Questions tagged [fleas]

Referring to jumping, blood-sucking, insect parasites known to infest the fur and hair of many pets.

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Would an indoor cat need flea treatments?

I don't have an indoor cat, but my friend has one, and I was wondering if it needs flea treatments. He doesn't give it any, and it seems to be okay, but would giving it a flea treatment(s) be good for ...
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Cats are avoiding the carpet

I am currently struggling with an infestation of fleas in my apartment, and my two (completely indoor) cats are on treatment to get rid of the bugs on them. I have utilized several methods of ridding ...
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Can a cat be a carrier of biting bugs?

I have a 9 year old Norwegian Forest Cat with a naturally thick coat. He is very happy and rarely scratches. He is brushed with a soft brush once a day. He has no antibug treatment. It is different ...
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Will fleas get back in my home if I wash them down the drain?

I have researched drowning fleas. There is a lot of good data at Can dish soap really be used to kill ticks and fleas? the summary there suggests if you wash fleas away in the yard, your pet well get ...
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How to deal with persistent fleas on a DLH cat

I have two pet cats, one DSH (domestic short hair) and one DLH (domestic long hair). As outdoor cats both get fleas often, but this recent spate is proving impossible to shift on the long haired one. ...
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Is cedar oil safe to de-flea 2-week-old kittens?

I did some research, but I'm a bit concerned about the methods recommended, namely diatomaceous earth and giving the kittens a bath. I believe the kittens are too young for a bath since they don't ...
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Using a dehumidifier to kill fleas

My cat has fleas and I tried using anything short of a bug bomb to get them off the cat and out of the house. However, all previous attempts have failed. Now I stumble on this idea that you can kill ...
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Fleas in washing machine water exhaust hose and fleas in pipes

[Edit with what actually worked] I found out that the fleas were in the slop sink. Once I scrubbed that daily, my issue was soon a thing of the past. The key for me was to scrub all areas thoroughly ...
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My dog and my cats have fleas, and I'm getting bites, is there an infestation?

Both my Border Collie dog and my 2 cats are getting fleas, we noticed from the immense itching. I also started getting many bug bites (I counted around 20 or more) like mosquito bites, but not like ...
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Cats/kittens with lumps under their skin

I have multiple cats ranging from 2 yrs old to 4 months old. They have all been treated for fleas and tape worms and are now flea free and on last worm treatment. My question is has anyone had cats ...
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Kitten very nervous and lack of energy

I got 2 female (same litter) kittens (7 weeks old) about 6 months ago. They were both healthy and showed no signs of problems. I also have 2 male cats (about 6 years old, both castrated and friendly ...
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How do dog daycares/hotels protect from pests?

Clearly, animal shelters inspect dogs before taking them in. I also imagine there being quarantine areas for newcomers. How do smaller for profit doggie hotels/day cares or grooming shops deal with ...
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Is there any research showing dangers to cats from dried Permethrin?

A sister site has a post Is Permethrin safe for cats after it dries? it has a well referenced answer saying that cats should be kept away from Permethrin before it dries. But there have been some ...
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Flea eggs or dander?

Are these white spots in my cats brushed fur flea eggs or dander?
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I think my cat is afraid of our carpet, how do I help her recover?

My cat is normally a very active pet, however for the past few days she will avoid carpet at all costs. For example, she will sit at our two kitchen stools and if we try to move her, she will quickly ...
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Does Revolution kill ticks?

We have been using Revolution on our house rabbits for years, and I always assumed it killed ticks as well. Recently someone told me it is not effective against ticks. I know it effective against a ...
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Should I use nutritional and or brewer's yeast for fleas and ticks on pets?

I've mixed nutritional yeast or brewer's yeast with my cat's dry food for 3 years and he is almost always completely free of fleas etc. When pet sitting my friends' dog, she had ticks and I ...
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Skin condition causing red spots and light hair loss

My 14 year old American Short Hair has three spots on her ears and now one on her forehead where there is light hair loss, and in the centre is a small red dot like blood congealed over an insect bite ...
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Does bleach kill flea eggs?

Context: I'm having an issue with fleas in the apartment. I have three adult cats, which I bathe every 6 weeks more or less. Back 3 months ago, they got fleas from the outside. I used Frontline Plus ...
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My dog is involved in scabies disease

My dog is always scabing on its skin. Little lice type insects are present on its hair . I use some insecticides but it can not effective will you tell me some other suggestion?
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Old cat flea allergy dermatitis.

When I scratch around my cats spine, he immediatly starts licking the air.As my vet said, this is obvious sign of a flea allergy. Advantix multi was the solution, as two days later, and for the entire ...
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Flea treatment toxicity when mixing flea treatment with shampoo?

I just bathed my dog with sergeants skip-flea & tick shampoo with 0.10% permethrin and 0.50% piperonyl butoxide, technical. My dad then proceeded to almost immediately after apply another flea ...
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How do I know my dog fleas are gone [duplicate]

I have noticed my dog has fleas I've noticed about 5-6 fleas running around her belly we have problems with cat in the yard so I put it down to this. I've used bob martin flea killer. And about to ...
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Liquid Dial dish soap for flea-soap(shampoo) usage

Looking for answer that is scientific in nature and not just an opinion. When using dial (on my cat) it helps kill the fleas, sometimes better than even cheap flea-shampoos do. But like those cheap ...
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How can I get rid of fleas without dangerous chemicals?

