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  1. For us in the UK it's turning out to be one of those 'once in 20 years' hot summers when it gets up to 90 outside and refuses to drop below 75 inside. (most of us don't have ac.) For poor old Peggy it certainly isn't the best of times having to stay inside from about 9.30am to 9.30pm when the sun's just gone down every day. I've got a couple of fans going in my room where Peggy stays most of the time with tea towels pegged to them which I periodically mist in order to get 2 or 3 degrees more cooling. That's something I at least control to a point..... But it's Fleas which are spoiling everything and I didn't even know she had them until the vet, very politely, pointed out the flea dirt on her skin. I'd taken her in because she was scratching towards her ear far too often with one back leg and i couldn't see anything wrong with the ear and concluded it was most likely an older-dog neuro or spinal issue. It was the kind of scratching that would nearly make her fall over, just like that reflex you can stimulate in them when you rub their neck. Hmmmm... let's treat those fleas shall we.... my bad! So in goes an injection of Dexafort for the itchiness, down goes a big tablet of Simparica Pal for the fleas and possible ticks, and back home we go. Some 3 or so hours later all hell breaks loose on the itching front, with both back legs scratching at full force, ears being flapped like crazy, then being rubbed along the ground. Poor dog! I called the vet again and was told to give 4mg human Piriton to calm her down and reassured that the fleas would be dead by tomorrow. I certainly hope that's going to be the case in all this heat. A few days ago I bathed her with an anti-itch shampoo and I'd swear I didn't see a single flea! So there's the warning... check your dogs with a flea comb before they take over! Oh and the washing machine has been on 3 times on hot cycle with all the dog bedding etc. I expect i'll need to get some of that Indorex spray that kills the larvae indoors too. Fleas!!!
  2. Since my local vet practice was acquired by a bigger group, they appear to have changed the flea medication brands available. I went in to get some for Peggy but none of the brands they had sounded familiar and they also weren't able to find what I last bought for her (which she was fine with) a couple of years ago. The pet store only appears to have Frontline and other fipronil based spot on treatments. I need to give Peggy something real soon as she's scratching,,,, Has anyone on here had any trouble using that fipronil chemical on their Greyhounds?
  3. Just here to vent. Philly came from the track with these nastly little things. He was treated with drontal but got really sick so we switched to another med that the name now escapes me. After numerous poop tests, he was still turning up positive so we decided to treat every 3 weeks for 4 months. And it worked!!! (Or so we thought). He was given the all clear with a final poop test in March of this year. I was so happy, I squealed at the office during the phone call from the vet. Fast forward to late July, early this August, he started having loose poops. Ugh, I feared the worst as I hadn't changed anything. Sure, I'd snuck in some table food here and there but nothing more than a small piece of chicken. Was even planning on switching his food thinking that was it (Purina Pro Plan chicken) Vet confirmed the worst today. They saw some eggs in a recent stool sample. I'm devastated (for him and me). We worked so hard!!!! I don't have a yard so I have to walk him and he's never eaten anything off the grass on walks (he'll lick a wet spot on the grass which I assume is pee from another dog but that's about it). Oh well, We'll be going back to 3 wk treatments of the medication (the name of which still escapes me). Oh and I know some flea and tick meds also help with deworminf and stuff but Heartgard and Nexgard made him ill (lost appetite and loose poop with heartgard; vomiting with nexgard). Any recs on flea, tick, heartworm preventitive will be appreciated. Rant over. Thanks for listening.
  4. Well, Mr. Ollie was finally diagnosed as having a high load of hookworms that I'm sure he came home with (recently adopted). So now it's a game of trying to get rid of them, we started with a dose of Drontal to see if that gets us anywhere, we'll go from there after a followup fecal. What are your monthly parasite preventatives of choice? I was looking in to Trifexis since it also kills and repels fleas. Of course, almost any type you look at there seems to be dogs who have had severe adverse effects (seemingly like the Quest/Zimectrin Gold in horses). So of course, now I'm totally paranoid. A few suggestions from fellow grey parents will greatly put my mind at ease! You guys are the best!
  5. Edge has been itchy since he adoption over a year ago. He doesn't seem crazy with it but itches from time to time and he chews around his back. We can pull little brown hard specks off that area but have seen no fleas. I have a cat that has no fleas and there are no bites on us. Would a flea bath help him? Is it another skin condition? Anyone know? Thanks.
