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How to deal with fleas on your puppy

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Fleas don't care how old your dog is before they start biting. Find out why using a flea treatment for puppies is so important.

Fleas are parasites that feed on blood. Their bites quickly cause discomfort, prompting scratching which can potentially lead to infection. In very young puppies there is the potential for anaemia and in extreme cases it can prove fatal.

There are a number of ways to deal with the fleas once they’ve taken hold, but it’s important to know what you’re doing. Using some flea treatments on an animal that is too young can be harmful. Stick to the rules, know what you’re up against, and your puppy can be effectively protected against fleas.
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Puppies 8 weeks and younger
Flea treatment for puppies under 8 weeks of age should be approached with caution because many products are often unsuitable for dogs this young. The best approach instead is to be proactive, taking preventative steps so the fleas don’t get a look-in.

Treating the mother appropriately for fleas, as well as keeping any bedding clean, changing it regularly and vacuuming thoroughly will help. At the same time you could maintain a daily routine of gentle flea combing with a pet-safe flea comb. It’s great for pet bonding, too. If you do see fleas in such young puppies ask your vet for advice on suitable products.

Older puppies
Puppies older than eight weeks are now old enough to use effective preventative flea treatments like Advantage.

Advantage is a flea preventative that comes in the form of drops applied from a tube straight to the animal’s skin. It provides comprehensive flea protection by killing adult fleas on the pet and larval fleas in the pet’s surroundings wherever the pet goes. The active ingredient can kill fleas through contact, which means fleas don't have to bite your pet to die. Fleas are killed within 24 hours.

Did you know…
Fleas reverse direction every time they jump. That's like you taking every second step backwards, which is an excellent way to get very dizzy.

Find out more about Advantage spot-on treatments here.