Recommendation Needed | Flea Remover for Pet Dog

Dear Friends, I really need some advice. I have a small Shih Tzu with fleas! I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of them...dips, lotions, sprays...nothing seems to work. When I ask friends for advice they say it's a bad season for them, and can't seem to offer any alternative suggestions to things I've tried. This has been going on for weeks, and I'm at my wits end! Can anyone suggest a fool-proof solution for these nasty housemates? Thanks in advance! Nana


Alicia Wilson said…
It is a bad season every year in Texas! Okay... There is a process and if you follow it you will be flee free:
1: Buy Capstar pills sold at Moores Feed. Give this to your dog. Within 30 minutes it will start to kill the flees on him. This is a GREAT pill to pretty much instantly rid him of fleas! This pill only lasts 24 hours so you need to do the rest promptly. You can give another pill after 24 hours if you need time.
2:Not necessary but I would take him in for an Oatmeal bath. It will not only assure all the fleas ore off him the oatmeal will be soothing to his bites. Do this like 1-2 hours after giving the Capstar.
3: Apply Advantix or Frontline sold at Moore's. I find both to work well but I buy Advantix because it protects against ticks which are a whole other demon to battle. Apply this every month year round! It is expensive but worth it!
4: If there are fleas in your house you will need to bomb it. In the past I have found the orange cans of Raid work well.
5: If there are fleas in your yard it will need to be treated as well. Off Backyard works okay as does Cutter. Moore's can direct you to other yard remedies as well. I use permethrin from Moore's.
6: Dogs bedding needs to be washed in HOT water and dried HOT or replaced if this can't be done.

This seems like a lot but fleas are a nasty critter to fight. Also if you are infested it is recommended that you treat your home and yard weekly for a month since the way fleas life cycle are. (eggs, 3 stages of larva, pupa and flea) If you bomb/spray you are only killing the fleas, in a few days the eggs become larva, the larve become pupa and the pupa become fleas so you actually need to treat at each stage. I have battled this a few times over the years but I now have the hang of it! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions! Good luck!
Anonymous said…
One thing that works great is Dawn Dish Soap. Bath your dog in that let it sit for a few minutes and rinse really good. Kills not only the fleas but their eggs also. Of course you will still need to take care of the yard and the house.
Kimmi said…
I have a regimen of spraying my dogs with Cedarcide (can get at Coastal Bend Health Foods) & bathing them every other week. I know it's a lot of baths but I don't want to use chemicals and this has been working. Cedarcide also makes a yard spray that works great so you can hit the yard safely too.
Anonymous said…
I would suggest to contact a veterinarian for what to apply to your dog, they have the supplies that can't be found in retail stores and are based upon the type of dog and weight and I have found them to be less expensive than any retail product. If you have fleas in your home, there is a spray @ Wal-Mart that I found in the cat remedy section. It was on the bottom shelf and is about the size of a large can of hair spray but it is harmless to dogs and cats. You can spray it directly onto your furniture, carpet, dogs or cats bedding, etc. and it dries in 10 minutes. It kills fleas and eggs for up to 6 months and it is about $6.00 a can.
We are having a flee free year, so far. I use no chemicals on my two dachshunds. They each get 1/8 tsp of diatomaceous earth in their food and a bath every two weeks rinsed with Tropiclean Oxy Med, all available from Moore Than Feed. Two outdoor cats get dusted with diatomaceous earth. This all seems to be working well to date.
Anonymous said…
My vet gives my yorkie Capstar. The fleas start dying in 30 minutes. Also when you bathe your dog be sure to leave the soap on at least 10 minutes.
Texan99 said…
We had a terrible time earlier this year, for the first time in a long time. No matter what we used, the fleas would come right back. We finally realized the garage was infested, probably from the outdoor cats. We called in Aggie Pest Control, who came quickly and did a great job exterminating at the source. We also switched the dogs from one monthly treatment to another. It's not that one works better than the other; we just rotate to a different kind every so often. It's treating the fleas at the source that made the real difference, I think. Don't give up!
Nikki Yarnall said…
Our dogs get Comfortis. One pill once a month and it works great. The newest one is a heart guard and Comfortis pill in one called Trifexis. I haven't used it yet but hear good things about it. You can get either at most local vets in town.
Anonymous said…
Thanks to all of you...some great suggestions and some I have already used but think I just haven't carried it far enough. Guess the next step is the pest control. Nana
Anonymous said…
I too use comfortis when I have my dachshunds in flea country. It Works. I don't like to give them anything like that on a regular basis, not sure of long term effects. Regular bathing, at least once a week keeps them clean and happy, don't use harsh dog soaps to clean them with. Dawn and vinegar half and half is great too.
Janet said…
I use Trifexis on all 5 of my dogs on a monthly basis and it works great.

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