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Old 08-23-2018, 08:49 AM
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Fleas...how far to go with treatment

We found a few fleas on my dog last night, and I'm trying to figure out how far I need to go in cleaning and treating him. Here are the details....
- He's an 8-year-old beagle on Sentinel Spectrum and lemongrass flea repellant. I hadn't given him the lemongrass for a couple months, though...my fault, I know. He has never had fleas before.
- I volunteered at a new shelter two days ago, and I took him to meet one of the dogs yesterday. We were thinking about adopting another beagle. It's possible he got the fleas there? Or I brought them home with me?
- I found 2 fleas on his hindquarters last night, so we immediately gave him a bath with flea tick shampoo. I washed the bedsheets, vacuumed all the floors and sprayed PetArmor flea spray on couches, carpets, beds, his crate, etc.
- After the bath I found 4 more fleas, one was dead but the others were still alive.
- I put lemongrass between his shoulders after he dried from the bath.
- This morning, I combed him with a flea comb and found 4 more fleas, alive. Ugh. Only 5-6 specks of flea dirt.

I guess my question is...how do I know how long he's had fleas? If it's only been 1-2 days, how far do I need to go with cleaning and treatment?

Any help is appreciated, I've never dealt with this before! And I'm not sure how to tell how bad it is. Thanks!
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You need to get him flea free. If necessary, get help from your Vet.
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Laco is right, my vet suggested Bravecto with sentinel and it's been the right choice for us.
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It would be worth it to put him on at least one month flea preventative that you get from the vet. It will guarantee that any fleas that get on him die and will hopefully break the cycle sparing you from a battle with fleas. Once the month is up then it will be up to you if you want to go back to what you were doing, or continue with the preventative from the vet.
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Seresto collar sentinel spectrum does not kill adult fleas.
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My dogs never had a prob with fleas & I only use essential oils. Some of these chemical flea treatments are dangerous & if you google it you'll find lots of dogs having reactions to them. Some fatal, especially the ones dogs eat. I think you'll be fine doing what you usually do. You can tell if the fleas have been on there for a while or if you have an infestation by examining the dogs skin. Rub the fur the opposite way especially above the tail, my dog likes this. You'll see bites, heaps little red dots & a pinker area around them if there is. The other thing is my dogs coat is so healthy & shiny from natural products.
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I used advantage 2 when we had fleas. It only took one dose and 1 day. I'm not fond of chemicals but it was completely worth it.
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We have had pretty good luck with Frontline+. Samantha has had bad reactions to any of the oral meds we have tried.
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