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Getting Rid of Puppy Fleas: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Ok, I will be the first to admit it. We recently had a flea problem – a serious puppy flea problem that we just couldn’t control. Worst of all, my kids were starting to complain of itchy bites on their ankles, and although we couldn’t find the culprits at first I had a good idea of what was happening. Getting rid of puppy fleas is serious business and there are a few things to consider before you get started on the battle to return your puppy to full health.

Treating puppy fleas is not the same as treating adult dog fleas

Unfortunately many store bought flea treatment options are not ideal for young puppies.

What are fleas?

According to Wikipedia a flea is a small wingless jumping insect which feeds on the blood of mammals and birds. They are not much bigger than a pin head and can definitely jump. Not sure whether you are looking at a flea infestation? Check out this guide: https://www.orkin.com/other/fleas/

How do you know your puppy has fleas?

Usually you will see them on the skin, especially on the belly where they are easier to see (less fur). You will probably first realise your puppy has fleas when they start scratching constantly or even get a few bites yourself when near your pet or the pets bedding.

What does a flea outbreak look like in your home?

You will know you have a flea outbreak when you and your family start scratching or the infestation has spread to all your pets. When you have a whole house flea infestation you will need to not only treat the pets but carefully clean pet areas, bedding, carpets and soft furnishing to get rid of the flea eggs (or the infestation will continue).

Flea treatment for Puppies under 6 weeks old

Because flea treatment chemicals are made for older dogs it can be quite labour intensive to treat puppy flea treatments. For pups younger than 6 weeks, you will need to groom your puppy with a flea comb. Flea combs are very easy to use however take extra care if your Yorkie Poo has particularly curly hair. An alternative strategy could be to pick the puppies fleas off with tweezers.




2 thoughts on “Getting Rid of Puppy Fleas: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

  1. Use the dish detergent – Dawn. It’s gentle (I water it down in a separate container) and used to clean up tanker oil spills – for the wildlife and water. It kills fleas and not harmful to your dog.

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