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My dog got fleas from his rover sitter...suggestions?

asked 2016-08-28 14:22:18 -0500

What should I do? Day one with her, she said he was great. Day two when we go pick him up she said that they came back from inside and started itching and she told my husband to bathe him so that whatever he has doesn't get in the house. We'll we gave him a bath and found fleas! She said she would help with cost of the treatment at the groomers, well now she is saying that she talked to a friend of hers and her friend said that my pup been have those fleas because of the size of them, but my pup just went to the vet 2 days before her care and was in complete great health and condition......Need help and suggestions please.

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Is your dog on flea medication? How many fleas did you find on them?

Hillary H.'s profile imageHillary H. ( 2016-08-28 15:29:02 -0500 )edit

Yes my dog is on regular flea and tick medicine. I found about 10 of them.

Ohh T.'s profile imageOhh T. ( 2016-08-28 18:10:51 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-29 11:41:38 -0500

If your dog is on flea medication, I wouldn't be too concerned. The fleas may die depending on the type of flea medication that your dog is on, and you can give them a bath with either a flea medicated shampoo or original blue Dawn dish soap to kill the fleas. It is possible that they picked up fleas in the sitter's yard from wild animals such as squirrels or rabbits without their home or personal pets being infested. If you are worried about the fleas reproducing, I would suggest laundering any items that your dog slept on and around (such as rugs or dog beds) before you realized that they had a few fleas on them, and also vacuum the carpets and your furniture very thoroughly everyday. Fleas usually lay their eggs in dark, low-activity areas such as under couch cushions or just underneath an area rug. They do not hatch for about two weeks, but if you are vacuuming regularly, it will stimulate them to come out earlier and then you can vacuum them away.

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answered 2016-08-29 18:32:31 -0500

I second Hillary's advice. As a sitter I do everything I can to ensure my home and yard stay flea-free, but with wild animals in the area (squirrels, gophers, birds, and even neighborhood cats) and walks outdoors (trees, grass, brush) it's impossible to never come into contact with something that could have fleas. I would let the sitter know so they can double check that their own home wasn't the cause, and ensure any bedding used gets washed, but honestly it can happen to anyone. Some things are out of their control and I don't think it's the fault of the sitter unless it was due to negligence on their part (they knew the house had fleas but didn't do anything about it - but that would be hard to prove!). If your dog is on preventive medication, I wouldn't worry too much - this situation is what the medication is designed to handle!

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answered 2016-09-06 11:19:05 -0500

If your dog is on flea medication, and he still got fleas, I would look at switching to another brand such as Nexguard or Trifexis. Home remedies such as baths and dips will help suppress the problem, but it won't keep it from happening again.

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answered 2016-09-02 19:06:42 -0500

My 7-month-old dog had fleas at one point but there were a couple of home remedies that seemed to work. After taking your dog for a walk outside, spray a solution of vinegar and water (50-50 ratio) all over the dog's body and rub it in. You have to do this every time. Additionally make sure to focus near the neck, armpits, and stomach area. Another option is to give your dog a bath in Dawn dishwashing soap with a lemon scent or the one one that's blue in color. You will be able to see the dead fleas all over the tub. Hope this helps at least a little.

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