Guest ejw Posted August 15, 2008 Share Posted August 15, 2008 For about a week, I noticed Tansi, and only Tansi, scratching and nibbling herself more than "normal". It was not frantic scratching and nibbling: closer to grooming. She sleeps on my bed, as do the others, and shares dog beds and the couch, but no one else was itchy. I asked the vet how to detect fleas. He told me to look for flea poop: like pepper on the skin. I didn't see any, or evidence of bug bites. but she kept on scratching and nibbling. Two weeks ago, I was massaging Tansi's bum and a bug scuttled across to the hair I hadn't lifted. It did not jump, as I expect a flea would. It was a bit elongated and black. I thought it looked beetle-ish with a hard outside (exodermic skeleton?). I thought fleas were roundish? I chased it around her butt for a while trying to catch/pinch it, but though it was very fast, it never jumped. There was no flea poop I could see but I gave the girls all a dose of Advantage. Tansi stopped nibbling and scratching that day; no one has been itchy since. I have never dealt with fleas or ticks, so I have no idea what it was. Since the Advantage worked, I guess it might have been a flea. But if it was, wouldn't the other girls have been affected? Was I dealing with something different? I am assuming because it apparently never attached itself, it was not a tick. Any ideas about what it might have been? Would a flea affect only one dog? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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