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« on: September 09, 2007, 09:46:13 AM »

My vet told me that fleas broke out tremendously in the area around the first week in August.  Let's tell what pets we have, give our flea status, tell what preventives/food supplements we use or don't use, & location. 

We should have a hard frost in a couple of weeks, and I hope to make it through without resorting to treatments.  Flea/tick season here is May/June - September or last hard frost till first hard frost.

1. 2 puppies, 1 cat
2. No fleas yet
3. Dogs: In June, Frontline Puppy.  In early July, natural spray during vacation, nothing since.
     Cat: Nothing since fall of 2006 - indoor cat 99.9% of time.
     No flea preventive food supplements in their homecooked food.  (Am open to suggestions...)
4. northeast U.S. 

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 11:02:37 AM »

I'm in the midwest near Chicago.

I use Revolution March through December or January depending on how cold it is. 

No fleas  Grin

One indoor cat who has had fleas twice.  We've brought them in from outside so we treat the cat and the yard.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2007, 05:04:38 AM »

Two dogs & three cats.
Southeast USA

No Fleas or ticks

Dogs swim during the summer almost every day.  When they are finished, I spray them with a mixture of apple cider vinegar & water.   I walk them on the sidewalk & stay off of grassy areas.

Cats are indoor only. 

I do not use garlic or brewers yeast caps.


If I were to have a problem, I probably would use Frontline until it was controled.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2007, 12:12:16 AM »

Portland, Oregon
Two cats who live indoors but have SUPERVISED access to the backyard as well as an outdoor enclosore.
Cats had no fleas until June.  Tried to control the flea situation with natural flea spray and daily flea combing.  By end of June, I knew it was a losing battle so I caved in and got them Advantage.  I resited as long as I could - I hate giving them chemicals.
After 1 application, cats still have no fleas even though it has been 2 months.
I give the cats a sprinkling of brewer's yeast once or twice a week as "bribe food" for the raw diet. Maybe this has helped.
Oh - I fogged the garage also in June.   
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2007, 07:44:34 AM »

Three cats, Hong Kong.

Cats indoor only, no fleas. I don't use anything. Stefie and Mitzie had fleas as kittens when I just got them, so they've been getting daily baths and combing for first two weeks since I didn;t want to give them any chemicals since they were so tiny and undernourished. Never had a flea problem since. Sophie had some flea treatment/dewormer before she came, import regulations.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007, 08:09:04 PM »

I have used ordinary table salt. Sprinkle it into my carpets and all along the baseboards. Wash all sofa covers, etc. After about 4-5 days vacuum all carpets, thrown out vacuum bag, then wait couple days and sprinkle more into carpets. Salt suffocates the fleas and adults as well as larvae all die. No harsh chemicals or sprays needed. Found this remedy  on net when searching for a natural flea killer. Last time I treated carpets was over 2 yrs ago and have not had any fleas at all.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2007, 08:22:47 PM »

No fleas now, but our dog is on the Frontline. I think that is the last time for Frontline because it made him sick.
Or maybe I can do a dose meant for a Chihuahua sized dog. That should be enough to keep the fleas at bay.
My dog is 35 lbs and we gave him the 22lbs-44lbs size. I should have given him less of the vile probably.
We stopped going to the bacteria park dog park so hopefully he will be less apt to get fleas too.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 06:13:15 AM »

1. 1 indoor/outdoor cat
2. No fleas - never had them
3. No protection ever used
4. Virginia, USA

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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2007, 12:36:59 PM »

That's amazing, Eartha.  I would have thought VA would have a flea threat for most of the year.  What kind of soil/grass do you have around your house?  I'm actually wishing for a couple of hard frosts to get rid of insects here.  So far, we're still flea-free.  Saying "flea-free" three times fast is a real tongue twister! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2007, 02:47:51 PM »

lol, flea free, flea flee, flee flee....sure is hard to say!

We have a clay soil that is found through much of the area and all sorts of grasses.  We seed fescues, but blue grasses, zoisia and others are in the yard and all around. My first cat had a bunch of fleas one time in the early 90s.  We treated her with combing and sprayed her and her favorite room in the house (which was hopping with fleas) with spray. The fleas totally disappeared in about three weeks and never came back. The dog I had at the same time never showed any signs of having fleas.  I don't know of any of my friends having problems with fleas with their pets but most of them use collars or have indoor cats.  In light of the lack of a problem, I skip flea prevention and only get the heartworm vaccination every few years.

Ticks are a HUGE problem around here and I have to pull them off the pets on a practically daily basis.  My dog did have both Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (at the same time), but never fleas.  The current cat obviously doesn't have fleas either.
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2007, 03:06:59 PM »

No fleas
Dogs of course go in and out.... use Sentinel once a month for Fleas, Worms and Heartworms
Cats - indoor only now that I'm in MN - no protection...the dogs have kept them away :-) plus
I haven't noticed any fleas in the yard either - I did spray the yard with Triazizide (spelling - lowes or home depot) beginning of spring.
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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2007, 07:56:31 AM »

NATURAL WAY TO TAKE CARE OF FLEAS IN HOUSE, BEDDING, LAWN, & ON PET

"Flea Control the Natural Way" (adapted from Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Healthfor Dogs and Cats, 2ed, 1995)

by Dr. Jackie Obando, DVM of MercyVet, Puget Sound area

http://www.mercyvet.com/flea2.htm
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2007, 05:50:10 PM »

NATURAL WAY TO TAKE CARE OF FLEAS IN HOUSE, BEDDING, LAWN, & ON PET

"Flea Control the Natural Way" (adapted from Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Healthfor Dogs and Cats, 2ed, 1995)

by Dr. Jackie Obando, DVM of MercyVet, Puget Sound area

http://www.mercyvet.com/flea2.htm
Thx for the link. I printed the page as I always knew there were more natural ways to eliminate fleas from inside as well as outside the home. I use either regular table salt or kosher coarse salt sprinkled into the carpets, bedding areas, corners etc as the suffocates the fleas just like the information on the link that states it dehydrates the fleas. Now I have a few ways to eliminate anything from my lawn without resorting to chemicals of any kind that might give myself or my animals cancer or who knows what else. Purringfur, again-great LINK, THX!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2007, 01:49:24 PM »

A special thank you to Dr. Obando of MercyVet for summarizing Dr. Pitcairn's flea remedies and offering this information to the public on the MercyVet web site. 

I have so much to learn!  I can't wait to receive Drs. Pitcairn's and Strombeck's books!!!
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