Thursday, September 3, 2009

Attack of the Fleas

Aaron called me at work a few nights ago to inform me our dog, Sadie, is infested with fleas. So, after work, I went to Walmart to figure out what I could get to get rid of the little buggers. I sat in the aisle for about a half an hour reading all of the labels and packages. We have Sadie, our dog, but we also have two cats. And of course you cannot use the same stuff on both types of pets. Especially since our dog weighs about 5 times that of either one of the cats. I am not a real big fan of unnatural products and pesticides, but I don't think I have much choice on this one. I will not have my house infested with fleas.

So Thursday morning, bright and early, I started cleaning. I did laundry since about 7:00 in the morning. So far, all the dog's bedding has made it through. I then had to give the dog a flea bath outside. She was stuck in her crate until she dried out or she
would have just rolled around in the dirt where she probably got the fleas in the first place. In fact, I know she would, because about mid-shampoo she got away from me and did just that.

I then had to go inside and give our two cats flea shampoo baths. Amazingly enough our cats do really well with baths. Although, they were a little scared that I had on rubber gloves. There were toxic warnings about the shampoo being absorbed through your skin and I am pregnant, so I wasn't taking any chances. I am sure the cats also really enjoyed being yelled at by Thomas who thought he was cheering them on while they were in the tub.

Here are some pictures of our poor soggy cats.

I then had to vacuum the carpets in the house and the couch, wash all of our bedding, and sweep the hard floors through the rest of the house. I sure hope that does it. I don't want to have to clean for a few weeks again, but according to everything I have read I need to keep up the vacuuming a few times a week until the fleas are gone.