A dog I am sitting has FLEAS!?

asked 2016-10-25 12:40:07 -0500

Hi, I admitted a dog for a day care today. Right away I felt a really bad smell from the dog. The dog looked all dirty and full of tangles. The owner told me that she was in a moving process and she would take care of it later. Throughout the day, the smell was so bad that I offered the owner to give him a bath. As I washed this dog, I saw a flea! The condition of this dog is much worse than I thought. He has eye mucus all over his eyes and in his hair around eyes. His ears are so dirty that I gave up on cleaning. So, right now I have two more dogs in the house. My own dog and the one I am sitting this week. I would hate them catching fleas from that dog. Right now this poor thing is locked in a bath room while I am figuring out what to do next. Thank God the dog is booked only for a day care. Has anyone experience this before? How do you deal with it?


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I know this is about fleas but what if it was something more serious? like ringworm or roundworm or Giardia or mange????

Ruby A.'s profile image Ruby A.  ( 2018-03-31 15:08:48 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-03-11 16:48:59 -0500

I have had that problem now three times! The first time the owner missed a dose and I was able to wash her with blue dawn and the fleas died.

The second was on Sentinel and we get fleas in the yard due to squirrels (two pecan trees) dang squirrels won't wear a flea collar, lol. Anyway the owner ordered a chewable flea killer and we are using that, she is with me a month. She was able to come into town an arrange otherwise I was going to do capstar and get a prescription with my vet.

The 3rd time was just this weekend, a new client had a funeral (obviously not a planned event) so it was a no meet and greet drop. It was a small dog that really needed a groom and ears were completely gross. This dog smelled terrible and had fleas. I went ahead and bathed her after getting out the mats I could without shaving her down. (Luckily I groomed my own mini schnauzer for 14 years or how would normal sitters even know what to do?) That is when I discovered the fleas and her poor ears. I went ahead and cleaned her up but I have decided at the advice of my vet to keep some Capstar equivalent at my house. If I were to get it each time from the vet it is $10 a pill. I can get cheaper in bulk but am wondering if I could add on $10 as an extra. I will disclose in advance to owners that if I find a flea I will treat and it will be a fee. The 3rd owner acted as if I was a mean guy for saying her dog needs a full groom. I didn't offer because I am not a trained groomer heck I didn't charge for the bath or the mat removal I did too.

Anyway you can get the active ingredient on Amazon shipped for 50pills for about $15 and I am going to stock up as flea season is coming up.

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Can you provide a link to the http://Amazon.com nitenpyram? I can't find it. But I want it.๐Ÿ˜Š

Christie A.'s profile image Christie A.  ( 2017-07-25 19:01:47 -0500 ) edit

I know this is about fleas but what if it was something more serious? like ringworm or roundworm or Giardia or mange????

Ruby A.'s profile image Ruby A.  ( 2018-03-31 15:08:09 -0500 ) edit
answered 2016-11-21 02:40:49 -0500

I am so glad that you got that resolved to your satisfaction. I had someone bring their dog over who had been here before. This dog was a white poodle yet you could not tell! She was in a hurry so rushed in and out and once I looked at that dog, I called her right back to get her per Rover suggestion after calling Rover help.

All of my stay dogs take preventative but I was not going to have fleas in my home. They are near impossible to get rid of once established.

When she came back, she actually told me that her house was full of fleas and that she could not get rid of them. I am constantly amazed by pet owners...both in good and bad ways. Needless to say, she has not contacted me again which is quite okay!

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answered 2016-10-25 18:08:56 -0500

The good news first: if the other dogs are on flea medication, then they cannot catch fleas from the other dogs.

Before you bathe, try to brush out the tangles as well as you can, or they will permanently mat as soon as you get him wet! Wash him with dish soap.

I've had some really poorly kept dogs come through, and I usually just get them decent enough to where I can handle them being in my house. If the owner wants me to do more, then I charge them a $25 grooming fee.

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Yeah that was good news. I informed about situation other dog owners and all dogs were on flea prevention. I do provide light grooming services but I am not ready to have a dog with fleas in my house.

Olga K.'s profile image Olga K.  ( 2016-10-27 09:28:49 -0500 ) edit
answered 2016-10-26 21:06:31 -0500

I don't do daycare, but when I found a flea on a multi-night guest, I talked with the owners and we decided to give a Capstar. It's a pill that will get rid of the fleas in 30 minutes. I think we also gave him a bath in flea shampoo. Do you require a Meet and Greet prior to day care?

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Thanks, we resolved the issue. Thank God it was a day care so the owner picked up a dog in the evening. I do require a Meet and Greet but this request was very last minute before the dog was dropped off. I learned my lesson and will not take any dog without meet and greet even if it is las minute

Olga K.'s profile image Olga K.  ( 2016-10-27 09:25:49 -0500 ) edit

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