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How to get rid of fleas?

asked 2015-03-09 15:57:58 -0600

Since the weather has been so warm on the west coast, and flea season is approaching I am wondering what people do to prevent their dog from getting fleas?

If your dog DOES get them - what have you found that works to get rid of them?

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I live in Florida so I have flea and tick issues. I use baths for fleas and certifect for ticks. The certifect works on the fleas as well. Read the labels of the medicines and always ask your vet. Not all medicines work for all pets.

Anibel S.'s profile image Anibel S.  ( 2015-08-31 00:40:42 -0600 ) edit

We use a product called "food grade diatomaceous earth" all year round and especially during the summer months when our dog is apt to pick these things up from outside. They live in the grass. It works on cats and dogs and the food grade product is safe to ingest. On the carpet, on the animal WORKS!

Amy L.'s profile image Amy L.  ( 2015-08-31 14:17:40 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2015-08-29 22:35:31 -0600

I also use dawn dish soap but put some apple cider vinegar in the bath water. It helps kill the fleas and conditions the skin, coat and paws. Don't forget to check the paws for cracks and roughness. Vinegar and Epsom salt is great for us and them. I put my feet in the tub with them and it really helps calluses.

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answered 2015-03-10 07:31:42 -0600

My dog is allergic to any flea and tick medicine so I spray her down with Apple Cider Vinegar. You can use white vinegar as well. I dilute it with water and spray her. Some people put it in their water bowl (just a little and only the apple cider vinegar NOT the white vinegar) and this repels fleas and ticks. I personally have not done the water bowl method since I find that just spraying her works. I've been doing it for 4 years and she's never had fleas. http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/flea-...

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answered 2015-06-25 23:21:32 -0600

Another possibility you may want to discuss with the vet is Trifexis. It takes care of fleas, hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm - all in one convenient monthly pill. Not all vets sell it, but it can be purchased online. If purchased at vet, the manufacturer (Elanco) offers a rebate. Last year, according to a local vet, the fleas were going after all dogs no matter what they were taking. The vet's office said just keep ensuring all the dogs were kept on schedule taking whatever preventative treatment, do frequent checks and brushing, and if you find fleas in home you've got to take swift and thorough action to get rid of the eggs: wash every linen/textile/soft items in hot water & detergent, clean all floors, vacuum any carpet & immediately throw away the bag outside.

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answered 2015-06-25 19:05:04 -0600

It's always hard to get rid of fleas and or any kind of bug but I myself always used Dawn detergent soap on my animals and it worked great! Also, the flea collars work as well or medicine.

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answered 2015-03-09 16:54:38 -0600

My last dog had to be treated pretty regularly. Advantage was our go-to and worked really well. www.petcarechoice.com was the cheapest prices I could find, and you can always buy the biggest size and divide it up over 2-3 months to save some more $. Thankfully my current dogs seem flea-immune so I haven't had to worry about it.

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answered 2015-06-28 22:44:45 -0600

Trifexis is definitely one of the best flea/tick treatments out there (at least in my experience.) Fleas and ticks are bad in my area and its the only thing that's worked almost 100%. One of my dogs also has bad allergies and it was much easier on him than the topical treatments. I also use a flea comb on my dogs and the dogs I sit for during the summer months and it seems to help as well- that may be something for you to try if you're worried about allergies but I wouldn't use it as a sole treatment. You can also get a spray from Amazon from Vet's Best that costs about $5. It's all natural and peppermint oil based- I honestly don't know how effective it is but I used it on some of my dog bedding and on my indoor cats before I put them on frontline and they didn't end up with fleas/ticks.

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answered 2015-06-27 14:44:48 -0600

I wouldn't recommend bath soap and salt every other day for 2 weeks?? ( in a post above) -- wow Imagine what that does to their skin!!! I'd call your vet. and let them know just how bad the situation is and ask for recommendations.

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answered 2015-12-22 15:21:16 -0600

Just had an issue with a Rover pet we were sitting, an egg must have hatched on her, and she was just coated in fleas we had to take her to the vet. Vinegar works wonders!! Warm water, and vinegar!!

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answered 2015-12-22 14:49:40 -0600

Our dogs are on Raw food and I have never had any issues though we live in a forested area with deer. This causes concern for me due to ticks but also we foster dogs and I am constantly having to treat my home. As we try to live chemical free we use natural products to protect both our own dogs and our home. I am now the distributor for "Pet Protector" which is a chemical free product for Flea & Tick prevention and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

http://www.petprotector.org/?ID=49838

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answered 2015-12-31 20:43:55 -0600

I have had great success with Comfortis. Your vet sells it. I've heard good things about Trifexis, as Deb & Haley suggested, but I've not yet tried it because I pretty much like to stick with what I know works for my dogs. I may give it a try soon, however, as my vet has been recommending it.

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