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    I went to visit an old friend yesterday. Literally old too, she's 79, I believe. She has an old JRT that I have known for at least 10 years too - she must be at about 15 now. I used to be the one walking her daily, so the dog adores me. But when she came to greet me I noticed the fleas. I have never, ever, ever seen that many fleas on a dog. Her whole body was totally covered in them, and you could also see all the flea poo everywhere in her white fur. I was shocked and disgusted. I did tell her owner, who said she was about to give her a flea bath. But this is not the first time I have seen lots of fleas on this dog (though never that many). I treated her with flea powder before when she stayed overnight with me and I once bought some Frontline for them because I felt sorry for the dog.

    So I know they will not treat her properly. And I want to help the poor thing. She wasn't scratching at all, which I personally thought was quite worrying too. I am willing to pay for the treatment and send it to a neighbour who is a mutual friend of ours so she can administer it.

    But how would you go about killing that many fleas? And then make sure they don't come back?

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    Frontline should fix the problem but it needs to be applied every four weeks, and persisted with for twelve months, especially as she probably has fleas in her house. Don't be too hard on the old dear. She possibly doesn't see all that well and she can't see the fleas. The little dog is lucky to have you there. It must be most uncomfortable and I believe severe flea infestation can cause anemia. Good luck!

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    And a flea rinse bath to get rid of the poor dogs itching immediately....lucky it is small, it can be washed in a laundry tub
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    Thanks. I sounded like she had some flea shampoo. I'll get some Frontline or similar and ask the neighbour to make sure the dog is bathed before they put it on.

    I might even get her over here next weekend to treat her. I used to have her for sleepovers regularly because she was best friends with Luna. They lived together for a few years and had lots of adventures together when I took them rabbit chasing and such. That is why I care so much for this dog too.

    ETA: Just ordered some Comfortis for Banjo and after reading some info on the net, I will split a pill and give the JRT the appropriate dose for her weight. I can then give the rest of the pill to her owner and I will set a reminder to ring her when the next dose is due. I should have also checked the dog that she is minding for a friend in hospital.
    Last edited by Beloz; 02-19-2012 at 11:19 AM.

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    I should also have said that you need to treat the dog's bed and also of course other dogs it comes into contact with. I remember years ago when I noticed one of my dogs was covered with fleas and of course with no scratching. I was horrified and shampooed immediately. Frontline was not around then. I am sure there are many long haired dogs out there that are carrying a heavy burden of flea infestation, and their owners don't realise. With a JRT fleas would be obvious especially to a young person with good eyesight and of course if it was not scratching the owner may not have realised. One of my current dogs is one of those itchy ones that scratch all day for no obvious reason and I am so careful. I have never seen a flea but I am very careful what dogs she gets close to. It can happen so easily.
    By the way what does ETA mean and what is Comfortis? Sorry I'm an ignorant senior too, although not quite 79

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    Comfortis is in tablet form and is for the tratment, prevention and control of fleas, and also for the contol of flea allergy dermatitis which you give your dogs once a month.

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    ETA means Edited To Add. (Or Expected Time of Arrival but that makes no sense in this context)

    I try to tell the owner to wash the dog's bedding and blankets on the couch etc, but I don't want her to feel like I'm criticising her and bossing her around... I think the easiest way to deal with this will be to get the dog to my place, wash her immediately, give her the comfortis and then hand her back virtually flea free to the owner with a casual "Oh by the way, I gave her a tablet for the fleas, here is the rest - give her one each month. And you might want to wash her bedding."

    I remember last time I treated the dog (only with flea powder though, so temporary) and how much happier she looked after most of the fleas dropped off her. I don't even want to being trying to imagine what it would be like to have that many fleas crawling around on your body and biting.

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    Thanks for this information. I think you are being very kind and considerate. She's a lucky woman to have a friend like yourself.

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    If you could take her out for a day you may be able to flea bomb her house? But if you keep up the treatment fleas that hatch will jump on the dog and die shortly after.

    Capstar gives instant relief from bad infestations too - it's a tablet for fast knockdown of adult fleas.

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    She said she had given her Capstar, but didn't specify when and I thought they only worked for about 24 hours. I do have some Capstar at home, but not sure if I would dare to combine it with the Comfortis.

    The fleas don't seem to be bothering the humans in the house, so I doubt they would agree to flea bombing. And if the dog is protected it shouldn't bother her too much either to just let thing run their course.

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