  6. My Grey, Kit, and I visit my mom's house often. My mom has two dogs and three cats. A couple months ago, she found out that all of her animals had fleas. At that point, she started giving everyone Frontline. I have been giving Kit Frontline every 30 days since I got her so I thought that it would be safe for her to be in my mom's house. For the past two weeks, I've noticed Kit itching a lot more. Then the other day, I noticed a patch of scabs by the base of her tail. She definitely has fleas now so I guess Frontline isn't doing what the box says that it does. Last week, I found worms on two of my mom's cats. When my mom went to pick up de-wormer for everyone (including Kit), she told the vet's office how she couldn't get rid of the fleas and they recommended the flea collar Seresto. I've never heard good things about flea collars and I usually take product recommendations at the vets with a grain of salt, especially when they carry pamphlets for that product. Is Seresto Greyhound safe? Does anyone have any experience using it? Does anyone have any other recommendations for flea treatment?
  7. Cooper has dug herself a nice trench under a tree and enjoys laying in it on hot days. She is on Heartgard and Seresto but do these protect against whatever little buggers that could be lurking in the soil?
  8. My hound has been on pet armor (like generic frontline) since we have had her. So a little over two months. She is due to get more on Friday. Every other day or so, however, I will see a flea on her (which I typically manage to pick off her and get rid of). Then in a panic i will comb her body searching for what seems like hours and usually don't find anymore. We live in a very woody/buggy area, so my bf hasn't been worried and is just attributing it to her picking one up outside now and again. I'm afraid we have an infestation and that we need to take action...but because it's only one at a time My bf doesn't think it's a big deal. Help! Opinions? If you think it is an infestation what steps should I take? This is my first hound so I am really nervous. Should we take her to the vet? She itches herself some, But not excessively...she hasn't seemed like she is very bothered. Also her fur is starting to thin around her neck (throat) and butt. Could this be related? Thanks
  9. My hound has been on pet armor (like generic frontline) since we have had her. So a little over two months. She is due to get more on Friday. Every other day or so, however, I will see a flea on her (which I typically manage to pick off her and get rid of). Then in a panic i will comb her body searching for what seems like hours and usually don't find anymore. We live in a very woody/buggy area, so my bf hasn't been worried and is just attributing it to her picking one up outside now and again. I'm afraid we have an infestation and that we need to take action...but because it's only one at a time My bf doesn't think it's a big deal. Help! Opinions? If you think it is an infestation what steps should I take? This is my first hound so I am really nervous. Should we take her to the vet? She itches herself some, But not excessively...she hasn't seemed like she is very bothered. Also her fur is starting to thin around her neck (throat) and butt. Could this be related? Thanks
  10. A few days ago I felt several small, pimple-like bumps on my dog's chest, under his leg-pits and a few other places. They look like bug bites. I carefully investigated, worried they might be ticks, but I don't see anything. The other night he was, for the first time, snuggling with me on the loveseat. As I made him move to get up, I saw a small, black spot move on his white fur. I tried to pinch it off, but it moved fast and buried into his fur. Then I went over him very carefully and either saw the same one or another one, which again I couldn't pinch. I took a comb and combed through his fur, but came up with nothing. Nothing in or near his ears (ticks' favorite spots). This was 12:30 at night and I was totally freaked out. I took CJ outside and dusted him down with diatomaceous earth. In 34 years living in Colorado and owning dogs all that time, I never knew anyone whose dog had fleas, and only once have I had to deal with ticks on my own dogs, that either came from field mice or a grooming place. After that night, I bought a flea comb and went over every inch of him for a long time but came up with nothing except some hair and a bit of white dandruff. If he had fleas or ticks, I'm pretty sure I would have seen some evidence with this kind of exam. Then I bathed him with baby shampoo, and again went over him with the flea comb. I cannot find anything, but he has these bites and bumps. I've washed all his bedding because the thought of bugs in the house is awful. I couldn't sleep years ago when my dogs had those few ticks. I'll get him to the vet but would appreciate anyone else's thoughts or experience with something like this. I was afraid to use flea/tick shampoo on him and will see what the vet suggest for monthly preventative. Thanks!
  11. I tried doing a search of old threads and on Google but couldn't find much on this specific question - I want to give my new rescue a dose of Frontline, but I have heard that he should get a bath first. Then again I have also heard that you should not bathe a dog more than 2-3 days before applying Frontline. What do you do? Could I apply Frontline tomorrow or even tonight (he came to use without having it) and hold off on giving him a bath, or is it better to get him bathed tomorrow and apply the Frontline in a few days? He is not smelly. The fact that he does not have any form of flea/tick prevention at the moment is making me more nervous than his lack of a bath. We live in New England and in a city, so ticks are less worrisome, but the flea risk concerns me. He also currently has tapeworm, which makes me more worried that he may have already been exposed to fleas. He is not scratching and does not look uncomfortable. Please help! Thanks.
