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Old 09-07-2014, 06:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation flees! safe for bath?panic!!!!!!!!

ok, so apparently the friend im staying with, her dog has flees!

( thank god i decided to leave Crowley home instead of bringing her with me! i didn't know about the flees till i got there. )

i don't wanna accidentally give them to Crowley if they end up coming home with me, like in my clothes or luggage and stuff.


would it be safe to give Crowley a flee bath when i get home to make sure that if they follow me home that she won't get them or is flee soap stuff not safe for them? especially if she tries to 'clean herself' and might accidentally eat some?(or am i worrying too much?)

if i can give her a flee bath- some hedgie safe flee soap recommendations would be highly appreciated as well as tips?

also sorry if this isn't the place for this post :/ i couldn't find this subject yet even though im sure it had to come up at some point.

*im currently working on getting her first check up at a vets- but i don't want this flee problem to get out of hand before i can get her in for an appointment- if it indeed does become a problem.

again any and all help is appreciated!!!!!
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't give her any kind of treatment for fleas unless you actually see fleas on her. Personally, as soon as you get home (and definitely before you go into her room or interact with her), I'd change out of your current clothes, get all of your clothes from the trip into the wash, and shower. Double-check any other luggage you took with you as well, especially before taking them in the same room with her. If you do that, I would think you should be safe from passing anything on to her. I once handled some hedgehogs at the pet store that had mite infestations so bad, the mites were crawling everywhere on them. I ended up with mites all over me as well. I went straight to our basement when I got home (where our washing machine is), clothes went right in the wash, then showered & put on clean clothes before I handled Lily. Didn't have any problems!
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you very much! It means sooo much to me, and Crowley too.

i figured when we stopped owning cats and dogs that this wouldn't be a problem anymore, well i was wrong :/

this dog has no concept of personal space- husky that's always in your face and lap, sheds everywhere , rubs against everything exsettra.

i brought a difficult to wash wheeled duffel bag full of clothes as well as a laptop that i have KNOW IDEA HOW IM SUPPOSE TO SAFELY FLEA WASH? and a 3ds and other such technology.

plus i keep Crowley in my bedroom, but i guess i could have someone else go in before interacting with and get me clean clothes to change into.

haaaa this is madness, if i had known about the fleas beforehand i would have waited to visit rather than risk Crowley and deal with this. haaaaaa

got any cleaning tips for me? good laundry detergents, hand soaps, vinegar? any clue whatsoever to do with/about the laptop?
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I had this problem at work ( I work with doggies) I wash my clothes on Hot and dry them on high for as long of time as my dryer will let me, if I have something that cannot be washed I put it in the freezer for 2 days. I would lysol your lap top because Im sure you don't want to freeze it. For laundry was normally with vinegar to sanitize them. Bleach if you are able with some things. I change outside before I go in if I know I came in contact with fleas or mites, then put them in a trash bag, tie it tight and take it straight to the washer. Also wash and wash and wash yourself. I would wash your hair and body 2 to 3 times. http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins...er&rs=ac&len=8 Also there are a ton of home made flea killers and repelants for your things that are not dangerous to hedgie you can use on you and your things.
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I'm not sure I'd worry about the laptop, but that's just me...It doesn't seem like fleas would hang out on something like that. But I've also never dealt with a flea infestation. Whatever you treat the laptop with, definitely double-check on the internet or with a local tech person you can trust to make sure it's nothing that will damage the laptop or the screen, etc.

If you can't put the duffle bag in the freezer or the wash, there are flea sprays made for spraying household things like carpets, couches, etc. with that you could use on it. I'd go with the natural stuff that uses essential oils over the other ones. Just make sure it airs out for a while before you take it back in your room after spraying.
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well, im worried about the laptop cuz i actually saw a few on the keyboard and the dog likes to try and sit on it while im typing, im worried that they might lay eggs in it. i'd really hate to kill off all the fleas only to have some hatch two weeks later :/
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If they do happen to lay eggs on your laptop they will never make it to your house as long as you clean everything you bring home like lillysmommy said in the above post. Flea eggs have to hatch into larva then turn into pupa before becoming a "flea" (kinda like mealworms stages of life)
It sounds like that dog has a horrible flea problem and it's out of control. It must be so uncomfortable for him . I think you should try to explain to your friend that if she doesn't get her dog a flea treatment of some sort it can lead to other issues like tape worms from the dog ingesting a flea. Then the dog will be cramping them out everywhere, and that's not any fun.

I hope that doesn't sound rude because I'm nothing like that at all.
I'm just saying it sounds like the fleas are out of control and I can only imagine how the dog feels.

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Old 09-08-2014, 12:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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she does have her treated but its taking a while for them all to die, and the ones on the carpets keep jumping back on her, and for some reason she cant seem to get them all out of the carpet.

but yeah, i am also kind of annoyed with her too. its not fun for the dog, or anyone else that comes to her house, and it could have been easily avoided if she just brushed her reagaly.(and now not for me :/ )
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Please don't spray your laptop with lysol or anything else, fleas couldn't complete their life cycle in a laptop. You also don't need to go overboard with cleaning, just regular washing and drying of clothes and of your hair is all that is needed.

I'm an Animal Health Technician and when we would get a dog or cat in with fleas we just kept them away from the other animals and washed all their bedding in hot water, that was enough to keep them from spreading.
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