Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Fleas.. PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Laurenmc86, Oct 7, 2019.


  1. Laurenmc86

    Laurenmc86 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    so I have a little jack russell who for the first time has fleas. We’ve torn the house apart cleaning bed sheets, hoovering the floors daily and all the rest. We’ve used the vet prescribed flea killer and the household spray. Yet I’m still being bitten daily, I can’t see any fleas in my room or on me but In the middle of the night I’m waking up scratching vigorously. I know they’re flea bites because they itch at first and then little red bumps appear in groups of two or three.

    Does this mean they’re living in my skin? Why can’t we get rid of them? I’m driving myself crazy here. Please help
     
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2016
    Messages:
    8,840
    Likes Received:
    18,800
    They won't be living in your skin but the spray doesn't kill fleas in the pupae stage of development so you have to keep going until they have gone through each stage of the life cycle. Tagging @tabelmabel who writes great advice on fleas.
     
    #2 JoanneF, Oct 7, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2019
    Calvine and kimthecat like this.
  3. catz4m8z

    catz4m8z PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Messages:
    21,820
    Likes Received:
    8,024
    Also check for bed bugs....might not be fleas at all!
     
    Calvine and margy like this.
  4. Laurenmc86

    Laurenmc86 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I really don’t think it’s bed bugs. We’ve only started to get the bites since we noticed the fleas on our dog!
     
  5. LESLEY P STANDEN

    LESLEY P STANDEN PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2019
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    You sure you don't have ticks?
     
  6. Laurenmc86

    Laurenmc86 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    How will I know the difference?
     
  7. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2016
    Messages:
    8,840
    Likes Received:
    18,800
    Ticks look completely different - if you Google search and pull up images, you will see they are much larger and a different colour. They also tend to stay at the contact point and not move on leaving little bites behind.
     
  8. Laurenmc86

    Laurenmc86 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Okay so I just did a search and they’re definitely fleas. They’re black and very very small. I saw one on the dog today and tried to look for more and couldn’t find any. It’s like we think they’re gone and then we see one more
     
  9. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2016
    Messages:
    8,840
    Likes Received:
    18,800
    Tabelmabel either hasn't been around or missed that I tagged her. This is a reply she wrote to someone else that you should find helpful.

    Advice on fleas
     
    Calvine likes this.
  10. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2013
    Messages:
    5,239
    Likes Received:
    9,462
    Sorry @JoanneF only just back from me hols so didnt see the tag!
     
    JoanneF likes this.
  11. Dogluver57

    Dogluver57 PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2020
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    3
    You may have to put your dog on Advantage. Be careful with nextguard, its a rather new flea medication and has shown side effects in some breeds. Or you try citronella. Or limit your dogs ground coverage and spray your grass with a pet friendly spray
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice