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    12 week Puppy and Flea question

    Hi guys, here's the situation.

    I have a 12 week old Yorkie/Maltese living in a house which seems to have fleas everywhere.

    Cleaning the fleas out of the house is currently out of the question because the source will almost definately be allowed back in.

    My question is; how well would a spot-on treatment help me in this case? My understanding of Advantage/Frontline spot-ons is that they pretty much kill any flea that jumps onto the dog for about 4 weeks after treatment. Would it be safe to keep the puppy on the treatment for a couple months continuously to at least keep the fleas off him?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

    Edit: Cut the post to make it easier on the eyes. :P
    Last edited by Morkie; 09-05-2009 at 04:25 AM.

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    Re: 12 week Puppy and Flea question

    This is something to ask your vet. But you really need to treat all sources of the fleas and the environment. You also need to address nutrition as healthy animals attract less fleas. Adding fresh garlic to the diet in moderation can help repel fleas as well as aid in the prevention of some internal parasites. Avon's Skin-So-Soft is often effective in repelling fleas as well as other biting insects. Food grade Diatomaceous Earth can be used on pets and in gardens and on lawns to kill fleas. Nematodes can also be used on lawns and in gardens to control fleas. You can use the diatomaceous earth on carpets as well but I've generally used Borax (NOT Borateem, which has bleach). You spread the Borax over the carpet and work it into the fibers. Wait about 30 minutes or so and then vacuum up the excess.

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    Re: 12 week Puppy and Flea question

    Thanks for the reply.

    I've never actually heard of Food grade diatomaceious earth being used used for these purposes. I found a page that refers to mixing it into a dog's food; is that actually safe? Is this for short-term and/or long-term periods?

    The Avon tip should come in handy, as the fleas seem to have taken a liking to me as well. I will also take note of the house cleaning tips, though I'm still trying to work that out as the house isn't mine and the source of fleas is an outdoor cat they seem to keep letting in.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: 12 week Puppy and Flea question

    We are currently coming to a close on our flea problem. My puppy (almost 5 months old) got them a week or 2 ago. We think she got them from another dog since we don't have our own yard to take our out in, so we go to the "Grass" out front of our apartment.

    You need to treat your home, as well as your pet. Vacuum everyday. This means everywhere the dog frequents. For us that was pretty much the whole apartment except one bedroom, where the door is always closed. We had/have to vacuum our bed, couch, floors, rugs, chairs, etc. I bought a spray that can be sprayed on furniture and rugs. I usually spray before I go to work, so there is time for it to dry and Stella can't get on it. Applying Frontline should work. You might want to spray your yard, or try to apply something to the flea cat.

    Good luck! It sucks so much. My legs, stomach, and back are all bitten. I'm itchy as heck, and feel the pain my puppy is in.

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    Re: 12 week Puppy and Flea question

    Yes, Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe to eat but make sure you do get food grade. You can also use it on the dog as well as the cat.

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    Re: 12 week Puppy and Flea question

    Quote Originally Posted by Morkie View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    I've never actually heard of Food grade diatomaceious earth being used used for these purposes. I found a page that refers to mixing it into a dog's food; is that actually safe? Is this for short-term and/or long-term periods?

    The Avon tip should come in handy, as the fleas seem to have taken a liking to me as well. I will also take note of the house cleaning tips, though I'm still trying to work that out as the house isn't mine and the source of fleas is an outdoor cat they seem to keep letting in.

    Thanks again.
    Food grade D.E. is totally safe to eat. It's a full spectrum wormer that a lot of farmers use with their livestock. I've actually eaten it myself (I was paranoid about having worms because my friend did). But my understanding is that it wouldn't effect fleas, it would only effect parasites in the digestive tract. If you want to use it to kill fleas, put it on the dog, on the carpets, and everywhere else the dog goes inside. Wait a few days and then vacuum and bathe. Oh and get some dust masks, too. When you're putting it out it gets very dusty.

    Also, get some shampoo and sprays with Neem oil, along with citronella and other essential oils that repel fleas.

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