Sunday, November 15, 2009

Invasion of the Fleas

Has anyone else had a horrific time with fleas this season? Apparently this flea problem has been going on around the country for the last two years, but I have been fortunate to avoid it until now.

I have a dog who seemingly repels fleas. His "brother", a cocker spaniel attracted them like a magnet, but he (the lab-greyhound mix) rarely has any.

The last few weeks I've noticed him scratching a lot but didn't really pay much attention. He has minor skin allergies and I thought maybe he'd been laying in the grass. As time went on the itching did not subside so I thought it was time to take a closer look.

Lo and behold, the dog has fleas! He's been on Vectra for the entire season and I was shocked to see it wasn't working. I spoke to my vet who confirmed my suspicions: The fleas seem to have built up a tolerance to the medications currently on the market. There is another product my vet suggested called Comfortis that I'm going to try as soon as they get it in stock. I'll let you know if it works.
In the meantime, I sit down every day with my poor itching dog and comb him with a flea comb and jam the fleas I catch into a glob of vaseline on a tissue. Pretty labor intensive, but at least my dog is enjoying the attention!


Patricia Wood said...

Poor little dog! And poor you!! You're the one caught with all the work! lol!! Good luck, hope that new med works!

UberArt said...

I'm still waiting for the vet to get their shipment of's been almost 2 weeks now.

This happened once before with another medication I was waiting on. They put me on a call list and then never called me when it came in.

I'd love to find a new vet (there are other issues too) but my dog's old and I'm not sure he'll adjust well to someone new.

Kiley said...

We use Comfortis on Penny and it seems to work well, we had the same problem over the summer.
Unfortunately we didn't switch until the end of the summer, she's been flea free all fall, but I would love to know if it works for you.

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