Fleas, fleas, fleas!

@Valenas (1510)
United States
May 14, 2009 6:23pm CST
Today, we had an eight-week-old kitten (it may have been older, I am not sure when the information I was looking at was printed) come in for a bath that was covered in fleas to the point where he had become anemic. We gave him a capstar and a little bit of water and a/d while the capstar took effect. I then gave him a nice bath. He had such terrible flea dirt that his white fur turned red as soon as I wet him down. I tried to scrub him down the best I could and clean up everything. About every ten minutes for the next hour and a half I went in there and kept pulling off and crushing fleas that recently surfaced, who were either alive or who were dead or dying from having bitten after the capstar. We put frontline on the kitten, also. Do you ever fear that an animal who comes into the clinic covered in fleas may start a clinic-wide flea problem? I always get worried about stray fleas, even though we capstar and try to treat every animal that comes through the door.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
15 May 09
oh good on you, the poor little thing, its good that there are wonderful people like you that care, my cat had fleas not so long ago, I just found out after where she was getting them from, and now i am cleaning up the garden and getting rid of a lot of rubbish where she was hanging around...i give her a product every monthe that you squeeze on the back of her neck every month...good on you for caring.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
15 May 09
That sounds like you use Frontline or a similar product. Frontline is a GREAT product. We actually had someone come in today to talk to us about flea protection, and he was talking to us about a yard spray that can cover 6000 square feet. I think it's only around 14 USD, but it sounds great. I am glad to hear that you are making the effort to clean up the environment to help prevent your cat (or other passing animals) from getting fleas. Most owners don't realize that cleaning up the environment is one of the most important steps in trying to prevent parasites. Good job, and thank you for responding. =D