Posted : 7/23/2010 12:25:47 PM
DON'T SHAVE -- a dog's coat does several things -- it keeps them COOL (and heat seems to be a major issue everywhere this summer). It ALSO keeps allergens OFF them. So you honestly could be setting the dog up for all kinds of problems if you shave them.
You don't want to get the whole flea cycle started and out of control -- if the dog has fleas on IT, then you've got eggs in your carpets. The other dog may simply not be as attractive, but once fleas start it's miserable.
You need to treat TWICE if you're using a fogger (and don't get cheap foggers -- they are WORTHLESS -- get something good that also kills **eggs**. But you need to kill 7 - 10 days apart in order to get the ones with the second set of foggers that got missed the first time.
In other words -- use two DIFFERENT types of foggers. You can actually sprinkle DE in your house on the carpet and then vacuum it up 10 days later (it's a dessicant - you have to give it time to kill the fleas by drying them out)
Fleas are simply always in search of two things -- a place to lay eggs (and they prefer a nice solid undisturbed surface like carpeting) AND they want a bloodfeast. So they may simply go after you rather than the other dog.
Now I know Comfortis "works" and I know a lot of folks use it. But not me -- simply because it's systemic. It's the systemic drugs (the ones that go in the bloodstream) that seem to be the big things blamed for stuff like auto-immune diseases. After the many thousands of dollars we spent to get Billy thru the IMHA no way am I ever using *anything* systemic.
Neither can you let them be flea-ridden - that causes it's own kind of problems. So, I've gone back to Advantage - I don't like it as well but it's working.
I tried Vectra this spring, but wasn't happy with it (apparently the fleas get 'drunk' before they die and get SUPER active after you put it on) --- but after Amanda's BAD experience with Vectra on Brutus and Shooter I am NOT using it any more for any reason.