Our own flea circus
March 29, 2012 § 10 Comments
Last year we were in a drought, which killed a number of the trees on our property. Now that it is spring, we’ve started marking the trees that died, and are preparing to cut them down before they fall into the house. This picture looks a little foggy; I took it a few minutes after sunrise this morning, when there was still a bit of a haze around the pond.
The drought was followed by a very mild winter. The combination of no water and no cold means that the insect population has exploded around here. One can’t go outside without getting attacked by fleas and mosquitos. This is uncomfortable for us, but havoc for the dogs.
Addie was especially impacted by the fleas. Although we use flea drops on the dogs’ backs every month, the fleas still came, and they decided that Addie was the perfect flea hotel. In spite of the flea drops, a flea collar, nightly flea spray, and combings, the poor girl was still very popular with the fleas. She had her own private flea circus on her legs.
Two evenings ago, Dave decided to go for the big guns. After an extensive google search, he called our vet and asked for Elanco’s “Comfortis.” This isn’t a paid advertisement, and we’re actually fairly upset that we’ve had to resort to strong chemicals for our dogs. However, our previous measures were definitely not working…especially on Addie, who exhibited several hot spots on her legs, and spent her nights biting and chewing.
I’m happy to say that 30 minutes after taking the tablets, our dogs are no longer scratching. Addie had her first comfortable night in a week, since the fleas exploded on our property. It was an expensive endeavor…about $200 for a 3-month supply for our 3 big dogs. However, it was worth it in terms of the comfort of our animals. We may be green, but we also understand that there are times when we must weigh our green lifestyle against the health of ourselves and our animals. In our case, Addie’s comfort was the most important.
I think Addie’s grateful, although the flea circus that was forming on her backside might think otherwise. Our vet’s also happy, because he’s a few dollars richer. I’m wondering how it works exactly. Evidently, the fleas that bite our dogs will now become dead fleas. What exactly does this chemical do to our dogs?