Fleas moved into my house this year and since one of my dogs has a flea allergy, my dogs were not happy campers. Actually, I wasn’t too crazy about the idea either. Once fleas get into your house, you now have double trouble. Fleas only spend about 20% of their time on your dog, the rest of time they are in your carpet. You not only have to treat your dog but you have to treat the house as well. Or figure out some other option that will kill the fleas on your dog and stop any newly hatched fleas from reproducing. If you don’t, you will have one continuous flea infestation in your house.
Fleas are a huge allergen for dogs. When a flea bites a dog, it injects saliva into the dog. If the dog happens to be allergic to that saliva, the inevitable will happen. The dog will scratch and bite to the point of destruction. This is called flea allergy dermatitis. So it is imperative that you get control of the infestation quickly. They multiply quickly and the infestation will progress rapidly. It is a good idea to vacuum daily to remove as many fleas as possible. Remember to empty the vacuum bag outside in another bag and tie it shut so the fleas are contained and out of your house.
There are numerous options available for your house such as a professional pest control company, flea bombs, boric acid, borax or diatomaceous earth (food grade only). I’m not a big fan of the latter three because I don’t feel that you can vacuum it completely out of your carpet. And I worry about my dogs inhaling the powder every time someone walks across the carpet and kicks up dust.
With a professional, you have the option to call him back for 30-90 days so be sure to ask the company about their policy. With bombs, you will still have eggs hatching. The downside of both of those options is you will have to remove all your animals from your house for a minimum of 4 hours every time.
There are numerous topical and oral flea products available to use on your dog. I am going to through my two cents in here….. If you are going to use an oral flea product, please research the side effects well, before you administer it to your dog.
My protocol to eradicate the fleas I had was to dump the new flea and tick topical I was using, return to my old flea only topical that I knew worked. Since the fleas were already in my house, I added an oral growth inhibitor that can be given in conjunction with a topical. And I gave each dog a capstar every other day or so for the first 2 weeks, to be sure all the adult fleas were dead and off my dogs. Worked like a charm!