It was a FLEA!!!!!
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Are you kidding me?? Two different vets (at the same practice), tons of meds, and some specialty food later, and it's fleas?? I was first annoyed, then horrified. I worked from home today, and after this little discovery there wasn't much working going on. I think bugs, especially ones I can hardly see, are one of my biggest fears. Especially when they take up residence on my pet, in my house.
I have no clue where he picked them up, my first guess is at his obedience class which is at our vet's office located near the grooming/boarding section of the property.
Now I feel like the girl with the STD who has to contact all previous partners, since I have to email/call our friends who have brought their dogs over recently. I am super freaked and think the fleas are going to get on me. Ick!
I gave him a flea bath, and then picked up his new Advantix (he's had both frontline and advantix since we got him, but somehow still got fleas! the horror!) Well, apparently now we have to wait 2 days to give him the Advantix, because of the flea bath. I wish they'd mentioned this prior to me giving him a bath.
Think our home owner's would cover burning the house down for this? It seems totally rational to me. Can't we just start over? This house had a good run.
Also, my poor cat is upstairs in a bedroom being quarantined from the mess that is this house. We are sprinkling equal parts salt + baking soda onto the carpet, then vaccuuming it up with a flea collar in the vaccuum. We have the vet's receptionist to thank for this helpful tip.
I will be the worst mother when my kid's get lice. I'm finding this whole experience to be pretty traumatic. Please tell me your dog at one time had fleas, and you survived without hiring an expensive exterminator. It will make me feel one thousand times less dirty and infested.