Fleas are nearly invisible parasites that will cause your puppy to itch. They can transmit disease, pass on a tapeworm or even cause anemia, especially in vulnerable youngsters. Without proper flea treatment for puppies, fleas can infiltrate your home and bite people.
Fleas are hard to spot with the naked eye, but your puppy will exhibit symptoms such as scratching, biting and gnawing of the skin. By the time you actually see the fleas, you likely will have a full-blown infestation. If you suspect your puppy is harboring unwanted guests, wash her in a bathtub and rub your hands up and down her coat to look for flea "dirt," dark dots that are actually flea excrement. Drop tap water on the dots. If the color red develops, you've got a problem.
Puppy Flea-Control Treatment Myths
Some believe that you can rid your puppy of fleas by feeding her onion or garlic. And though she might eat these foods, they might actually produce a toxic reaction. Furthermore, feeding puppies brewer's yeast or applying it to the skin will have no effect on fleas and may be harmful.
Prescription Flea-Prevention Products
Scientists have developed both topical and oral prescription medications from your veterinarian that prevent fleas from biting and reproducing. They are administered once per month. Topical and oral products can provide immediate relief and prevent future outbreaks.
Preventive care and flea treatment is the best way to ensure your puppy lives a healthy, happy life. Schedule visits with your vet as he or she deems necessary, and your puppy will have the care she needs to be your best friend for a lifetime.