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Q. One0f my pitbull I believe to be flea they ar black scraew on her skin what can get for her

Answered By
DEBI MATLACK

A. In flea control, you get what you pay for. Invest in a good quality flea control product from your vet, such as Comfortis and be faithful about giving it on time. Also, you will need to treat your house and yard to further help keep fleas off your dog.For every flea you see on your pet, there re 100 more in the environment. Treat carpet, rugs and under furniture and in corners, even on hardwood and tile with a product that contains an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). This will prevent the eggs from maturing into adult fleas. Do the same in your yard,concentrating on areas under bushes and along the foundations where it is cooler, not out on open sunny areas as much. Alternatively, you can use borax powder, available in the laundry section of the grocery store, to treat rugs and carpeting. Sprinkle over the surface, work it into the fiber with a broom and leave it down. You can wait a few hours or even days before vacuuming it up, it won't hurt you or your pets. Another alternative is food grade diatomaceous earth, available at health food stores. Apply and work it in in a similar way. Vacuum your floors DAILY, and empty the canister or take the to an outside receptacle and close it up in a plastic bag, tied shut. If the problem is severe, ask your vet for a dose of Capstar.This is a pill that kills all fleas on the dog, starting as soon as five minutes after giving it, but only works for 24 hours. This can help you get a head start on treatment. Be patient, you may need to repeat house and yard treatment every 10-14 days a few times in a row to get the flea population under control.


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