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I think my dog has had fleas for a while before I noticed!

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I think my dog has had fleas for a while before I noticed! Prior to this he has stayed with various family members! What do I need to do/tell them? I feel terrible about this situation!!!
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  knstrand replied 3 years ago.

knstrand :

Hello, my name is Dr. Farwell. Sorry to hear about your predicament with Skip.

knstrand :

At least it's a very fixable one;)

knstrand :

First, make sure to get Skip onto some sort of monthly flea prevention such as Advantage or Frontline.

knstrand :

Does he have live fleas on him now?

knstrand :

As for your family members, I would let them know. Have them check their pets and ask if they are getting bitten inside their homes.

knstrand :

Once all the affected pets are on monthly preventative, home treatments are recommended.

knstrand :

If infestations are mild, your family will probably be able to get away with simple areal treatments. There is a powder labeled Flea Busters which basically dehydrates the fleas. It's applied to carpets, couches, etc..... allowed to sit, then vacuumed up.

knstrand :

Also washing any and all bedding (dogs/human) and throw rugs helps. Obviously a home with hard wood is more easily managed with fleas.

knstrand :

Some heavy flea infestations require bombings done by a professional exterminator service, however if your dog only visited your family members it may not be that severe.

knstrand :

Whatever method is chosen should be done once and repeated in 2 weeks, this gets the juvenille fleas before they are able to produce more eggs.

knstrand :

Hopefully this helps. Please feel free to respond with any further questions.

Expert:  knstrand replied 3 years ago.
Just wanted to see how things are going with Skip and see if you received my response to your question?