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Hi All,

So my 8 month old lab mix pup has fleas. I live in a city, but there are some patches of grass around, as well as a doggie park nearby. My pup has been spending time at another place more in the burbs, and that house has an outdoor cat as well. We use Frontline on the cat, but still find fleas when we give him the occaisional flea combing.

So, for the pooch we first tried BioSpot drops for his neck & hindquarters. They could be considered off brand, but we were trying to be cheap. We also supplemented it with a flea/tick collar because we were going hiking that day.

30 days came and went, and we weren't overly concerned. We did still notice fleas--we figured it was because it was cheaper than, say, Frontline. We were in a pinch, so we did another 30 day dose.

Near the end of the 30 day run, we got some flea shampoo. I can't recall the brand, but I know I got it from a PetSmart that didn't have a vet sponsoring it. We gave him another shampooing a few days later (a bit earlier than the recommended 7-10 period) and still noticed fleas within a short period.

A neighbor in the burbs with a similar dog recommended K9 Advantix, saying that his dog is flea/tick free & his dog arguably spends more time in a wooded/grassy area. Reading the packaging for K9 Advantix revealed an abundance of warnings for killing cats (more so than BioSpot).

So we broke down and got some Frontline for his next dose...also overlapping the shampooing & the last day or so of the BioSpot dose. We figured it was okay since he still had fleas.

Well he definately has less fleas on him now...maybe 4-5 instead of closer to 7-10+. Still though, this doesn't make sense to me. I've had dogs in the past (albeit with less outdoorsy exposure) and never even seen a flea. I feel so bad when I see him chomping away at his fur. We noticed that the base of his tail had a small hairless patch and read that it may be due to allergies to the fleas.

Help! How can we accomplish his fleadom (keep in mind the outdoor cat)?

Thanks in advance,

Flea-Ridden Owner

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My dog had fleas last year to get rid of them i gave him a bath with shampoo that had coconut oil in it and all the fleas washed off(it wasnt any brand because it came from the factory where my brother worked)anyway it helped sooth his skin too because he is really allergic to fleas. So about 2 or 3 days later we took him to the vet and no more fleas but they came from the backyard of the apartment buildings where my aunt lives. So they said before we take him out into a feild or a group of animals to put frontline on him so we did that and didnt see fleas on him the rest of the year.

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I like the flea collars, they are very effective even though they usually have awful smell. Also the only way to get rid of flees is to make sure your puppy gets frequent shampoo showers. I'd also check with my vet to see if there's any new product on the market which other pet owners liked. You should also consider getting dog insurance especially with that dog park which could give you some problems eventually.

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I use Frontline too but want to go to something that is organic. I have a friend who's dog is allergic to Frontline so she tried DE-FLEA- you can get it at petsmart and she swears they will drop off the dog dead!!!!!!

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Frontline usually works great for me. Make sure the dog doesn't go for a swim. Hope you managed to get rid of the fleas!

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sorry for the double post!!

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If you have carpets in your house I suggest getting a box of Borax (the soap) and keeping it on hand. shake it on your carpet and scuff it down into the carpet (walk all over it so it gets down into the fibers) and leave it for a day or two and then vaccum it up that should kill all the fleas in the carpet. Cover the carpet with pee pads while the borax is on it for the 2 days so the dog doeasn't lick it up. also you can use 3/4 white vinegar to 1/4 water solution solution and rub it on the dog all over his belly and wherever you saw fleas that kills them too. Thats what i did with my pups until I could get to the vet and it really worked.