Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Flea season?!

Toby had fleas! For the first time. :)

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that he was scratching a lot more than he usually does, so I looked through his coat (Toby's coat is so full that you can barely see his skin) and saw some black residue, but nothing more!

Since he wasn't on K9 Advantix or the other brand -that's because he's more of an indoor dog and also I don't feel comfortable using pesticides on my baby - I kinda knew he was having guests for dinner in his coat :)

So I waited until the morning, read reviews about both brands, decided on K9 Advantix and then I drove to Petsmart to buy it. Before applying the stuff on Toby, we checked him again for fleas, because a day earlier I couldn't see anything, only this time, my poor baby was being attacked by an army of fleas. We picked off as many as we could and then we let the pesticide do its work. We didn't give him a bath before, because Toby has an issue with taking a bath, but that story is for another post :)

Needless to say, we're so glad that we got rid of those yucky creatures and we hope this was the first and last time :)

P.S. My boyfriend just asked me what was I writing about, and I told him that I wrote about Toby's fleas; he replied: "oohh..that's personal!", but, hey, this is a personal blog :)


  1. Peanut has had oh so many fleas before! Like this one time, when I first got Peanut and I let him run on a patch of dried grass, he got fleas so I had to sneak him in to target wrapped in a jacket to buy some over-the-counter flea medication. And I also went to go help out at this awful rescue and Peanut got fleas. -horrible

    I hate fleas in every manner. Things I do when Peanut gets fleas:

    1. Shower him immediately with flea and tick shampoo
    2. rinse and repeat until no more fleas wash off
    3. dry him out completely
    4. apply flea medication

    Fleas are a handful. I hope Peanut never gets anymore fleas!

    And poor little Toby

  2. Thanks for the tips, Peanut! :) We sure hate fleas too. Now he's on the K9 advantix so he should be fine. Do you use this brand or Frontline?

  3. Gibson gets K9 Advantix 8 months of the year. We skip November-February since it's too frozen here for fleas to survive (our vet said this is ok). I like to use it every month instead of just when he gets fleas because it protects him from ticks and mosquitoes too, which if you walk your dog outside at all, he can pick up :) Hope Toby is now flea free!

  4. Is good to know that fleas don't survive winter, never really thought about that :) So I'm guessing we should be fine, too, since we're living near Chicago..

  5. Peanut has First Shield. His vet prescribed him to it and it also kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. But Since me and Peanut live in Texas, there's fleas all year, so I have to put it on every month no matter how cold it is.

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