Oct 17, 2019

Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication

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#Kill the fleas by squashing them or putting them in boiling water. It's important to kill any fleas that you remove from the puppy's fur, otherwise they could find their way back and re-infest. You can kill the fleas by squishing them between your fingernails or by dropping them into a cup of boiling water.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 4.jpg|center]]
 
#Kill the fleas by squashing them or putting them in boiling water. It's important to kill any fleas that you remove from the puppy's fur, otherwise they could find their way back and re-infest. You can kill the fleas by squishing them between your fingernails or by dropping them into a cup of boiling water.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 4.jpg|center]]
 
#*If you're using boiling water, make sure to place the cup where the puppy can't reach it, otherwise he could knock it over and burn himself.  
 
#*If you're using boiling water, make sure to place the cup where the puppy can't reach it, otherwise he could knock it over and burn himself.  
#Keep the puppy away from infected bedding and animals. Once you have physically removed the fleas from his fur, the puppy should be free of fleas. However, there is no residual insecticide on his coat to stop new fleas from jumping onto him. Therefore it is important to keep the puppy away from his mother and any infected bedding until they can be treated. This will help to prevent the puppy from becoming reinfected.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 5.jpg|center]]
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#Keep the puppy away from infected bedding and animals. Once you have physically removed the fleas from his fur, the puppy should be free of fleas. However, there is no residual insecticide on his coat to stop new fleas from jumping onto him. Therefore it is important to keep the puppy away from his mother and any infected bedding until they can be treated. This will help to prevent the puppy from becoming reinfected.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 5.jpg|center]]
 
#Know when it's safe to start using anti-flea products. Once your puppy grows older, his body will be able to handle the ingredients used in anti-flea products and they will be safe to use. Always follow the instructions on the label to find out when it's safe to start using a specific product. Of the licensed anti-flea medications:<ref>https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/flea-and-tick-medicine-for-puppies/</ref>[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#Know when it's safe to start using anti-flea products. Once your puppy grows older, his body will be able to handle the ingredients used in anti-flea products and they will be safe to use. Always follow the instructions on the label to find out when it's safe to start using a specific product. Of the licensed anti-flea medications:<ref>https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/flea-and-tick-medicine-for-puppies/</ref>[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#*Revolution (active ingredient selamectin) can be used in puppies from 7 weeks of age onwards.<ref>https://ift.tt/2MPkTMP>
 
#*Revolution (active ingredient selamectin) can be used in puppies from 7 weeks of age onwards.<ref>https://ift.tt/2MPkTMP>
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#*If the mother is still providing milk for her puppies, certain chemicals can be passed onto the puppies through the milk, which could make them sick. Therefore, it is essential that you only use prescription products designed for use in lactating mothers.
 
#*If the mother is still providing milk for her puppies, certain chemicals can be passed onto the puppies through the milk, which could make them sick. Therefore, it is essential that you only use prescription products designed for use in lactating mothers.
 
#*Some store bought products may be marked as "natural" or "drug free", but this does not mean that they are safe for very young puppies. And even if they don't cause any negative side-effects, natural or herbal products are unlikely to be effective in getting rid of fleas.  
 
#*Some store bought products may be marked as "natural" or "drug free", but this does not mean that they are safe for very young puppies. And even if they don't cause any negative side-effects, natural or herbal products are unlikely to be effective in getting rid of fleas.  
#Use selamectin-based medications on pregnant and lactating mothers. Prescription medications that contain an ingredients called selamectin (such as Revolution and Stronghold) are licensed as being safe for use in pregnant and lactating mothers.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 9.jpg|center]]
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#Use selamectin-based medications on pregnant and lactating mothers. Prescription medications that contain an ingredient called selamectin (such as Revolution and Stronghold) are licensed as being safe for use in pregnant and lactating mothers.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 9.jpg|center]]
#*The medication should be applied to the adult dog's skin, according to the manufacturers instructions, and allowed to dry for several hours before the puppies are allowed to come in contact with the mother.
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#*The medication should be applied to the adult dog's skin, according to the manufacturers' instructions, and allowed to dry for several hours before the puppies are allowed to come in contact with the mother.
#*Selamectin-based medications should only be given in the recommended dosages, and should only be administered topically. When given orally, selamectin was shown to cause foetal abnormalities in rats.<ref>Efficacy of selamectin administered topically to pregnant and lactating female dogs in the treatment and prevention of adult tapeworm (Toxocara canis) infection and flea (Ctenocephalides felis felis) infestations n the dams and their pups.  Yanye-Johnson, Maitland et al. Veterinary Parasitology. 2000 Aug 23:91 (3-4):347-58</ref>  
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#*Selamectin-based medications should only be given in the recommended dosages, and should only be administered topically. When given orally, selamectin was shown to cause foetal abnormalities in rats.<ref>Efficacy of selamectin administered topically to pregnant and lactating female dogs in the treatment and prevention of adult tapeworm (Toxocara canis) infection and flea (Ctenocephalides felis) infestations n the dams and their pups.  Yanye-Johnson, Maitland et al. Veterinary Parasitology. 2000 Aug 23:91 (3-4):347-58</ref>  
 
