Get rid of puppy fleas in 5 easy steps
You’ll need to treat puppy fleas a bit different than you would a dog, or puppy over 12 weeks of age. You can get rid of fleas on your puppies in 5 easy steps. A puppy 12 weeks old or younger will still need to be treated for fleas if they have them, you’ll just need to take a little bit more time.
When you find fleas on your puppy, there is cause to worry! When a puppy has fleas, they can become anemic and lethargic. This means that your puppy will lose interest in eating and drinking. They won’t be as playful and active as a puppy usually is.
The anemia is caused because the puppy fleas eat 15x’s their body weight. They bite and eat the blood from your puppies circulating blood flow causing the puppy to become anemic.
There is a safe way to get rid of the fleas on your puppy, that doesn’t involve the harsher chemicals that an adult dog can use.
Follow the steps below to safely get rid of puppy fleas:
1. Fill a bathtub or sink, depending on the size of your puppy, with warm water. Be careful that the water isn’t to hot, or cold, your puppy will be in the water for at least 15 minutes. You want to make sure that your puppies entire body can be under the water and only his head will be sticking out.
A very important step to get rid of fleas on your puppy is to let them be submerged in water. This causes the fleas to drown. Since you can’t use the topical treatments, like an older dog would use, this is a very effective way to get the fleas safely off your puppy.
Don’t panic if your puppies fur has a very red tint when you add the water. When the flea eats, it’s eating the blood from your pet. The fleas excretion is black in color and it’s blood. When you add water to your puppies coat, the black droppings turn red because they are actually blood.
2. Use a flea shampoo with oatmeal, that is safe for puppies fleas. The oatmeal will help soothe the puppies skin, especially if he/she has any irritated areas from the fleas.
Squeeze a good amount of the shampoo, starting from the back of your puppies ears, going all the way down the spine. Next you need to rub the shampoo into your puppies skin, making a very good lather. Be sure to get every part of your puppies body, the belly, legs and under the neck.
Using your fingers massage the shampoo into the skin very well. Remember that this is literally smothering the fleas to death because the they can’t get out of the shampoos lather.
You may see fleas up around your puppies face. Use your hand and gently rub your puppies face from the the tip of the nose back, pushing the fleas back toward the water, they will drown.
Now you can rinse the shampoo from your puppy, being sure to push any fleas trying to get away back into the water! Continue pouring water over your puppy, even over his/her face. You are drowning the fleas.
Keep rinsing with the water, even after the shampoo is gone, for about 10 minutes. You are drowning the fleas as you do this, when you drain the water you will see all the dead fleas in the bottom.
3. Now you can take your puppy out of the water. Use a towel and dry her very well with the towel. You don’t want your puppy getting a chill! You could blow dry your puppy as well.
After drying with the towel, you’ll want a flea comb to get the rest of the fleas and flea droppings off your puppy. If using a blow dryer, comb through while drying your puppy. Make sure you rinse the comb after each full combing stroke, you are getting rid of fleas on your puppy, you don’t want to put them back on!
5. You can use a flea collar on a puppy. This is actually a good idea, as you saw while bathing your puppy, the fleas go toward the head of their host, your puppy. Again make sure the collar is safe for a puppy 12 weeks or younger.
If you are experiencing the fleas during cooler weather you should still treat the inside of your home and do the outside in very early spring. The fleas came from somewhere and you need to make sure that the fleas stay away. I have step by step easy to follow instructions to help you do it!
When your puppy in over 12 weeks of age, you may want to consider a monthly flea med to help keep your puppy healthy and flea free.
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