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Hi, my estranged father was recently sent to prison and rather than sending them to a shelter, I took in his dog and cat. The dog is an 11-12 year old longhaired miniature dachshund, and I just noticed his belly was COVERED in little black spots. I removed a couple of them and put them in water and sure enough, it turned reddish brown. I haven't seen any actual fleas on him, but the flea dirt is absolutely everywhere on him. There were also larger dark spots on his belly (I'll try to insert a pic) that at first I thought might be some sort of skin cancer, but when I gave him a bath in hopes of getting some of the flea dirt off, the larger spots just came off??!! I know my father loved this dog but I don't see how he let him get this bad, ugh. How should I go about treating him? Should I also treat his cat and my own dog and cats? Thanks.
 

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Here's the photo:

You can see some of the flea dirt along with the larger spots (this is on his belly). Not all of the spots came off after the bath, but parts of the larger ones did.
 

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Good for you to take those beautiful creatures in your home! Giving him flea meds like Nexgard and using flea shampoo would do the trick but I think you should take both your dog and cat to the vet for examination. And When will your father come back from there? I think they would be well treated by you than in shelter.
 

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If the poor dog had that much flea dirt on him then I can guarantee that he had fleas and that the cat will also have them.

Is your dog and cats, the ones that you had originally, on any type of flea preventative? If not do they have any signs of fleas? If they are then you shouldn't have to worry about the fleas on the new dog and cat. If they aren't, and you've not noticed any signs of fleas on them, then you could put them on a preventative for a month and then stop after that. The reason for putting them on it is that you don't want the fleas that were imported on the new dog and cat to start an infestation in your apartment and your having to fight that.

For the two new guys I'd go to the vet and ask for a capstar pill, that will kill the fleas that are on them for 24 hours, then I'd put them on a monthly flea preventative for at least a month.

Since you have a mixture of dogs and cats be VERY careful if you decide to use a topical, most of the ones for dogs are highly toxic to cats. If the cat grooms the topical off the dog it can get sick and possibly die. If you use one separate the dogs and cats and give the topical time to dry before letting the animals back together.

As for the larger dark spots on the dog's belly, it may be that the fleas had him biting himself to the point that he caused sores, or it might be something else. I'd take him to the vet and have it checked out just in case.
 

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It looks like both flea dirt and where the dog has been chewing itself so bad. I agree with going to the vet, and get looked over. I'm pretty sure with that many fleas, you also have tape worms so you will need some dewormer.

I don't use any chemical pesticides at all for flea control, so I can't really advise on that. I use wondercide on all of mine. But do go to the vet, for an overall check up.
 

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I would also start washing your clothing and bedding as well as getting flea medication (I would actually go to a vet to get some stronger medication if possible and you can afford it). My dog got fleas once and although it doesn't happen to everyone I got bitten by these fleas. It isn't all that fun. I got a spray that killed fleas and sprayed it on my rugs and carpets and furnature and mattress and in corners and crevices of the rooms my dog frequented. I also scrubbed her kennel.
 
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