How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask NancyH Your Own Question

NancyH
NancyH, Dog Expert:Rescue, Train,Breed,Care
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 31957
Experience:  30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics
127115
Type Your Dog Question Here...
NancyH is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog has little black sand like things all over her. I ...

Resolved Question:

My dog has little black sand like things all over her. I keep picking them off. They feel like sand. I bought a tube of the Advantage and applied it on her yeterday. I thought maybe it was flee eggs but they are black. She lays in my bed with me on her own yellow blanket. This morning the blacket was full of black spots and I am washing all the bed clothes again today. I also bought a spray for the house all from the vets office but I could not afford to pay for an examination for her.
Can you please help me?

Optional Information:
Age: 5; Female; Breed: Terrier Mix

Already Tried:
Advantage





Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
What you are seeing is probably what is called flea dirt and the spots from last night are dead fleas. The flea dirt is the results of fleas biting and digesting the blood and passing a stool.
The Advantage and house spray were just what you needed to be doing for your pet.
You may need to worm her for tape worms once the fleas are gone as fleas carry those parasites.
You can just bring a fresh stool sample to the vet when you can afford it and have it checked for worms.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Great.
How long will it take for them to go away?
I applied the Vantage yesterday.
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
Advantage kills 98-100 percent of fleas within 12 hours of application. So that takes care of the ones on the dog.
Next plan a short walk for you and the dog and spray the house with the spray you bought and go for a walk while it settles. Read directions on how to apply it. Do the whole house and any places the dog sleeps.
Then you can really brush out your dog to get rid of any flea dirt or eggs or you can wash your dog with a gentle dog shampoo (not one with flea killer in it as that is not needed) to clean her up.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: She is still full of the things.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Can I use my own shampoo for her? I don't want to wash out the Advantage.
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
Until the house is flea free more are going to hop on her. They too may die in 12 hours or so
Dead fleas and flea dirt may stick in the coat.
Advantage shouldn't wash out but a dog shampoo is better than human ones for dog skin and fur.
If you have any Murphy's Oil Soap that is safe to use on dogs.
You could just brush her every day until you are sure all fleas are gone from your home.
NancyH, Dog Expert:Rescue, Train,Breed,Care
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 31957
Experience: 30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics
NancyH and 7 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Dog Specialist
NancyH
NancyH
20957 Satisfied Customers
30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics