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My Dog Has Fleas

Yes, my dog has fleas. Being from Alaska, we haven't been bothered with the pesky little critters for the last 10 years. At least in close quarters we noticed them before there was a bad infestation.

I've talked with our vet and he said the major brands of flea medication all should work about equally well to control them. He mentioned Frontline Plus and Advantage II. Both of those are the kind of treatment that comes in a little tube that you squeeze out on the dog or cat's back. This is one of those things that you have to deal with when traveling with pets. With a phone call to your vet or a visit to a local veterinarian, it's usually taken care of easily. We've always found veterinarians willing to look at our animals with little or no waiting. Now is a good time to think about future RV travel, where you are going, and how it will affect your pet. Don't forget those heartworm pills; you need a prescription for them.

Our flea and tick control medicine should be here tomorrow. We got on the internet and found a reasonable deal on Advantage II. There are some good deals out there, but with shipping, it isn't always the best price that is cheapest in the end. With free standard shipping, it wasn't too much more to upgrade to expedited shipping. We should have it delivered to our door in the morning.

In the meantime, we've been doing extra vacuuming. I sprayed the inside of the vacuum bag with some insecticide bug spray that is supposed to kill fleas. We've also done extra laundry, to help get those little buggers out of here.

Oh, and when we ordered the flea treatment, we also ordered an extra bag of dog chews. The old girl (she's 13) deserves an extra treat.


Editor's note: My husband, Bob Nilles, wrote this article. He gives our RVing pets a weekly brushing, walks them, trims their nails as needed, and generally spoils them.

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