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|Barked: Sat Sep 27, '08 9:18pm PST |
|Yes, another flea post! I looked through several, but all I really saw was information about how the products like Frontline work.
Ok, so we have fleas. Not many, but even one is enough to aggravate me. Amos has sores from scratching and I'm ready to punch someone at the vet's office in the face, but I'll get to that soon enough.
We've been eating a mixture of Solid Gold, dry, wet and tripe, along with Fromm's and we've been using Frontline Plus. Well, two weeks ago we switched to a holistic vet and a raw diet. We had our last treatment with FP about that time and about a week ago I noticed fleas and we've never had this problem before so I called the old vet and this chick who answered says, 'Yeah, Frontline isn't so good for fleas. We use Advantage. But you have to wait another two weeks." See why I wanted to smack someone? They use Advantage? These are the same people who told me only Frontline would work a month ago so I was a lot angrier than I've been in a very long time, but it made me start looking for natural treatments. We're going back to the holistic vet for our two week check up and I'm picking up some DE there, but it's over an hour away so I'm looking for something that will work until then.
So I found this:
"Chop orange, grapefruit or other citrus skins or cut them into small pieces, then place in a pan of water. Simmer 15 minutes. Cool thoroughly. Pour into the animal's fur and cover the skin thoroughly. Pay special attention to areas that are hard for the pet to reach. All other forms of citrus also work but oranges seem to work best. This treatment is effective for skin rashes caused by flea bites. Commercial citrus products are also available."
Has anyone tried this with good results? Tomorrow is carved out for bath day and 'try to find all the fleas day' so if there's anything anyone can tell me about this or about anything else that will help until we get the DE on Wednesday, I'd really love to hear it. Also, would the diet switch have anything to do with it? I know it's worked wonders on Gracie's allergies, but was the commercial diet keeping fleas away? I was thinking the Frontline was always lousy and maybe something they were eating was helping control these pests? We're still on one meat source, a few supplements, and vegetables until Wednesday then we will start adding more. For those of you who do raw, do you add something to the food for flea control? I've heard garlic, apple cider vinegar, and brewer's yeast, but I honestly have no idea so any help on any of this would be very much appreciated.