01-12-2009, 10:18 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Nashville, TN
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I have a couple of questions, does she still have fleas? Is she postitive that it is fleas she's having problems with? Also, if you don't mind asking, where does she live?(ie cold in winter warn in summer type of place or say like a tropical area) Your sister has done an awful lot to get rid of them. The yard, the pets, the house and she still has them? The scratching and hair loss sounds like flea dermatitis, but could also be related to either the flea medications that she is using on them as well as the yard treatments. Or something completely unrealated.
She might want to consider along with the monthly flea treatments and benedryl or other steroid that the vet prescribes to have her but the dogs and cats on a salmon oil supplement to help with the skin/coat issues. Also here is another thought, the vet checked for mange, but did he check for a skin infection?
She could also use either powdered boric acid (borax) and baking soda or plain old table salt to kill the littler buggers. They both are very old school, and safe around pets and kids. She would sprinkle the salt or boric acid and soda on the carpet, furnicture, pets bedding, rugs, and placed like that ans let it sit over night. Vacuum up the next day. This kills both the fleas and the eggs by drying them out. If she has a really bad infestation she may need to do the treatment more then once.
Also, it maybe diet related or another issue entirely. If the vet is giving her medications and treating for flea related problems and it is not working, then it may not be flea related.
Anyway, I hope this gives her a little help. Please keep us posted on how her pets are doing.