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Flea Spray

Discussion in 'Personal' started by NellyFUF, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    Oh dear
    our pets have a few drops of something super toxic on their necks every few months. It is probably not good for them or for us, but it does stop that situation where your pets try to eat themselves alive and the other situation, where you put down a cup of tea on the floor and four fleas jump into it.......
    you have to get it from the vet though. Cheaper in the long run than all the household sprays and stuff that does not work.
  2. If your cat has fleas, you will most likely have been bitten yourself at some time. I always know when to treat our moggs as the fleas tend to give you a red raised small bite, usually in the morning if you sit on the sofa or somewhere where the cats also go.
    If this does not happen, then look to other causes of the problem.
  3. Nelly, she is flea-treated with Frontline monthly - but she has a flea allergy which means even if she's just been treated, going outside and getting bitten even once - even if the flea then dies - can make her flare up in scabs.
    Im pretty convinced our house has no fleas as like the poster above says surely Id have been bitten and/or seen one?
  4. inq


    We now use Advocate on our cats as vet said Frontline is no longer effective against fleas as they are immune to it. Advocate also does worms and ticks at the same time.

  5. Ah, thats interesting Ing - I was going to ask the vet about possible alternatives so I will mention it. Thanks :)
  6. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    yes we had a cat like that and also - a dog that went mad eating itself - we spent thousands on the dog - special vet from Liverpool and these awful toxic baths for some kind of obscure mite that it might have had - but in the end the expensive skin specialist vet suggested whatever they have and bingo, the dog was cured. That was after a year of wearing a big lampshade and chewing itself till it bled. The old cat was also allergic to fleas - she got it such a state we were too embarrassed to take her to the vet!
    But the pets are clear now and also we have few fleas in the house. Which I think is good.

  7. Sounds painful Nelly - poor little things :(
    Fortunately my Millie doesn't seem too bothered by it and in the most part tends to leave it alone, so it does not bleed etc, but it does need sorting. We got given antibiotics and steroids last time which got rid of it but it came straight back.
  8. Ok, I've got my Vet Nurse hat on now :)

    Fleas don't live on cats and dogs, they live in the house. The best place for fleas to live is in bedding (pets and ours) and around our skirting boards. They eggs are laid in the cracks between the floor and wall and can lie there dormant until a rise in temperature and/or vibrations from our footfalls. You might notice an increase in flea bites when the weather gets warm or you turn the radiators on.

    So, treating your pets for fleas is not the best way to get rid of them. The fleas hop on for a bite, and might die because of the frontline/advocate treatment, but those that are still in the egg stage aren't 'got' this way.
    You've done the right thing in spraying the room (make sure you get in those skirting boards) and i'd do it all again in a couple of weeks time. This, on top of your animal treatment, should sort you out :)
  9. Vampyria

    Vampyria New commenter

    Unlike others I've used before, I got a flea spray for the environment from the vets that only requires a few sprays in each room ( OK you have to close each door afterwards as per normal ) and it worked really well! Vacuuming very frequently also helps to keep them at bay and washing of bedding/areas the cat frequents.
    It's hard if your cat has flea allergy where even one bite can set it off ( none of mine are thankfully! ) and Stronghold is now one of the most effective for animal treatment. Last summer there were lots of fleas about.

  10. Paradoxicalgirly

    Paradoxicalgirly New commenter

    Rather than the sprays, we use the flea bombs you can get - we've found them more effective than the sprays.

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