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Another quick bath

I have to say these quick baths aren’t 100% successfull. I had to give Hoshi a complete bath last week because they were on various parts of his body. Tonight I noticed flea dirt around his scrotum. I placed him in his tub and throughly cleaned the area with a warm soapy washcloth. I removed at least 2 fleas in the process because they were on the washcloth. It took 22 minutes to wash and dry the area. Hoshi can get another application of Frontline Plus in 4 days.

Difficulty sleeping is a clue there might be fleas. Hoshi kept scratching his bed last night trying to get comfortable. The flea dirt is a dead giveaway.

Fleas on washcloth after bath
Fleas after quick bath
fleas on washcloth after bath
Another view of fleas

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Quick flea baths

I’ve been having good luck getting rid of fleas I find on Hoshi. I put Hoshi in his tub and wash his groin with a warm soapy cloth. It takes 10-20 minutes to wash and towel dry him.

I discovered fleas favor Hoshi’s genitals. That’s where I find them or flea dirt. Their speed makes them difficult to catch with a flea comb. I find baths work well on fleas but it’s time consuming bathing and drying off a long-haired breed.

The quick baths have been effective days and weeks later.

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Gave Hoshi a bath

His bath was long overdue and I found a flea on him yesterday. I did the bare minimum trim to keep him cool and clean. One nail was especially long. They wear uneven. The others didn’t need trimming. I had to give him three treats just to trim that nail.

Pieces of Hoshi’s toenail demonstrating how long it was
So much trouble for one nail
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Fleas even with Frontline Plus

It had only been 10 days since using Frontline on Hoshi and I noticed him scratching. I also noticed flea dirt and fleas on his scrotum during his trim yesterday so I used Hartz UltraGuard Plus flea shampoo on him. I’m not sure if the Frontline didn’t work or if he picked up more fleas outside. He’s seems comfortable now.

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Bath time for Hoshi

I found a flea on Hoshi last week and decided he needed a flea bath. Hoshi’s in his summer cut. I notice when I blow dry him he has hundreds of little growths/moles all over his back. Two are the size of match head. I’ll keep an eye on them. Hoshi’s hair is so fine I get “splinters” in my hand from grooming him. I have to be careful and use a brush instead of my hand to clean the grooming table. One cocker is plenty when it comes to grooming. My back aches afterwards.