  12. I haven't had any flea problems in over 20 years but now have had them for a couple months, despite using K9 Advantix monthly. I assume the flea problems started because 1) I was in a rental unit for 2 months (Oct 7-Dec 1) while my home was under total renovation (all floors, ceilings, walls, kitchen) and Sheba picked them up there, 2) the fleas were always in my home and the renovation and Sheba and me being out of the house brought them out big time, 3) fleas have become immune to K9 Advantix, or 4) a combination of the three. I've been washing throw rugs and bedding and spraying Sheba and the rugs and bedding frequently. I've been delaying setting off indoor foggers and spraying the yard (no grass, just river rock and patio stones) in the hopes the washing and spraying will take care of things, but I still don't have it under control. So far, I'm not being attacked by the fleas. Should I change flea med brands? Change to what? I'm using Vet's Best Natural Health Care flea spray. What's the best flea spray for Sheba and rugs/bedding? I have Hot Shot indoor foggers (with Nylar, whatever that is) and Cutter outdoor yard spray that I haven't used yet. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Lately, Aston has been paying more attention than usual to his butt -- the past few weeks. At first, it looked like he was licking along the same path that he uses when he washes himself after a potty walk. However, he kept up with the frequency for some days, so I took him to the vet a week and a half ago. The vet expressed his anal glands, but they were fine; otherwise, she said that his flea meds might not be effective anymore (Advantix II). She said that rather than switching to a new med right away, I should use up the rest of what I have on hand, but give it more frequently than 1x/month if needed -- I just gave him our last dose on 8/11. So... He's still been licking himself off/on this week, and nothing seemed too out of sorts until I saw this tonight (how I managed not to notice it on his walk, I don't know; however, when I did notice it, it was when he had just been licking, so it looked more inflamed): His left side looks normal (complete with the bald section that you can see at the bottom of the above photo), and he hasn't bothered with the left side at all. (edit: it's a little harder to make out with the washout effect of the flash, but he has pimply-looking bumps on the right side of the lick-balding area, and another such bump on the left side of that area) Does this look like flea dermatitis? I sense another vet visit in the future... poor buddy
  14. Ava has seizures - last episode was 10/24 where she was hospitalized and now I think we are one day past the time between seizure episodes (which had been getting shorter and shorter with each episode). So, *knock on wood!* Today we took Pixie and Sam to "Four Muddy Paws" for baths, but I was leary of taking Ava. She has fleas (and I won't/can't use any flea product on her) so I wanted to bathe her here at home. My question... Is Buddy Wash (Rosemary & Mint) Shampoo and Buddy Rinse (Lavender & Mint) safe to use on a dog with seizures? If not, what can I use?
  15. Hi everyone- I was at the beach with my Winnie last week and we both came back home carrying ticks on us! I got this new anti-tick treatment at my vet's and was wondering if anyone had used it before (I'm always nervous using new stuff on her). It's called Activyl Tick Plus. Thanks!
  16. I searched for "flea remedies" and found 4 conversations, but some are from 2007-2009. Frontline still works for me, but some of our locals are experiencing immunities to it. Any of you? I know there is a new oral medication out there but I know nothing about it or whether vets with greyhound knowledge approve its use. AND- does it cover ticks, too? Or would I have to put tick collars back on all 7 kids when the season hits our forests? Cara and the Northcoast Greyhounds
  17. So I just got my first foster this past week, yay! He is such a sweetheart but I feel so bad for him because it looks like he's has some pretty nasty fleas and ticks. So far what I've done is I have applied some frontline that the rescue group gave me, I've given him a bath, gave him a heartworm med that also kills fleas, and then when he kept itching I gave him a bath in dawn dishsoap so that I could try and kill more of the fleas. I think I've gotten the flea part almost under control now, and the itching hasn't been nearly as bad as day 1, but the ticks just have death grip on him. I have pulled off 12 ticks so far and I found some more ticks on him today. Is there a way to kill these things without having to pull every last one off? Every time I think I've gotten them all it just seems like I find more. I want them gone and I'm sure he'd love them gone as well! Oh and I should include a picture of the cute little guy as well I suppose, We've nicknamed him Loki.
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