Ace or Ace-Chan (as we have nicknamed him) is a Miniature Australian Shepherd, Blue Merle, with one Blue & one Brownish/Grey Eye!
He was born on January 20th 2010 in Alliston, Ontario (Just about 1.5 hours North of Toronto).
He arrived at his Forever home to his new human mommy & daddy on March 10th, 2010!
Ace now lives with his mommy (me) in New York! Follow us as we start fresh and have adventures in New York!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

This is War!!!

Flea is my Middle Name :P

So this is officially war! 
Little Booger Butt has SO many fleas! I called the Vet & discussed what to do. They mentioned a pill called Capstar.
So...50$ later and a long trek to Petco we got our paws on Capstar!
Capstar is a flea killing pill! You give you pup one pill and within 30 minutes the fleas start to fall off dead! I gave it to him and then he went in his crate...because...seriously I didn't need angry fleas jumping all over the house!
While Ace was in the crate, I sprayed the house and vacuumed! 
Then...when I got him out of his crate about 45 minutes later, there were SOOO many dead fleas in the crate! SO gross!! There were a few still clinging to life...but I killed them! Whew!

Ace then went right into the tub and got a wonderful Flea bath! WITH aloe vera! (for sensitive skin) Ace doesn't really have sensitive skin...he is used to getting bathed weekly (dirty little guy), but I figured the shampoo is probably already harsh enough...
It was pretty nasty....The fleas that did survive were frantic!! I got those little suckers though!! I gave Ace a nice foamy lather and massaged him for a good 5 minutes. When I rinsed, a bunch of dead fleas washed down the drain!! YUCK!

After the bath, to Ace's dismay I picked through his fur...even though he tried to bite me a bunch of times...I don't blame him though...I would bite too if I was infested with fleas....LOL
I found a few that were still alive, but for the most part, they were dead...just latched on! Eeek!
Ace is still itching a bit, but I haven't seen any for now....
I think his skin is just itchy from the bites!

He is due for reapplication of his monthly Revolution spot treatment on the first. I don't want to give it to him now because I feel like it might be TOO much for his body...I don't know how that works really. I like to follow the instructions on the box :)

With the capstar, I can give Ace a pill every 24 hours if they come back or...if they don't I will continue to give him the pills every couple of days to make sure to kill the newly hatched fleas!!
This has been a total nightmare and I am SO exhausted from cleaning everything. I had other plans for tonight, but forget-a-bout-it! I am already in bed watching re-runs of gosh knows what!
Little Ace-Chan sure is a lot of work!!! But I love my little peanut to pieces! 
I just hope we can rid ourselves of this flea issue!! At first I was SO grossed out and didn't want to touch them, but I felt SO bad for my little boy, I sucked it up!
He seems a lot happier now after his treatments :)
I'll make sure to keep everyone updated on our progress with the fleas!!
I really appreciated everyones advice on what to do!! It really helped!


  1. Good to know about Capstar, although Pompei has scared me a couple of times, by randomly biting himself in that frantic, "im being bit" fashion, I think the frontline has kicked in and is killing the few random ones that have bit him. Thankfully none have appeared on the other three dogs in my house, so I'm going to relax a bit I think :)).

    I'm glad you found something that worked!

  2. Our crossed paws hoping that those fleas will DIE DIE DIE!!! Wonder how those fleas infested Ace chan?

  3. Ugh NO GOOD! Charlie had a bout with fleas last month and because he is too young to have Capstar or ANY treatment we are battling the survivors :/ I highly reccomend flea bombing the house.. pet stores sell some that are low odor and only take 2 hours.. After we flea bombed I have only seen one or two fleas on Charlie a week (I comb EVERY night)

    Needless to say we are counting down the days until Aug 16 when the vet says Charlie can have some powerful stuff!!

  4. We FEEL your PAIN! We've had a terrible flea infestation here. We've frontlined, flea bathed, put flea killer on our carpeting and our dogs just can't seem to get rid of them. Suka is faring the best of the three, probably because his fur is so thick it's hard for them to dig in there, but our other dogs even have bare chew spots on them. I just keep doing the best I can and look forward to fall when the flea season is over! We may end up having to flea bomb the house, but we also have kitties that don't go outdoors and it might be a little difficult to do, but that is last resort!

  5. What a nightmare! I sure hope your battle with the fleas is about over! Poor Ace - may he never in his life experience another flea!

  6. Ugh! Fleas are no doubt one of the major methods of pestilence sent to drive everyone on earth straight out of their minds! There is a medication that is part of heartworm preventive that causes fleas to be unable to reproduce...a good thing.
    Lots of luck!


  7. So- I was asking about fleas at the vet the other day, because kirby is on revolution, but he still bites at his legs every so often like he's being bitten. The vet said that's normal in fuzzy little ones every now and then... but she said the true test is to watch his poop! I guess if they catch/eat the fleas they can get worms- tapeworms. Revolution doesn't protect against those. :( I know, it's not fun. It sounds like you're conquering the little beasts though! Good work! Keep it up! You can do it! :P

  8. Poor Ace!! Poor YOU!

    Isn't that Capstar amazing? I had a black lab that was actually allergic to fleas. He could have 1 tiny flea and would break out in rashes and hives all over his body. He was miserable! i don't remember where on earth he got them from, but one day he was covered in them. That Capstar pill immediately killed them all. I had wished they sold it by the bottle instead of individual pills. It's well worth the money. Well, you and the baby should get out of the house and flea bomb the hell out of it.

  9. I salute you General! To battle you went and persevered until you captured and killed all of the enemy forces. They will name roads, cities, even tall buildings after you and your heroic efforts!

    Carry on!

  10. great job!! i will have to remember that capstar in case dash ever gets fleas...

  11. Good luck with the fleas, we sure hate them over here!