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Old 11-14-2012, 04:17 PM
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I have been fighting fleas for over a year, and while I really want to avoid the poison my 3.5lb girl was covered in 20 in just 1 armpit...
So I had to give her some poison (12 hrs ago). I got Advantage 2 for dogs 10lbs and under. It says its safe for 2 to 10 lbs. I tried to give her only 1/2 the dose, but am not sure if that worked. She seems slightly irritated in her scruff but what is irritating me more is her eye. She went to sleep just about 2 hours after I gave her the meds and her pupils were going in and out so I shut off the light and let her sleep. When I went to check on her again her pupils were tripping out less but now one of her eyes is squinty, and the eyeball doesn't necessarily look like its facing forward, she looks like she has a lazy squinty eye. This is what worries me, is this at all normal? My house mate got her to look at him normally with her eye at one point last night. This morning 12 hours after application she is still completely lethargic, will not move at all, still has the lazy squinty eye. Is this bad? Do I need to give my dog a bath ASAP? She also woke up at one point coughing/heaving or trying to catch her breath, which was slightly worrying but went away.

I also gave the same dose to the cat that lives here.
Turns out cats 4-9lbs and dogs 10lbs and under have the same exact % of the drug in the medicine. I'm guessing they are interchangeable, not sure if anyone else has noticed this, check it out.
Kinda worries me because the cat is 2x the size of the dog and got the same dose...
I bet the cat isn't reacting, but my puppy seems miserable, if she can even tell what is going on, she seems so disoriented.
Thanks. I feel good knowing the fleas are gone but it shouldn't ever happen at the expense, or any expense of my pet.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:00 PM
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This is not normal! You need to get you dog to the vet ASAP. It may be the flea treatment, or something else. Either way your dog need medical attention NOW!
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:50 PM
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Yes, get her to the vet right away. Did you get that medication from the vet? Did you get separate cat and dog flea meds? When we had to resort to giving our pets flea meds, our cats got the regular adult cat dose of Revolution but Odie was given a puppy dose, and she's 5 lbs. The concentration is the same in both (mg/mL), but the feline dose is 45 mg and the puppy dose is 15 mg, so Odie was getting less of the drug.
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Unfortunately, your house is probably covered in fleas. Get a white pair of socks, and walk around, 'specially with out lights on. I'll bet there will be fleas galore.

As far as your puppy goes, I'd get it to the vet. I used some flea stuff that goes on the shoulder, and I washed it out after 15 minutes. It stunk so. She was on the flea stuff because we were going on vacation, and I didn't want her to get them.

There is a pill that the vet has that will kill any fleas on the dog in 30 minutes. It is safe. You first must get them out of the house. 20 fleas in an armpit is alot! She can become anemic from too many bites.
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Unfortunately, your house is probably covered in fleas. Get a white pair of socks, and walk around, 'specially with out lights on. I'll bet there will be fleas galore.

As far as your puppy goes, I'd get it to the vet. I used some flea stuff that goes on the shoulder, and I washed it out after 15 minutes. It stunk so. She was on the flea stuff because we were going on vacation, and I didn't want her to get them.

There is a pill that the vet has that will kill any fleas on the dog in 30 minutes. It is safe. You first must get them out of the house. 20 fleas in an armpit is alot! She can become anemic from too many bites.
I didn't believe the sock thing until I tried it! It definitely works. I heard that they are drawn by vibrations, and I made sure to wear white socks while I was vacuuming and I had a few jump on. Make sure you wear high socks though, or they'll bite your ankles. We only found a couple on Odie during her first bath and the next day she had four.


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The cats owner got Revolution from the vet, but decided against it because reviews online pointed to Advantage 2 being safer for animals in general. That's what we decided to use, which has the same dose as the cat for the dog, same % medicine to total mg, they are identical except the label and potentially fillers may be different. They were not mixed and were administered correctly. I did not get the meds from the vet for the cat or dog, they came from our local pet store. (which I discovered carries an immense amount of amazing dog food, Ziwi, Fromm, Stella & Chewies, and way more, 90% of it is grain free, they also have a whole freezer stocked with raw foods!)
I believe the pill you are describing only lasts 24-70 hrs, and unfortunately this would only work for me if I got the animals out and used a bug bomb, this is not ideal for me, though I know it will work and is a last resort type deal.
The fleas definitely come jumping out when the vacuum runs. The next few weeks are going to be grueling, moving furniture and vacuuming like crazy.
The dog is okay too, oddly enough she was back to normal after I made this topic(you know that's what it takes sometimes...), her eye is fine and she is even more ecstatic than I have ever seen her due to lack of fleas. Fortunately the dog hasn't been here too long and thus hasn't been suffering from the fleas. I think when the cat had them it wasn't as bad since she was the only animal living here. Having a higher concentration of pets led to a higher concentration of fleas no doubt.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:25 PM
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Good luck with the cleaning. Unfortunately, fleas get into baseboards, crevices etc where the vacuum won't reach. You can get a spray and use it on them to get any fleas/eggs that have hidden..

I had a house full of TICKS and those buggers were everywhere. (This was 60 years ago. My darling brother took my dog swimming in the lagoon behind the museum of science and industry in Chicago. Illegal, he did it on a hot night at midnight) I had no idea my dog had ticks; I thought they were skin tags! I was 16. Finally took the dog to the vet, who promptly told my mom to get a professional in pronto.
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Sprinkle salt all over the house floors, couches and vacuum well. Best way to Do it Yourself is to treat dog and leave for a couple days and bomb the house. Or call in a pest control company. If not you might as well get used to living with fleas.
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