From: Cheri Campbell <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, August 1,[masked]:35 AM
Subject: Re: [dachshund-427] Public Service Announcement: Got Fleas?
Scratch scratch...you're welcome!
It's just something you don't expect, and all the sudden BAM! They're
hard to find and I keep grabbing dogs and searching their fur....I
know they're clear--they've all been bathed and treated--but you get
paranoid! Scratch Scratch! ;)
Thanks for sharing....I don't feel so alone....
On 8/1/12, Vicki Linden <[address removed]> wrote:
> You're not alone, Cheri! We found out Abby had fleas in May, the day before
> we were leaving on vacation! So instead of spending our time packing and
> getting ready for our trip, we spent it doing just about everything on your
> list. I vacuumed everything possible and did laundry until after midnight,
> it was a horrible day! The strange thing is we had no idea, we never saw a
> flea and wouldn't have known had we not taken Abby to the groomer that day.
> The vet's office told me there are more than the usual amount of fleas this
> year because we had such a mild winter. Like you said they can be dropped
> off into our yards by a passing squirrel. Our dogs can pick them up in
> someone else's yard while we're walking them. Just talking about them makes
> me itch! (scratch, scratch)
> Frontline Plus has become our new best friend, I'll never go another
> spring/summer/fall without it! (I also had to get the "cat" version :-)
> Neither animal has had any negative reaction to it & I highly recommend it,
> but it is really expensive. When I need refills I'm going to shop around for
> generics that you mentioned. Thanks for all the info!
> Vicki L
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Cheri Campbell
> To: [address removed]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 31,[masked]:15 PM
> Subject: [dachshund-427] Public Service Announcement: Got Fleas?
> No...not the "f" word!!! The 4 letter word all pet owners dread hearing!
> FLEA!!!! Such a tiny little thing, but everyone dreads them! Everyone says,
> "Not me, my dogs would NEVER get fleas....only other people's dogs get
> fleas!" That's what I thought, too.....
> But....I have something to admit....My name is Cheri, and my dogs have
> According to Doc Walter, it is officially flea season. They just started
> popping up everywhere last week. They lie dormant for months and wait for
> just the right weather and POOF! Instant fleas! They like warm, wet
> weather for hatching--as long as larvae have sufficient humidity to hatch
> (50% at least), they will. I've always heard that the fleas themselves don't
> like water. But I guess the larvae do.
> Doc was surprised with all the dry weather that flea season started, but I
> got a little rain last week. I know not everyone in Omaha did, but lucky
> me.... Now I have fleas!!! (Scratch scratch)
> But, I've NEVER EVER had a problem with fleas!!! Where did they come
> from??? They can be brought into your yard by rabbits, squirrels and other
> critters. And once they hatch, they jump onto your critters and guess what?
> You have fleas! (scratch scratch)
> So then you begin the process:
> Step 1: Bathe all 5 dogs in Dawn dish soap (Dawn kills fleas. Something
> about it's degreaser that gets in there and coats and kills the fleas. Work
> up a good lather and make sure to finish by dunking the whole dog under
> water. Yes they hate it, but it doesn't allow the fleas any place to run
> and hide and survive. They will all drown.)
> Step 2: Apply Frontline or other similar product to all 5 dogs.
> Step3: Remove all blankets and covers from couches and chairs, pick up
> washable rugs.
> Step 4: Remove all bedding from all 5 dog kennels.
> Step 5: Remove bedding from MY bed!
> Step 6: Keep washer and dryer working overtime washing all this bedding,
> towels, rugs and laundry!!!! For best results, use hot (at least warm
> water) and a hot setting on the dryer to kill any surviving fleas.
> Step 7: Vacuum. And Vacuum again. And move furniture and vacuum again.
> And remove couch cushions and vacuum. And vacuum..... (PS If your vacuum
> has a bag, throw away the bag or the fleas are living and breeding in your
> vacuum cleaner! If it's bagless, wash out the canister when done. Don't
> empty the canister in the inside trash--take it outside, but don't empty in
> the yard either!!!!)
> Step 8 (optional but useful): Treat yard with pet safe product.
> Plan B:
> You could stop at the store today and pick up some frontline, treat your
> dogs and you wouldn't have to spend days washing, bathing, treating,
> vacuuming, and most of all ITCHING!
> I don't like to use chemicals on the dogs if I don't have to, so since I
> have never had any flea issues (a few fosters came with fleas, but I treated
> them and quickly rid them of their problem) I generally don't pre-treat. In
> hindsight, however...I'm thinking maybe I should reconsider that choice for
> the future.
> If you choose to pretreat, PLEASE remember my previous warnings about
> Hartz products. They are one of the cheapest on the market, but they can be
> very dangerous, too. I have seen the scars on several dachshunds to prove
> it. You can also ask your vet about Hartz products...most vets don't have
> anything favorable to say about them. There are many other, safer choices
> out there on the market.
> Choose a product such as Frontline that has had fewer negative reactions.
> It's most important ingredient is fipronil. There are several new brands out
> on the market that are the generic version of this and cost WAY less, such
> as Sergeant's brand Pronyl OTC and Fiprogaurd. There's also a version (not
> sure the manufacturer) called Pet Armor. They are all much more economically
> priced, and have the same active ingredients as Frontline. (Frontline was
> $70 a pack last time I checked, whereas Pet Armor is like $30 for a 3 month
> You should be able to find these products at PetCo and PetSmart and even
> at Walmart. Make sure to read the ingredients, though and buy the brand that
> has fipronil as it's main active ingredient.
> Always read the label for instructions before applying anything to your
> pet, and follow them completely! Make sure you get the box for the correct
> weight of your dog, and never split a tube between more than one animal.
> And don't double up products (like use a flea shampoo and also treat with
> Frontline) as it can more or less overdose your dog on the chemicals and
> make your dog sick.
> Watch your dog for any adverse reactions, skin redness and irritation,
> lethargic behavior, vomiting, etc. Anything out of the ordinary call your
> vet. Better safe than sorry.
> There are natural products and home remedies out there, too. If you use
> some that work great, please share with us. I'm sure many ppl would
> appreciate knowing! I know Olivia uses garlic/yeast pills and swears by
> If you have any questions, (scratch scratch) please let me know and I'll
> do my best to help. (scratch scratch) I don't want anyone to have to go
> through the weekend that I just (scratch scratch) went through....
> My name is Cheri....and I HAD fleas....(scratch scratch)
> Hopefully you don't! Good Luck out there!
> Have a good one! I need to throw more laundry in the dryer and vacuum
> ~Cheri the Flea slayer, Dusty Flea Powder, Daisy Mae FleaBiter, Murphy
> McFlea, Riley Itchybottoms, and my Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie, bit the
> fleas and made them die!!!!
> Daisy thinks if she hides in the blankies, and puts up her radar ears,
> she'll be safe....
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