I know I'm applying it correctly. Even going above and beyond in application. However, it's still messy and my dog still has fleas.
First off, my dog's fur is the worst. She's a cattle dog mix
with thick, coarse fur that doesn't part easily. I use a fine-tooth comb to part her fur and apply FP in two horizontal rows (a vertical line down her back is literally impossible with her even thicker neck "ruff"). This is the only way I can get down to the skin and I do. Then I literally keep her in a down-stay for at least 20 minutes. This last time I kept her in a down-stay (she just falls asleep, no sweat) for the entirety of a Breaking Bad episode. And yet, when she's allowed to go free and lay on her side, it runs off her back
onto the carpet or her bed. So that's pretty useless.
About 10 days ago she was itching at a spot like mad so I combed her and found 3 fleas. I gave her a flea bath and deep cleaned my apartment. I've vacuumed almost every day since, today I boraxed the carpet/vac'd the remainder, I applied the aforementioned flea treatment 3 days after her bath as per the instructions, and 2 days ago I sprayed the cat and dog with an all-natural flea spray with great reviews. I've been finding a flea or 2 about every other day on her and the cat. I think I'm handling this minor infestation correctly and I'm sure we'll get through this round without having to bomb the apartment, but I'm dissatisfied with FP--it's been almost a week since application, why are fleas still hatching and biting/not dying on her?
Are there any oral or collar alternatives that come even close to the supposed effectiveness of FP? Should I just bathe her once a week during flea season instead? I should say I've used FP for the lives of previous animals without this much hassle and to great effectiveness--I'm not knocking the product except in her specific case. She's up for shots soon so I may request my vet apply a dose of Revolution to her, but I honestly do not want to afford Revolution in the long run. Will consider it if that's the right move, but that still requires topical application.