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Q: whats the best flea killer for home and pet thats safe?

July 1, 2009 | By Mariedb31 | 7 answers | Expired: 1861 days ago

I use advantage and its not killing the fleas, ive heard that in order for this product to work the fleas have to bit him first. need some help. vet advises me to use nothing over the counter. its been almost 2 months now.

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Elisa D.
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Jul 02, 2009

Last year, I moved into a house that had fleas. My Riley was miserable. He itched so much that he ended up with 2 hot spots on his rump. Until the fleas were gone, I found at least 5 on Riley every day. What I did:
1) It turned out that his flea treatment was bad, so I re-treated him.
2) Bought a flea shampoo from PetCo - which worked great! It conditions, too. It was so great watching the fleas get rinsed out of his fur.
3) Bombed my house to kill off the fleas.
4) Bought some flea spray at PetCo and sprayed my carpets, etc.
5) Sprayed my yard to kill off any fleas that might be hopping around out there...

That pretty much did the trick.

Also, if Beazie is itching, put some hydrocortisone cream on it. Riley is allergic to flea bites, so he itches a lot. He will happily lay down and let me comb through his skin to find his itches and will allow me to put the medicine on there. All I have to do is hold up the comb and the tube of cream and ask him "Git de itches?" and he will hop right up on my bed for some relief.

If you suspect that he has some fleas, wait until he's not itching and then go looking for them. They are fast movers, too. I used a normal-sized comb to go through Riley's hair by section to find them. If Beazie's itching, the flea's probably already left the area...

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Theresa L.
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Jul 02, 2009

No over the counter stuff! I agree, my previous boxer was burned severely, which left a scar after I used Hartz brand. Frontline is soso, but my vet said that for it to work, the dog has to actually get bitten. K9 Advantix is good, because it's a repellent and repels the nasty critters so they won't bite. I've used K9 for all my pets now, and we rarely have a flea problem, only when it gets really hot. You can do a search online for All Natural Flea Spray and see what you come up with, we're lucky that we have a Holistic Pet Store in town, owned locally. Here is the link to our Holistic Store that sells some all natural products for home and for pets. If the link doesn't work, its: www.handsomehound.net

www.handsomehound.net/cgi-bin/shopping.pl?CAT=Flea%20Control

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Norrie
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Jul 02, 2009

I read of a pet that was burned by an over the counter flea repellant, think I'll use diluted shampoo and might try the red vinegar too on my kittens.

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Ccole44
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Jul 01, 2009

I went to walmart and bought the Hartz Flea Spray for my 7 mnt lab mix and it worked very well

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Anonymous
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Jul 01, 2009

The vet at my shelter advised me to bathe my kitten in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo! I bathed her twice and it worked! She's not old enough yet to use the drops or anything yet so I bathed her twice and I found 2 fleas later on. I caught one and the other has just disappeared. So, the baby shampoo is very gentle but there must be something in it that kills the flease because it really did work!

He also gave me some of one of those topical flea treatments to use on her once she's older but I won't be using it. I just prefer to keep bathing her and the others. We have all hardwood floors so there really isn't anywhere for the fleas to hide!

I hope this helps!

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Amber
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Jul 01, 2009

i just said this same things in answer to a different question, but here goes again: speaking from experience, in combating fleas, you have to fight them 1) on your pet, 2) in your home, and 3) on your lawn. if you're only treating your pet, it may be less a matter of an ineffective treatment and more that you're not killing all of them simply by treating your pet. in home, wash anything you can (pet bedding, curtains, smaller rugs, comforters, etc.) in hot water. the beater brush of a vacuum cleaner is actually highly effective at killing fleas, so vacuum very, very regularly (daily if possible), hard floors, carpets / rugs, and upholstery. there are products on the market that can be sprayed on carpet, upholstery, pet bedding, etc. that not only kills fleas and larvae for months, it keeps eggs from hatching. push comes to shove, you may need to bug-bomb your home. scary, i know, but totally worth it to bring a bad situation under control. this should be a last resort, though. on lawns, there are also commercial flea-killers available. you might want to look into beneficial predatory nematodes. they're microscopic worms that you sprinkle on your lawn...they're completely harmless to humans and pets, and they live out their lives in the soil eating and killing not only fleas, but also their larvae and ants too. as far as treating your pet, i've always used Frontline, but i think the product you're using is a good one too. there is also Capstar. it's a pill, you give it to them daily as needed, it starts working quickly to kill fleas. ask for it at your vet's office. not something to use longterm, but it's definitely an invaluable tool in getting a flea problem under control. i would recommend: Step 1) give pet a Capstar. Step 2) take pet to a trusted groomer for a flea bath. Step 3) while the dog is at the groomer's, treat the hell out of your home and lawn, and don't bring the dog back until you've done a really thorough job. Step 4) treat pet with Frontline or a similar product before bringing home, and continue using product monthly like clockwork.

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Lisa B.
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Jul 01, 2009

I bought a four paws flea comb and I just love it. It is fun to use with the pets and I put the fleas in a little alcohol in a small glass. Wash the bedding. Give him a bath with dawn, joy and a red cider vinegar rinse. The fleas hate the smell and the soap strips the fleas and they dehydrate. (a zootooer told me that) good luck.

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