Fleas are pesky creatures that can make your puppy’s life a living hell.
Of course, you should always bring your dog to the vet, but until the time of your appointment, your puppy is going to continue to suffer. Here’s how you can help in the meantime:
Why are fleas bad for puppies?
You are encouraged to get flea treatments for your puppy because they can be a great nuisance, and can put your puppy’s life at risk. These bloodsuckers feed on their blood and can cause anemia, or spread tapeworms which can sap nutrients from your puppy or cause stomach blockage. They can also cause skin irritation and infection, all of which can become fatal.
When should flea treatment begin?
Flea treatment is encouraged for puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Puppies younger than 8 weeks should be bathed in some dish soap, like Dawn, no more than once every two weeks, to help get rid of fleas.
How to treat a flea-infested puppy
If you spot fleas on your puppy, the quickest way to get rid of them is by using a flea comb and flea shampoo. Most treatments take a few hours to start working, so a fine teeth flea comb can grab the fleas, their eggs, and their dirt immediately to help offer some relief. Preventive flea shampoo should also be kept in your home to prevent them from coming back.
How to prevent fleas in your home
If your puppy has fleas, chances are they are in your home, and this means they can reattach to your dog after treatment. Ensure you clean your house thoroughly to get rid of fleas, eggs, and larvae in every crevice and corner. This includes discarding anything you can, plus washing and drying fabrics. Vacuum other pieces of furniture such as couches, mattresses, rugs, and curtains every day for 14 days, while applying home flea treatment. Do not allow your dog into these areas until you are satisfied they are flea-free. If possible, ring up an exterminator.