You need to stop ng him flea baths so close togeather, his skin will dry, the essential oils won't protect his coat and he will scratch like there's no tomorrow. You can put him in a tub and submerge most of him in warm water, the fleas should make a dive for their lives and they have petsafe conditioners you can spray in to make his coat easier to use a flea comb on as he's drying.
Biggest problem with fleas is the eradication around and inside the house. He can be flea free, walk through the house, pick up several critters and the cycle starts again. Also unhitched eggs still hang around after flea baths and they hatch, cycle begins,
Besides Fido you need to vacuume the house daily, twice a day where the dog sleeps and plays the most. His bedding (the covers) need to be washed. If he has a doggie bed then it needs to be sprayed, placed in a big plastic bag, using the hose attachment suck as much air out if it as possible and let it sit a week. Make sure the beds not wet with the flea spray (pet safe not insecticide) even wash his water and food station, kennel etc. If he's been riding opin your car then it needs to be vacuumed too just to make sure, spray the carpets very lightly as a preventative. Car seats for him should be washed.
Your yard needs to have shorter grass so if it's due for a mow, do so. Fins a pet safe yard spray for ridding of fleas, they are around but not at every store. We picked up a product from our vet that worked week. Our infestation came in on those cute bunnies that run through the garden and yard at night, and I strongly suspected thee squirrels didn't help. To keep the wildlife from the yard and garden, hiding under the steps I make containers for moth balls, the smell can come out, animals and water cannot get in, I stake then in the garden and at the steps where the bunnies like to stay cool and dig little nests. Where they come in from the back fence area we also have a line up of tins filled with balls and staked out. I've made a holder out of soup cans where one fits inside the other, I poke holes in both ends to let the moth ball smell out but water cannot get in, dogs cannot lick or open them. There's also a wire or zip tie or scene holding then shut and mounted 6 inches from the fence. Wildlife stopped raiding my garden, flea infestation became nonexistent.
For the rest if the house if pups on the furniture or not you should wipe it down or vacuume that too, any flat surface. What your trying is to break the luge cycle of hatch, feed, mate, lay and hatch. I believe it's every 8 to 10 days depending on the humidity and heat.
You can also ask your vet about any oral meds that may help, we switched over to oral tablets and have not needed flea collars etc cpsince, however just as a precaution and the fact I have many animals I vacuume every day but I don't spend hours at it, just the dog traffic areas for the most part and a light once over every where else. Also keeps the place pretty hair free.
Good ink, don't get discouraged, many people have this problem eradicating the pests. Took me three months the first time, and when my brothers house was over run about two weeks before we didn't find any.
Over the counter products you have to read the label carefully. One of the pet brands I grew up with and trusted because of the name brand and reputation I discovered from both the vet and the pharmacist that it was watered down insecticide. I had used a carpet spray that was allegedly safe but reading the MSDS sheet found that animals and humans should not come in contact with for 3 days. Some of the shampoos were the same insecticide put in with a conditioning shampoo being labeled as flea bath. Now when I don't know a product I call the vet or one of the animal hospitas and ask if it's safe for dogs, cats and children.
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