I recently took Wyn to the vet for a routine check-up. Wyn’s veterinarian is thorough and her exams reflect that. She did the routine annual test and checked him over from head to toe, and when I say ‘toe,’ I mean she looked between each toe.
Then she got out a fine-toothed flea comb and said, “This is the worst year we’ve ever had for fleas, I’m checking everybody.” She ran the comb over different parts of Wyn’s body and just above the base of his tail, she said, “yep, flea dirt. He’s got some fleas.”
I was mortified. “You must be mistaken,” I said. ”He’s never had a flea. I play with him at night and see his belly. I look everywhere.” She showed me the comb. I nearly had a heart attack. The thought that MY dog has fleas made me sick to my stomach.
Wyn is on one of the products that you apply to the base of the neck once a month. I apply it the same way each month, like clockwork. I won’t say the name of the product because right now, it’s not working. It may have been fine before, but it’s not holding up to what is being described as one of the worst flea years ever.
I’ve declared war. Wyn got a bath, of course and I treated the carpets with Fleabusters(R), a great natural non-pesticide product. I’m looking into getting the yard treated.
In a May 2012 Citizen Canine blog, I wrote about a science article that said fleas have been around 165 million years and they crawled around on the dinosaurs in the Jurassic period. That’s okay, fleas, you ain’t messin’ with my dog. At least at my house, I’m determined to eliminate you.
Are any of you fighting fleas? Any tips? Do you think dogs can adapt to the product-on-the-neck so it isn’t effective?