating your own yard?

  2. profile image0
    SAR2811posted 6 years ago

    Out of curiosity do you see the  fleas. Because it may be that your dog is not infested but if they have a flea allergy, even a singly bite could cause bad flare ups. At the shelter we like to use blue dawn, particularly on puppies who are too young for flea treatments and it works really well. We lather them up and let the lather sit on them for a few minutes and then rinse and repeat. The fleas fall right off, dead or dying.

    1. beadreamer247 profile image71
      beadreamer247posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      SAR2811....yes, I do see the fleas and I know about Dawn and use it now and then whenever I see more than 3 fleas....I go through their coats almost daily to keep track of the situation. I have recently treated the yard and sprayed the entire house..

  3. beadreamer247 profile image71
    beadreamer247posted 6 years ago

    Yes, I find at least 7-15 fleas on her almost daily! And I have two other dogs as well and treatment on them works much better. Currently I am bathing her with blue dawn every other day to keep it somewhat under control....but that's not healthy for her skin, either.
    I did not have such problems when I lived in North Carolina, but from the moment I moved to Florida the flea problem started and never fully came to an end....

    1. DragonflyTreasure profile image70
      DragonflyTreasureposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Keep us posted on the outcome. I find this relly interesting as to why the one has such issues when the other 2 don't. Hang in there. xo

  4. alexadry profile image93
    alexadryposted 6 years ago

    Are you treating the environment other than your pet? If not, flea eggs will continue to hatch and the treatments on your dog are pointless. Have you used products  with  Insect Growth Regulators to kill flea eggs and larvae such as OVITROL? Also, have you ever tried diatamaceous earth to kill fleas in your yard?

  5. Ask Ashley profile image77
    Ask Ashleyposted 6 years ago

    Have you tried Frontline Plus? It's more expensive than most brands, but it really works (at least on my dogs). I got cheap one month and bought some off-name brand for 5 bucks, and sure enough, my dogs got fleas!! I immediately went back to Frontline, but the vet said I couldn't use it until it was time for their monthly dose, but the vet did have another solution. They had  pills for around 6 dollars each and one pill would kill all the fleas within 24 hours. I wish I could remember the name, but I am sure if you called your local vet, they would have that or something very similar.

    1. beadreamer247 profile image71
      beadreamer247posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Ashley, thanks...I know Frontline, tried it....and the pill you are talking about is Capstar....tried it as well...works for 12-24 hours and that's it.

  6. alexadry profile image93
    alexadryposted 6 years ago

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  7. DragonflyTreasure profile image70
    DragonflyTreasureposted 6 years ago

    How frustrating the have this situation. With all the products you have tried I'm sure you've already consulted with your vet. What does he/she say about this?

    Knock on wood I have never had a serious flea problem and have lived in California, Florida and Alaska. Years ago a groomer told me about using the blue Dawn. Since then I've never had fleas. I'm so sorry this doesn't work for you.

    I know we all hate to use chemicals, but sometimes it's neccessary. Have you bombed your home with flea bombs that also kill the fleas eggs? I would bomb, then repeat about 4-6 weeks later, just to be sure to get them all.

    As for the yard, there is a product call Sevin it is a powder that comes in large bags. Sprinkle all around your yard. It is for fleas and is safe for pets.This works the best.

    I wish the best of luck fighting these nasty buggers.

    1. beadreamer247 profile image71
      beadreamer247posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, yes it is frustrating. I avoid vets by now in regards to this problem. I was almost yelled at by two....they did not believe me that I was getting hopeless and needed help with the situation, that I would not treat my dog etc....

  8. profile image51
    kmwashingtonposted 4 years ago

    Diatomaceous Earth (de powder FOOD GRADE) has worked wonders for us!!  We got a cat tree from friends of ours for our ferrets not even thinking about fleas... about a week our 3 ferrets were infested!! I started my research for a natural remedy and de powder it was! You would be amazed at all the benefits this has and for the price!!!!  We use it for so many things for our pets, fleas, tape worms (daily dose) overall health and cleansing.  As well as we also take it daily for a body cleansing. You would be amazed.


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