Puppy Fleas

Puppy Flea Prevention - Fleas on your puppy are a great threat and can cause anemia (in addition to the many diseases they can transmit). If your puppy has fleas, you may want to seek professional advice from your veterinarian. If your dog is due to have pups, then flea prevention may be a good idea so that the newborns will not be infested after birth. These nasty pests prey on the vulnerable and those with low immune systems, so young puppies that aren’t fully developed are an easy target.

Puppy Flea Control - If the puppy is still with the mother, then it is very likely that the mother dog will be infested (and probably the area they live and sleep in). You will need to eradicate the parasites carefully as to not harm the pup, but also concentrate on thoroughly cleaning and exterminating any fleas that are dwelling nearby or on other house pets or generally around the home. See our pet flea control page for ideas. This is a very important control method, as there is no point treating your puppy and then placing them straight back into an environment which has fresh parasites waiting to pounce back on.

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Puppy Flea Treatment - If you are looking to tackle the problem at home by yourself the following are recorded as not advisable - collars, powders, essential oils and any chemicals. You could begin by giving your pup a comb outdoors away from the house. It is advised that this is done outside of the home so that the fleas don’t jump straight out and into your furniture - you can always treat your yard afterwards. Next it is advised that the pup is given a warm bath. Before starting, it is recommended that you wear some type of protective gloves to avoid getting bites yourself. Also the assistance of a second person is always a good move, if you can convince a friend to help. Have a separate bowl of soapy hot water aside to put any fleas in that you (or your assistant) may catch whilst the bathing takes place.

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How to get rid of Puppy Fleas - Softly bathe the pup in warm water with a soft dish detergent. Don’t make the bath too deep as although you want to submerge them, you want to keep their head out of the water to not cause any panic. A perfect place to perform this is the kitchen sink, as most puppies will fit comfortably. Ensure you wash the entire body, but avoid getting soap in their eyes. Don’t place the puppies head under the water - even if you see fleas working their way up the body to dry ground. Do so for at least a few minutes. Systematically pick off any dead fleas on the puppy that remain and drop them in to the hot soapy water put aside for drowning. Rinse all the soap off and repeat if necessary until all the fleas are gone. If the soap doesn’t kill them then drowning in the water should. Once clean, wrap the puppy up in a towel and pat-dry them. You (or your assistant!) will now need to thoroughly clean the area and any towels used. Now, gently comb the puppy with a clean flea comb - this is done as a further precaution, as although you think you may have spotted all the fleas it is likely some could remain. To help capture any crafty remaining parasites, smear Vaseline on the base of the combs teeth as the fleas will stick and are less likely to escape.

Puppy with Fleas

Be Safe! If the puppy is older than eight weeks old, there are commercial products that are meant to be safe to use, however always consult your veterinarian before pursuing this route. The veterinarian will be familiar with the products in the market and should be able to advise what to use and what not to use. Whichever method you use, be as gentle as possible to not cause the pup any further distress, any bites will already have made them irritable and uncomfortable.

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