#Avoid using medications containing fipronil and spinosad, as these are unsafe for lactating mothers. There are several ingredients used commonly in anti-flea medications that should never be given to pregnant or lactating dogs. Therefore, it's important to read the label very careful or consult with your dog's vet to avoid using products containing these ingredients.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 10.jpg|center]]
 
#Avoid using medications containing fipronil and spinosad, as these are unsafe for lactating mothers. There are several ingredients used commonly in anti-flea medications that should never be given to pregnant or lactating dogs. Therefore, it's important to read the label very careful or consult with your dog's vet to avoid using products containing these ingredients.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 10.jpg|center]]
 
#*An ingredient called fipronil (which is found in an anti-flea product called Frontline) should never be used on pregnant or lactating mothers, as it has not been proven safe for puppies.
 
#*An ingredient called fipronil (which is found in an anti-flea product called Frontline) should never be used on pregnant or lactating mothers, as it has not been proven safe for puppies.
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=== Treating the Environment ===
 
=== Treating the Environment ===
#Understand the life cycle of the flea. The adult flea only visits its host to feed, so for every flea you see on the pet, it is estimated that another 20 are living off the animal in her bedding, the carpet and the sofa.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 11.jpg|center]]
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#Understand the life cycle of the flea. The adult flea only visits its host to feed, so for every flea you see on the pet, it is estimated that another 20 are living off the animal in her bedding, the carpet, and the sofa.[[Image:Get Rid of Fleas on a Puppy Too Young for Normal Medication Step 11.jpg|center]]
 
#*It is also important to be aware that the female flea lays her eggs on soft furnishings such as carpet and upholstery. These eggs are very hardy and, in the absence of a suitable host, can lie dormant for years.  
 
#*It is also important to be aware that the female flea lays her eggs on soft furnishings such as carpet and upholstery. These eggs are very hardy and, in the absence of a suitable host, can lie dormant for years.  
 
#*Once the eggs hatch, the flea larvae and pupae will develop in carpet or bedding, feeding off dirt in order to complete their life cycle and become adults.  
 
#*Once the eggs hatch, the flea larvae and pupae will develop in carpet or bedding, feeding off dirt in order to complete their life cycle and become adults.  
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#*Spray the insecticide onto the carpet, sofa and other soft furnishings according to the instructions on the label. The permethrins in the spray work by paralyzing the insects' nervous systems, interfering with muscle function and eventually causing death. Insects are unable to breakdown pyrethroids in the same way mammals can and are therefore far more sensitive to their effects
 
#*Spray the insecticide onto the carpet, sofa and other soft furnishings according to the instructions on the label. The permethrins in the spray work by paralyzing the insects' nervous systems, interfering with muscle function and eventually causing death. Insects are unable to breakdown pyrethroids in the same way mammals can and are therefore far more sensitive to their effects
 
#*Always remove the puppies, along with any other pets (including birds and fish) or children from the room before spraying with insecticide. Following the treatment, ventilate the room for several hours by opening the window, making sure the room is unoccupied.
 
#*Always remove the puppies, along with any other pets (including birds and fish) or children from the room before spraying with insecticide. Following the treatment, ventilate the room for several hours by opening the window, making sure the room is unoccupied.
 
   
 
== Tips ==  
 
== Tips ==  


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