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I Need Your Help . . . Fleas AND Ticks!

Hiya, Fuji! I wish I wasn't seeing your adoro bathtime mohawk under such sad circumstances. This cute pup has recently come down with fleas and ticks – learn the Shih-Tzu's story below and let's try to help mn48225 come up with a solution!

Fuji caught ticks two weeks ago and then, over the weekend, he caught fleas. It's been five days now and I had applied Advantix on him, gave him a bath with flea shampoo and then switched to Advantage. Last time this happened, it seemed to work but, this time around, he is still scratching! I even cleaned my whole apartment and dusted it down with flea powder. Do you have any suggestions?

dogluvah dogluvah 8 years
I would suggest a natural flea & tick shampoo for year round use. Erth Dogs natural dog products has a great natural flea & tick shampoo plus an all-natural herbal flea & tick powder:)
Halloween31 Halloween31 9 years
I give my dogs frontline against everything, fleas, ticks and biting lice. I also washed them with dog shampoo which have tea tree oil in the product. Perhaps you can try that and if all fails would suggest to visit your vet. Good luck
drea-nicole drea-nicole 9 years
Frontline didn't work on Viva so we got her a flea collar. If that doesn't work I'm going to have to ask her vet what they suggest.
Daethian Daethian 9 years
The products I found on the website kills ALL THREE STAGES *WOOT* I spent my weekend cleaning my house hoping to stave off a full blown infestation. There is concern with fleas becoming immune to Frontline and Advantage and that is why our vet told us to try Pro Meris. It may be good as a preventative but it didn't do much in stopping infestation. You can give your dogs children's liquid Benadryl. My vet prescribed it for my sister's Chi's as they have sinus drainage that upsets their tummy. It should soothe the itching but CHECK WITH YOUR VET before giving it to your pet!!!!
mnp mnp 9 years
Ahh, so he is probably still scratching from the flea bites. I didn't read anything about that. So, next time around, we'll use Frontline. If you look really closely, you can see the tick** in this picture. Anywho, thanks ladies! =) **Yup, on Fuji's left side. Ick!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Whoa! Quit with all the treatments! Please wait at least 3-4 weeks before applying any more products. 1. Get Frontline. It works really well on both fleas and ticks. 2. Don't give a bath for a few days before and after application. It works with the natural oils on your dogs skin to spread over their bodies. No oil = no spreading. 3. Ask your vet about an antihistamine. Some vets will give you instructions on how to use Benadryl based on your dog's weight. This will help with the itchies. It will also make them a tad sleepy. 4. Vacuum often for the next few weeks. Clean all soft surfaces like couches, beds, etc too! 5. Wait. Frontline starts killing fleas and ticks immediately but it may take some time to get all the fleas out of your home. In 4 weeks, apply another treatment. Depending on your area, Frontline may need to be a year round application, just like heartworm treatments. Good luck! :D
PinkySugar PinkySugar 9 years
Call you Vet. My dog Foxy just got fleas and they gave her a pill that starts working in 20 minutes. When the fleas go to host on your dog they will die almost immediately! Works so great. Her fleas are all gone now!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
Also, as someone else said, the flea bites will continue to bother them for a few days after the fleas are gone. Something like an anti-itch cream works for that. My dog goes nuts from bites, so I use tea tree spray from the pet store (to stop her from biting, and it calms her) and then neosporin or something similar to help it heal. Fleas are the worst!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I have had two different vets tell me that Advantage doesn't work- they suggest using Frontline. The first vet was all about money so I ignored him, thinking he was just getting money from them. The second vet is a rescue vet who works all night long for pennies- he does it cause he cares. So I switched to Frontline and it has helped a lot.
pugglelover pugglelover 9 years
Daethian has great tips but after vacumming get rid of the bag because they can jump out. Also to kill the 3 stages of fleas does take awhile. Frontline Plus is what I use for my dogs and cat. Omce you get rid of them you do everything to keep it that way for you and your dog!
Daethian Daethian 9 years
Going through this myself, minus the ticks. In my experience, Frontline is the better product and moreso FrontlinePlus. Advantix doesn't do the trick and the new drops by Pro Meris are not as effective either. This is the last brand I used and it did not kill the adult fleas that found their way onto my cat in the 4 weeks following the application. You should remember that if you bathe your pet you have to allow two to three days between so that you get the full effect of the drops. I also found two great sites to help: Essentially you have to control the adults and the offspring which can be in the trillions and spread through out your house. Daily vacuuming is a big help in controlling the offspring. Treat the pet. Treat the house. Treat the yard. I ordered products for all of the above that are non toxic, photo stable and are supposed to be highly effictive. I bought them at Of course I've blogged about it too and included pics of my poor kitty getting a bath.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I'm so sorry to hear about your flea problem. Thankfully my boys have no experienced that yet, but we keep them on advantage year round. I would tend to agree with everything Ginafly says for advise and would recommend an oatmeal shampoo and conditioner to help with the itching. One of my boys has mild skin allergies that cause him to scratch a lot at the oatmeal shampoo and conditioners seem to help a little with the itching. Most pet stores sell them at reasonable prices too. I wouldn't use a people oatmeal shampoo/conditioner simply b/c its not meant for dogs and you don't want to make the situation any worse. Good luck, I hope Fuji is feeling better soon.
ginafly ginafly 9 years
Firstly, in the future do NOT layer on the pesticides like that. Just pick one topical (most people say the vet-supplied ones are better, Advantage and Frontline) and stick with it. Do not use a topical, then a shampoo, then another topical. It's not safe for you or your dog to overdo it! You have to wait a few days for the dog to stop itching. Advantage may have killed the fleas, but sometimes it takes like a week for the bites to heal. One thing I have tried are topical skin soothing products. There is a nice one with a mild numbing agent that also has a bad taste so the dog won't lick it. There's also a line of snap open swabs that I have found effective on the bites. My dog scratches his bites really agressively sometimes. These products make the bites look much better after just one or two applications. In one extreme case (lots of inflamed, raw-looking bites), I took Maxwell (our dog) to the vet and the vet gave him an injection to stop his itching. That worked great but I hopefully will never need to do that again. We have started applying Frontline every three weeks and that seems to do the trick. We find it doesn't last as long as advertised. We try really hard to stay on top of it now because our doggy has sensitive skin and one flea can make him miserable! For the house, really just vacuuming and washing the dog's bedding is all we need to do. The Frontline will keep the fleas off the dog during flea season and effectively will remove their food source. We find that just regular vacuuming is fine for our house. We've never had a winter flea outbreak (he gets them from the outside, in the summer). But that's Massachusetts. In a warmer climate, i would have to do Frontline year round. But definitely think twice before treating your home with chemicals. Pesticides are pesticides! Not good for you!
PamiP PamiP 9 years
My mom lives in a sort of wooded area CRAWLING with fleas, and recently started her dog on comfortis. It's the only thing shes seen work an entire month and work FAST. I'm waiting til my puppy is a few weeks older and starting with it too. For some reason the topical stuff isn't doing the trick for any of us this summer . . . .
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