10-11-2012, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Seconding Marbear's suggestion.
The other thing about using a monthly topical flea preventive from the vet is that it will keep killing the fleas for a month after you apply it.
If you do opt for just a bath, and you really do have a bad flea infestation then your going to first get rid of the fleas in your house~
Put the dogs outside.
Buy a flea powder to treat the carpet, furniture, and dogs bed, and use it according to the directions.
Cut up a flea collar, put it in the vacuum's bag or canister, vacuum all the floors, and furniture. Make sure to get all cracks and crevices.
Wash the dogs beds (if possible) and blankets, if the they sleep with you wash your bedding and vacuum your mattress.
Bring the dogs in one at a time and wash them with a flea and tick dog shampoo, keep them inside for the next step.
Treat your yard for fleas.
Repeat everything once a week for 3 or 4 weeks to make sure you kill any hatching fleas.
If your dogs are outdoor only then you can skip the house cleaning steps and go straight to washing the dogs, and treating the yard.
The thing about fleas is if the dogs are heavily infested then the environment will also be infested. If you only treat the dog and do nothing to get rid of the fleas in the environment the dog will be reinfested within 2 to 3 days. I've seen it happen with my own dogs.