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Fin keeps picking up fleas. He's on a topical treatment from the vet (Parastar) and I just treated him on Tuesday but he still keeps getting them. He's not infested, but he keeps picking up 2-3 a few times a day. I think he's picking them up on our walks (I live in an apt and can't control that environment). I treat the carpet and his bedding, the furniture, etc with Adams Flea and Tick and also diatomaceous earth. I have recently added a spray of ACV and water to my arsenal - but what else can I do?

(I plan to call the vet shortly to see if I can add a tablet to his regimen but I doubt it as he just had the topical applied. In addition, I will stop by the pet store on the way home today and get a carpet spray, etc because I'm kind of over this and really want to be rid of them.)

Additional info: he'll go about two weeks being fine, then they pop up again, this indicates to me that they are probably hatching somewhere - although when he does get them they aren't all small, they are varying sizes and life stages. Driving me insane.

Also, I'll be leaving in a week and a half and the dog sitter will be at the house, I'd like to have this dealt with before then.

Any and all thoughts and wisdom appreciated!!
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I don't have advice beyond what you're already doing, but I hope the situation is resolved soon!
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Do you have carpet? You should prbly treat the carpet, if you have any.

Also, if you can show proof of fleas in the apt complex, you shld show it to the manager and ask for them to treat the grounds. Fleas aren't just a nuissance; they can cause serious health issues to pets and ppl (ie., remind them of that).
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Yes I have carpet and yes it's being treated.
I've already done the apartment office thing - the good news on that front is that one of the office workers just moved on property and she has a dog - I bet there will be less issues now.

Talked to the vet's office - the lady was VERY helpful and said that they are seeing lots of dogs right now where the parastar isn't working and that I can come get capstar (which will kill anything on him but isn't long lasting) and then next week I can treat him with nexguard (a chewable) that they are having much more success with - so I have a plan, at least.

Tonight I'll be treating everything and giving him a bath (mostly to try to dilute the parastar on him bc next week i'll be adding the other one and I dont' want to poison him) - this weekend i'll use the capstar (I'll be home and better able to wait the allotted time then bathe him again) - and next week he'll get the nexguard

thanks!!!
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Is Parastar anything like Revolution? ASAIK, you need stuff like that or Advantix etc, which provide on going protection. I'm not nuts about it but both Fennie and I were having itch outbreaks. His were awful. Multiple visits to vet and no fleas seen but it HAD to have been an allergy reaction to flea dirt. One treatment of Revolution to all three cats and magically all the itchies disappeared within two weeks and we have not had issues again.
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Yes, parastar is a topical, month long flea preventative (like frontline, etc) - but apparently it's not working very well with fleas in our area this year.

The capstar will be a short term, only lasts 24 hours but will kill what is on him.

The nexguard that I'll move him to is also a month long flea preventative but it is in pill form (well, actually, it's a chew).
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Yes, parastar is a topical, month long flea preventative (like frontline, etc) - but apparently it's not working very well with fleas in our area this year.

The capstar will be a short term, only lasts 24 hours but will kill what is on him.

The nexguard that I'll move him to is also a month long flea preventative but it is in pill form (well, actually, it's a chew).
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Any reason you choose not to go w/ Frontline? (Curious for my own reasons)
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frontline stopped working for me a few years ago
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Move to Colorado! The elevation/climate is very flea unfriendly

(aren't I super helpful?)
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Well, Texas is bad, I know that, but usually only have to treat him about 3 months out of the year - this year we're already on month 4!! and it's MAY!!
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I went by the vet and settled on plan B, which is to use the capstar (kills what's in him and the studies I've read today say last for 48 hours with 95%+kill rate.)

He's got the other not working one on him now (parastar), I just didn't want to add another one to him (the nexguard) with my going out on town so soon afterward (reactions, side effects and also adding the additional pesticide only 9 days after the other one).

The capstar can be used daily if needed, I'm hoping that the parastar plus capstar plus spray and doing all the carpet etc will result in only having to use it every few days at the most. The dog sitter can give it to him if needed when I'm gone.

When I get back I'll start him on the new medication.

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I bet it is just a horrible flea year Perri. That coupled with the meds not workig for several pet owners... I had one horrific year with my cats, and they were/are strictly indoor. I had treated the house I was living in, was using a topical on them, and would find flea larvae on the inside of my screened window sills. It was a horror show but we were out numbered for a little while. It eventually died down and got under control.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I'm sure it'll all get under control eventually. Just yuck. I probably wouldn't be as concerned if I weren't leaving town. I don't want a pet sitter to have to deal with this, I would be grossed out if I went to dog sit and there were fleas!

Ps I got home and he has zero on him. Go figure

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Capstar was crap for us. What finally got rid of our horrendous flea infestation last year was trifexis for the dog and comfortis for the cat. Miracle drugs! You gotta break the flea cycle. If your seeing fleas there is a whole cycle already in your home. Eggs, larvae, etc...
Oh when we had the problem last year we also lived in a place with carpet. I coated the carpets with food grade diatamacious earth. Wear a mask when you sweep it in because it gets everywhere. But I left it 3 days before vacuuming and you need to use a bagged vacuum cleaner because the DE will clog the filters of vaccum cleaners. But it totally worked. Along with the comfortis and trifexis to keep the animals from getting reinfected.


Where we live now we just have tile but if either animal starts to scratch they get a dose right away. So far I only have to give it every 2-3 months since they are indoor animals. But I live in Florida and they thrive here.
I use the food grade DE,and will be doing a treatment this weekend. I actually found a place nearby that carries it in store, so I can get more and do a good treatment.


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I was so hesitant about guvung my animals the comfortis and trifexis because I try to stay as holistic as possible and really didn't like the thought of something internal. We had always had success with occasional frontline/advantage in the summer as needed and I did ivermectin for heartworm prevention and occasional praziquantal/pyrantyl for routine worming. Again florida so every 2-3 months for maintenance. But those fleas the last two summers were horrendous and the house with the carpet didn't help. So i did what I had to do. Plus my dog is deathly allergic to fleas and gets open sores. The trifexis cleared it all up
My parents use trifexis and get good results. I'm going to try Nexguard, they gave me a free one month supply - and if that doesn't work, I can change to either comfortis or trifexis for both the heartworms and the fleas.

My downstairs neighbor, who I walk dogs with a few times a day, she uses the nexguard and her dog hasn't picked any up yet this season.
Modified CG since Dec 2011
I'm sure it'll all get under control eventually. Just yuck. I probably wouldn't be as concerned if I weren't leaving town. I don't want a pet sitter to have to deal with this, I would be grossed out if I went to dog sit and there were fleas!

Ps I got home and he has zero on him. Go figure

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Originally Posted by PerriP
Haha. That's the way it works.

Understandable! you don't even want to be in your house when fleas move in I don't know what it is about some years. Fleas apparently have bumper crops and are somewhat indestructible at first. You will win! It just takes some time.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Trifexis works for my dog too. I'm in FL. I don't know that we had a flea problem so much as ticks but since I switched from topicals to Trifexis, we've had no problems.

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