My cats, dog, and ferrets all have fleas! What is the best way to get rid of them without exposing my pets to dangerous chemicals? Since I have the different animals, it's important to me that if ...
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How to kill ticks on a Rabbit?

Having just learned that my rabbits flea treatment is not effective on most ticks I am wondering what options there are for killing and/or controlling ticks on my pet rabbit. I know there are several ...
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What kinds of fences/toppers would deter cats from yard without harming a toddler?

I have an issue where a neighborhood cat seems to like to use my yard (particularly the rose bush areas) as its personal litterbox. This wouldn't be a huge problem, except that the cat seems to track ...
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How accurate does the 30 day span when applying revolution flea treatment need to be?

We treat our house rabbits with Revolution flea and tick treatment the directions say to reapply every 30 days. Life happens and sometime exactly 30 days just does not work, If you use "monthly" ...
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Share Flea Treatment

6 application of the flea treatment was $97 for dog 40 - 88 lb. $99 for 6 applications for a dog 89 - 123 lbs. My dogs weigh 40 and 50 so I just bought the large dog and split the application. ...
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How can I be certain my dog's fleas are gone?

I had somewhat of a flea problem in my house within the last week. After I caught it I applied medication (Frontline and Paradyne) to the dog and cats, kept them separate, spread diatomaceous earth, ...
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How can I check whether a room contain fleas?

I wonder how I can check whether a room contains fleas. It doesn't contain pets anymore, and I don't have access to the pets to check whether they have fleas. E.g., for bed bugs, one way to detect ...
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A stray dog has fleas. Any way to help remove them?

There is a stray dog in my area and he has fleas. He scratches the area behind his ears, neck and lower back a lot and he has open wounds now in those areas. He also sometimes bleeds if he over ...
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Why shouldn't I use Lemon Dawn to wash a cat?

There is an answer on Biology.SE, indicating that lemon dawn can help control fleas but also should not be used on cats. What "adverse reactions" do Limonene and Linalool have on cats? How is this ...
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What are the pet health considerations for selamectin for treating parasites?

Selamectin is a topical flea and other parasite treatment for pets. Is there any evidence supporting health concerns in humans or pets with the use of selamectin for treating fleas? What dosage/...
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Is manual flea removal by bath and brush ok for 1 day old kittens?

This treatment video by a specialist claims manual removal, including washing, is suggested for "newborn" kittens. "Newborn" would seem to suggest "one day old is included" but I just wanted to double ...
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My pets are always indoors, do they still need treatment for fleas and ticks? [duplicate]

I have several cats that never go outside. Only time I take them outdoors is for vet visits. Is it still necessary for flea and tick treatment?
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How to interact with a cat that has fleas?

I'm returning home to my outdoor cats. The problem is that they were not given flea medication during this time. This is what I'll do as soon as I'm back and see them. Between the time it takes for ...
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How effective is flea and tick spot treatment on dogs with hair?

I have an Australian LabraDoodle (lab, poodle, cocker spaniel, english spaniel, water spaniel) with curly hair (as opposed to fur). It's my understanding that dogs with normal fur produce more oils ...
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Are complaints of Hartz product being dangerous a cause for concern?

I have read a lot of documentation and legal complaints including class actions against Hartz products, namely their anti-fleas and anti-ticks products which are believed to be potentially dangerous ...
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Can my rabbit get fleas from a cat or dog?

We don't treat our rabbits for fleas in the winter because we don't take them out in the winter. Sometimes in the winter we will take them to the pet store or other locations where cats and dogs are ...
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Does snow kill fleas?

Our rabbits live indoors, but during the nice months we take them camping and to other outdoor activities. To protect them we give Revolution Flea & Tick during the 6 months of outdoor weather. ...
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Serious flea problems with my dog [duplicate]

History of the problem I have a lot of problems getting rid of the fleas which torture my dog (A year and a half Yorkie :) ). First a brief history + info on what we have tried and what ware the ...
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Which is safer - topical or oral flea & tick control?

I have an Australian Labradoodle which has hair instead of fur. I have concern with the topical treatments, as I worry about exposure to others (my family; my wife has allergic reactions to a lot of ...
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What is an acceptable flea treatment for kittens?

What is the best way to get rid of fleas on a kitten that is too young to use store bought flea medicine?
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What are the pet health concerns with using Diatomaceous Earth as an insecticide?

A couple of answers (1 ,2) on flea treatments have suggested the user of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) for flea control. I have heard there are possible health concerns for my pet. Is there any evidence ...
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What are the health risks if my pet has fleas?

Effective flea control on mammalian pets in current society is mostly about applying toxic substances to the pet that will keep killing fleas (and other parasites) over a period of time. Reapply ...
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What are the pet health considerations in using fipronil for treating parasites?

Fipronil is a topical flea and other parasite treatment for pets. Is there any evidence supporting health concerns in humans or pets with the use of Fipronil for treating fleas? What dosage/...
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Correct use and efficiency of anti-ticks collars

As I mentioned in two questions (How to remove a tick on a dog? and What are the effects of ticks on dogs?), my dog got a few ticks recently and I decided to act. The dog had a topical combined ...
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Can diatomaceous earth be used for flea control on shaved or hairless dogs?

My understanding of how diatomaceous earth (DE) works is that it's rubbed into the dog's coat. As fleas move through the coat, they come in contact with particles of DE, which pierces their carapaces, ...