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Please please help! If I don't get rid of these fleas soon the dog will have to go :(

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iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 12:51:50

I can't stand it any longer. I'm being bittern to death by tbe bloody things. I've treated the dog over and over again. We've sprayed, used powder, use room foggers, had the council spray and I'm constantly hoovering but then I get more bites! It's get me really down.

Please does anyone have any idea what I can do?

misdee Thu 13-Oct-11 12:52:25

what treatments are you using?

do you have any other pets in the house?

Samvet Thu 13-Oct-11 12:53:46

Need to know what treatment you have used and total pets in house.

iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 12:55:15

We don't have any other pets in the house though we have guinea pigs in tbe garage.

I used the johnsones tablets on tbe dog, I've taken her to the vets twice think it was frontline they used, and she is wearing a flea collar

DooinMeCleanin Thu 13-Oct-11 12:57:16

Have you been to the vets? Over the counter stuff is crap. I don't know about the council stuff. The only thing I have found to work is the stuff the vets sell that you need prescriptions for. It must be the one you need prescriptions for. The other stuff they sell is equally crap.

Treat dogs.
Boil wash anything and everthing you can including soft toys, towels etc. Your curtains if they can be washed, cushions inc. stuffing.
Pay particular attention to nooks and crannies and the edges of rooms when hoovering.
Make sure you hoover the sofa/matresses.

The nasty little buggers spend more time in the house than they do on the dog, so getting rid of the dog is unlikely to help, now you have them, they're there till you kill them. I'm using advocate atm. Frontline seems to be loosing effectiveness due to over use.

iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 12:57:21

The foggers and flea poweder were johnsones too

iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 12:58:57

I'm going to take her back to the vet at the weekend.

Ive been constantly washing, hoovering and cleaning. Do you think if I keep up with that I'll get rid of them eventually?

DooinMeCleanin Thu 13-Oct-11 12:59:35

x posts.

Johnsons 4 fleass tablets = uselss
Flea collar = useless
Frontline = house spray is okay, Advocate is better. Flea drops = useless, particularly if it's the one you don't need a prescription for.

If it's Bob Martin flea collar please remove immediately, it won't kill the fleas, but has been known to cause severe medical reactions in some dogs. They should be banned.

misdee Thu 13-Oct-11 12:59:48,_Ticks,_Lice_and_Mites-Effipro_Dog/c0_119_13_120_2284/category.html we have used this one

and i think it was this spray when we had a flea issue with cats,_Ticks,_Lice_and_Mites-Indorex/c0_119_13_120_415/category.html

DogsBeastFiend Thu 13-Oct-11 13:00:04


1. What have you been using, both on your dog and on the house?

2. What did the council have to say/what's their policy and/or recommendation wrt re-infestation? Have you called them to follow this up and take more advice?

3. Have you any cats?

4. Are you spraying around the skirting boards, under radiators, upon mattresses, in crevices and corners and on any soft furnishings which can't be washed?

5. Have you washed all dog/pet bedding on as hot a cycle as possible and have you washed all curtains, cushions, sofa covers, throws etc similarly?

6. Do you dispose of vacuum bags in a sealed bag and into the main bin each time you hoover/disinfect the waste collector of bagless vacs each time you use it, whichever is appropriate to your hoover?

Have I asked enough questions for now? grin

faverolles Thu 13-Oct-11 13:01:02

Johnsons stuff isn't very effective.
Ask your vet if they have frontline spray and drench the dog and treat the house again.
(when it comes to a big infestation, we've found the frontline drippers don't work - once the fleas have gone, the drippers work well as a deterrent)

MrsChemist Thu 13-Oct-11 13:03:05

They most likely don't breed on the dog, but in the furniture and stuff. I can sympathise, I'm suffering at the moment. I've just bought some indorex and am waiting for it to arrive. I've used it before and it's good stuff.

misdee Thu 13-Oct-11 13:05:16

or it may have been this one.,_Ticks,_Lice_and_Mites-Acclaim/c0_119_13_120_55/category.html

this time of year is awful for fleasa as the hneating comes on.

remember this too will pass

iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 13:05:50

We've no cats

I have sprayed skirting boards and cracks etc, hoovered mattresses though didn't spray them, washed all throws, dog bedding, toys etc. Haven't done the curtains but will do.

I do empty the Hoover after every use but haven't disinfected it so will fo that too

Just phoned council again and they are going to come back out in the morning.

iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 13:06:40

Thanks Misdee

flowery Thu 13-Oct-11 13:08:25

Yes over counter stuff useless, we got stuff prescribed by the vets that did the trick straightaway.

paddypoopants Thu 13-Oct-11 13:10:20

I got Indorex spray from the vet which you use to treat the house once a year. We were using it to kill dustmites as we have a cat allergic to dustmites but it is actually for fleas.

Crazyzoo Thu 13-Oct-11 13:10:33

I feel your pain! Sadly supermarket and over the counter products are less effective than the preparations you can get with a veterinary prescription. Also fleas have a 24day + life cycle so even though you are treating the adult fleas on your pet - you still have a couple of generations waiting to hatch in the forms of eggs/pupae/larva in your carpets and soft furnishings. Your best bet is to visit your vet; get a good flea treatment with growht regulators and purchase a veterinary household spray. Follow their advice to the letter and you should get on top of the problem fairly quickly though you should expect some new fleas hatching over the next couple of months. Good Luck..!

RCToday Thu 13-Oct-11 13:15:36

Indorex worked for me after trying everything else

Good luck

DogsBeastFiend Thu 13-Oct-11 13:27:12

Indorex was one of the things I was going to suggest. I swear by it, as do many other dog and cat owners I know. The other thing is to obtain a vets prescription for a product which kills flea larvae and not just adult fleas.

Do spray curtains and mattresses if you can't wash them (curtains I mean, I know you can't fit a mattress into a washing machine, honest!). grin Fleas will transfer anywhere they can and especially if pets are close to brushing past distance from curtains.

Think you're doing the best thing you can, calling the council back in. I must say though, getting rid of the poor dog will NOT get rid of the fleas.

iMemoo Thu 13-Oct-11 13:45:16

I'm not really going to get rid of the dog, I kind of love her really smile

Right, going to get some indorex this afternoon. Will also take down tbe curtains, luckily it's blinds in most rooms. I have just emptied dd's toy box of all soft toys and put them in the washer, can't believe I didn't think of the soft toys!! Ewwww!

flowery Thu 13-Oct-11 14:12:57

I think it was Indorex we used as well.

DogsBeastFiend Thu 13-Oct-11 14:16:15

I gathered that. smile

Should have put a grin after my last remark, sorry!

CoralRose Thu 13-Oct-11 14:19:44

Another vote for Indorex.

We had this problem not so long ago - I feel your pain. We tried everything, eventually we found Indorex, and Stronghold to treat the cat and we are flea free! We treated the carpets weeks ago and I still see upturned woodlice and other bugs grin

Samvet Thu 13-Oct-11 14:19:58

You have found out the hard way that supermarket stuff doesn't work. Flea collars do not work. Accept the cost and monthly frontline plus or equivalent. Tale flea collar off and put in bin before applying frontline. You need to treat house with indorex but also the dogs.

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