Be sure you are ready and know what to do when your puppy gets fleas. It is best to be prepared so you will know the signs and what to look for and hopefully, catch this problem early before it grows into a more severe problem.
When you have a puppy, chances are you will find yourself in need of ridding them of fleas at least once. Below are a few suggestions to help you with the task.
Look for Signs of Fleas in and Around the House as well as on Your Puppy
If you do have a flea infestation start your line of defense with a good, thorough cleaning of your house. Wash all bedding yours as well as your puppy’s. Be very careful with your choice of flea removal products as some of them are too toxic for a puppy. Even though it would be nice to use the same flea product on your puppy and around your home, this may not be safe. Check with your vet for a recommendation that would be a good remedy for your puppy and for your home without causing harm to your puppy. Fleas are just one of the various external parasites that can affect your puppy. Do your homework so you will know what to do about fleas and other parasites.
Keep an Eye on Your Pet
Watch your pet for common signs and symptoms of a flea infestation. Some of the signs include excessive biting and scratching, particularly around the tail and lower back areas. Check for raw patches of skin where your puppy may have been scratching at fleas for some time. Another bit of evidence is “flea debris,” specks of dried blood that are black in color.
Flea Collars and Powders
If you have caught the problem early, it may be possible to eliminate fleas by using flea collars and powders. There are many brands and to choose from, however, stick with what your vet has recommended. Some of these products contain a special comb with fine teeth that are designed to remove fleas from fur. Be sure to check the warnings on the labels of these products to be sure they are safe for puppies.
It’s helpful to bathe your pet frequently using a specially formulated soap or treatment. It’s necessary to take into consideration the type of fur or coat your pet has when bathing. This is particularly true for puppies as some breeds have essential oils that shouldn’t be washed away with soap and water more than once or twice a year. If bathing in a flea bath isn’t an option for your pet, consult your vet for other alternatives.
There are pills available for your pet to take on a monthly basis that will prevent fleas from reproducing, but they do not kill the ones that have already reached adulthood. There are also multi-purpose medications and products available that are designed to prevent fleas from reproducing as well as controlling heartworm, hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms.
Be Proactive in Preventing Further Flea Infestations
In some cases where the flea infestation is particularly bad and you are finding flea bites on yourself and seeing fleas on your carpet, it may be necessary to spray the inside of the home and around the yard while you and your puppy go to a hotel for a couple of days until the spray is no longer toxic. Once you have taken measures to remove the fleas from your home and your yard and your puppy, then it would be good to get him on a monthly regime to prevent the infestation from returning.
Fleas will always exist, but with careful planning and proper treatment, they need not become a problem for you or your pet.