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Ugh, somebody tell me quick . . .

what does a flea look like. I think I saw one on Ruby. I've never seen one before in my life. It was a light brown skinny little thing. At first I thought it was a bit of debris from the yard, but it moved when I went to take it off her.

Just in case, I threw her in a sink full of Dawn detergent, which they tell you will kill fleas and she had a dish detergent bath. When I dried her, I did see one similar looking thing on the counter -- muerte. I think I saw back legs on the carcass. I just threw the towel in a hot drier so hopefully it it was . . . it is no longer.
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totally sounds like a flea to me!!
I can't beleive you've never seen one before!!
They are kinda of a brown-ish, reddish color... so glad you got the sucker!

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OMG! I've had dogs all my adult life and I've (thankfully) never seen a flea before. All I can say is God bless Dawn detergent. The boys are both going to get baths when they come in. I'm not taking any chances.

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OMG... Good luck. Tell me more about the Dawn bath in case I need it. ( how much Dawn, how much water, how long) I hate those fleas and tick... Ruby is beautiful, love the collage.


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Teresita, I had heard about the Dawn detergent a few years ago when someone on the forum was looking for an alternative to typical flea treatments. I kind of filed it away in my head and just started using Dawn detergent for my dishes back then . . . just in case. What I remembered was filling the sink with water up to their necks and washing them with Dawn. What I did today was to squirt a lot of it into the filling sink, then I put her in, lathered her up a couple of times, then washing it out over and over again. I didn't use any of the usual sprays, fearing it would somehow neutralize the effect of the detergent.

Strangely enough, she's never come so clean and looked so shiny with all the expensive shampoos I have in the cabinet. I'm definitely going to do both boys with it today. Unfortunately I have to go out now for a couple of hours, but when I come back . . . we'll get to it.

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I think any dish detergent will get them. We used Joy for years on cats and farm dogs. A flea is a little less than the size of a sesame seed on a sesame seed bun.

The trouble with dish detergent is that you don't want to get it in their eyes, but fleas go to the eyes for moisture, and the head is typically where you find them.

Pam has some tearless flea shampoo. On a light colored dog, you can move the hair around and see them moving. They can move surpisingly fast, but I used to catch them and pop their hard shells in between two fingernails.

I've been winning the war here for years now with spraying the yard with d-limonene citrus extract, and other more toxic stuff around the outside of the yards.

The last fleas we saw came back from a show. Now any dog coming back from a show goes right into a bath before they hit the floor in the house.
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They can move surpisingly fast, but I used to catch them and pop their hard shells in between two fingernails.
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Geri:

Even if you don't see any fleas, dogs may have one or more in their fur. A sign yoou can look for, besides scratching, is "flea dirt." This is not actually dirt, but is black, dried up blood. It is on the skin near where they flea has bitten the poor dog.

If you see this, there have been fleas there since the dog's last bath. Unfortunately, fleas have a habit of jumping on and jumping off a dog and so may still be in the dog's bedding or on a rug - OR, if you are lucky, it has jumped onto another animal while your dog was on a walk or at a dogpark.

Good luck. Flea season is just beginning. I hope you can get rid of all of them. I put my two on Comfortis last month, and it is working, and they seem to have no health issues because of it.



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Teresita, I had heard about the Dawn detergent a few years ago when someone on the forum was looking for an alternative to typical flea treatments. I kind of filed it away in my head and just started using Dawn detergent for my dishes back then . . . just in case. What I remembered was filling the sink with water up to their necks and washing them with Dawn. What I did today was to squirt a lot of it into the filling sink, then I put her in, lathered her up a couple of times, then washing it out over and over again. I didn't use any of the usual sprays, fearing it would somehow neutralize the effect of the detergent.

Strangely enough, she's never come so clean and looked so shiny with all the expensive shampoos I have in the cabinet. I'm definitely going to do both boys with it today. Unfortunately I have to go out now for a couple of hours, but when I come back . . . we'll get to it.
Oh... Thanks. I am buying a couple of bottles, just in case.


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Now I'm not sure what I saw was a flea. I didn't see any hard shell. It seemed to be the size of a skinny, tiny worm, straight and light brown. I suppose it could have been any kind of bug from the yard. In any case, Ruby is squeaky clean and shiny. Guess she needed a degreasing.

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