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Controlling Fleas on Puppies

  
 

My Puppy Has Fleas! What Do I Do?


Some products that kill fleas on dogs can also be used on puppies as young as 4 weeks. For pups younger than 4 weeks, you will need to groom your puppy with a flea comb, or pick fleas off with a tweezers. Be sure to keep the pups warm while you're working with them; wash the bedding; vacuum the surroundings; and treat the mother.

Fleas can remove enough blood to make puppies anemic, so confirm your pup's gums are pink.

Watch for rice-like dried tapeworm segments at the rectum or in the stool in the next several weeks because fleas carry tapeworms.

  
Puppies can be treated using popular flea treatments Program Tablets and Capstar as young as 4 weeks of age
  

Flea Treatments for Puppies

  • Products that kill adult fleas now
  • Products that affect flea offspring-the eggs and larvae

Some flea control products may fit in both categories. Flea control products that affect flea eggs and larvae are called insect growth regulators (IGRs). IGRs are effective in controlling a flea infestation because they prevent flea eggs and larvae from developing into adult fleas. This process helps to end the flea life cycle, and reduces the risk of future flea infestations.

 

Flea Treatments for Puppies That Kill Adult Fleas Only

Puppy's Minimum Age for First Application Product Fleas Ticks Intestinal Worms Ear Mites Route
4 weeks / 2 lbs of weight Capstar Adult       Oral
4 weeks
Sentinel Adult   Roundworms
Hookworms
Whipworms
  Oral
7 weeks Advantage Multi Adult

  Hookworms
Roundworms
Whipworms
  Topical
8 weeks Flea4X for Dogs Adult

Ticks     Topical
 

Flea Treatments for Puppies That Kill Flea Adults, Eggs and Larvae (IGRs)

Puppy's Minimum Age for first application Product Fleas Ticks Intestinal Worms Ear Mites Route
6 weeks Revolution Adult
Eggs
Ticks   Ear Mites Topical
7 weeks Advantage II Adult
Eggs
Larvae
      Topical
7 weeks K9 Advantix II Adult
Eggs
Larvae
Ticks     Topical
8 weeks Figroguard Plus for Dogs Adult
Eggs
Larvae
Ticks     Topical
8 weeks Frontline Plus Adult
Eggs
Larvae
Ticks     Topical
 
  

 
 
   
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