I'm so happy to hear that your dad seems to be getting ready to find puppy love again! Please talk to your vet before you flea bomb the house. those chemicals can be very dangerous, and they're not always that effective. Our vet told us that if you use one of the prescription flea drops on the animal (Advantage, Frontline, etc.), it not only treats the fleas on the animal, but also in the environment. Here's why: The medication acts like birth control for fleas, sterilizing them so they cannot reproduce. As the fleas in the house get on the animal and bite, more and more of them are unable to reproduce, so they die off naturally. It worked for us, and I know other people who have had serious flea problems, and it has worked for them too. We had a terrible flea infestation several years ago after we let astray stay kitty stay in our office for a few days. It wasn't long until the entire house was filled with fleas. I bought some flea bombs and as I was getting ready to use them when I read the label, and it scared me a lot. Those products can interact with each other (the bombs with the collars, the collars with the sprays and baths, etc.), and those interactions can have deadly consequences. I asked the vet about it and he gave me the advice above. It's important to use the real stuff that's prescribed by your vet, not the over the counter stuff. The cheap stuff will cost you more in the long run, and it is not as safe as the veterinary quality products. The vet will want to see the animal first as a safety measure. Please do it this way. It's the safest way for the new dog and for all of you who live there and have to breathe the air and have contact with the furniture and linens. In the long run, it's a lot cheaper than buying bomb after bomb, spray after spray, collar after collar, and then doing it all over again. Once the fleas are gone there are healthier, more natural ways to keep them at bay. Google "natural flea repellents" and you will find all kinds of pretty plants you can plant in the yard that will keep it flea free. Sorry to go on for so long, but I want your next experience to be a safe and happy one for many years to come. ;-)
My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)
"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley
BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery