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Flea progress

October 16th, 2017 at 03:28 am

Another Reader may be right about the Frontline not working. I'm into Day 5 since applying the Frontline and it seems less than effective. I continue to comb Luther daily at least twice a day, and I would estimate the amount of dead fleas I'm combing off is only about 30%. I suppose some dead fleas would just fall off by themselves so what I comb out is what happens to be left, but there are still plenty of live ones biting him.

I wanted to at least give the Frontline a chance, since I'd bought the stuff.

I don't really feel I'm getting the upper hand on the fleas. I only get anywheres from 2 to 8 fleas off each time I comb, but that's becus Luther only tolerates so much combing, and I know the fleas crawl to parts of him I can't access.

Time for the next step. I ordered food-grade diatamaceous earth on Amazon and will get it tomorrow. Since it's not a chemical, it won't be toxic to Luther even if he licked some of it and also since it's not a chemical, fleas can't develop an immunity to it.

So I'm going to sprinkled the diatamacous earth in the carpets and where I see him sleeping, though he changes locations a lot (especially now due to the biting).

If that doesn't work, then I will go to the vet and see if he recommends a different medication though I'm hoping to take care of the problem with the DE.

5 Responses to “Flea progress”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    We switched to a chewable pill called Comfortis. You can buy it online at any pet medical supply pace, without a prescription. It works wonderfully, and although I remember the sticker price being high up front, one box has lasted more than a year.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    So hope you find a solution for both you and your pet.

  3. AnotherReader Says:

    Comfortis is for dogs. Per my vets, the cat version is Cheristin. Used it once, worked well. Some problems with toxicity have been reported, however.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Someone posted this for fleas...maybe someone else in SA land can say whether it works, but it looks mostly natural:

    8 oz apple cider vinegar
    4 oz warm water
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda

    Mix dry ingredients first then slowly add to wet as the vinegar and baking soda will react slightly. Put into spray bottle and spray pets down. Be careful not to get in pets eyes.

  5. Amber Says:

    Poor Luther, I hope the diatamaceous works

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