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Old 08-05-2017, 04:04 AM
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First time fleas!!!

Hello, my dog is a 4 year old Manchester Terrier and he has fleas. He was biting/itching at his groin area when I flipped him over to see if he had hit spots. I saw the small bug scatter across his tummy. I combed him off with a fine tooth comb just to have him jump right back onto my dog before I could even think. I tried listening to some other internet advice but I am WRECKED with worry! I can't even sleep!

He has been on Frontline for the entire two years we have had him and have had zero issues with fleas until now. I called the vet and she said Frkntline is basically useless because fleas have built and immunity. So I go and get the Seresto Collar for small dogs per her suggestion and she tells me this should rid my dog of fleas within 6 hours. I also bought Sentry Pro furniture spray to kill them as well.

Now, I just spent the last 6 hours absolutely gutting my apartment. I vacuumed. Swiffered. Washed every piece of clothing in the hamper and from the floors, threw every single blanket and piece of doggie bedding from my dogs crate in the washer and dryer. I sprayed just about the entire apartment with this Sentry Pro stuff. Sprayed my dogs bedding with it and all around where he sleeps. I also gave him a bath with Dawn as I saw suggested somewhere else on here.

Cut to 11:00PM, he's had the collar on for 6 hours, I FINALLY sit down after cleaning all day, and what do I see crawling on my dog - A FLEA! I am so desperate and upset I could cry.

How long until they aren't crawling on him anymore!? Did what I do not work? Was it not enough? What should I do?

Was it a complete waste cleaning his bedding to just have him lay in there right now with flea(s) still on him????? Do I have to clean everything all over again tomorrow? Do I need to worry about them infesting me too?

I am so frustrated I could rip my hair out!
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:53 AM
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No, you're doing fine. Seeing a flea on him is to be expected for a little while. The treatment will kill the fleas when they try to feed on him, and will kill the eggs they lay on him. So give it some time.

For the next several days, you should vacuum thoroughly, particularly along the baseboards.

For what it's worth, we use SimpleGuard 3 for flea and tick control every month, and have had good results.
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