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The fleas here in Southern California seem to be worse than ever. Ginger is getting Advantix II but is still having a time of it. We've been picking them off of her every other day for a week now because she started scratching quite a lot. Figured it would be better if we could get most of them off. She is very cooperative and with her pink skin and white fur the fleas are not hard to find, its grabbing them, without pinching her, that's the challenge


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Try giving her a bath and rinse with water and apple cider vinegar. I just put about a 1/4 cup and three times the water. You do it at the end of the bath and leave it on the hair. Also you can spray daily on her. It really helps kill the eggs and fleas. It also works as a conditioner and good for the skin. Look up the right amount I always forget. I was also told that borax just soap sprinkled around your floors and leave it on for a bit kills the eggs. I know it's hard when you go outside and the nasty bugs just jump on. But the Vinager smell keeps them off.

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Also when you shampoo her, lather her well, wrap her in a towel, preferably warmed, for about 5 minutes then rinse her really well. The shampoo should kill any fleas that are on her. Be sure you are vacuuming your furniture as well as your floors and her bedding. You can put part of a flea collar in the vacuum bag or canister as well. Diatomaceous earth (food grade only) spread out in your yard should help as well.



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I use Trifexis for Monkey year-round (also live in socal!). As a registered veterinary technician i can tell you that fleas will be a problem year round (not just in the summer months... they are worse then).

I have never had any issues with fleas (finding them or having them in the house) with consistent flea control. I always find that orals work better than topicals. But that is just my own experience/preference.

Edited to add: I don't like to use flea shampoo or chemicals on my pup as he has sensitive skin.
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There have been many dogs, especially small ones, that have had really bad reactions to Trifexis. Do your research before selecting the product to use. I do not use any flea shampoos on my dogs either. Regular shampoos will kill them if lathered and kept on the dog for about 5 minutes. Then rinsed off very thoroughly.


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Thanks for the replies. Found this, sounds good. Will see if it helps.
http://everydayroots.com/flea-remedies


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There are also MANY dogs that have had no problems with Trifexis. Emmie used Trifexis for almost 2 yrs and never had a reaction to it. She's also never had a reaction to vaccines. I'm very fortunate that she's so healthy.

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I use Trifexis for Monkey year-round (also live in socal!). As a registered veterinary technician i can tell you that fleas will be a problem year round (not just in the summer months... they are worse then).

I have never had any issues with fleas (finding them or having them in the house) with consistent flea control. I always find that orals work better than topicals. But that is just my own experience/preference.

Edited to add: I don't like to use flea shampoo or chemicals on my pup as he has sensitive skin.
MonkeyLove I have had several friends who's dogs have had really bad reactions to Trifexis its fine that it works for your baby but I don't like to recommend it . My sisters dog almost died and the cost to save her was over $3.000.

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