Safe Ways to Get Rid of Fleas on Puppies

By Michelle Miley


No dog enjoys having fleas, but fleas on puppies can be fatal. Fleas bite an animal and then drink its blood. Puppies do not have that much blood in their bodies because they are so small. This means a flea infestation can cause a puppy to develop anemia and die if left untreated. Although most commercial flea control products contain chemicals that can be harmful to a puppy and cannot be used on young animals, there are some things that you can do to remove fleas from your puppy safely.

Step 1

Check the puppy's gums for signs of anemia. A dog's gums should be pink. If your puppy's gums are pale or white the animal is likely anemic and needs to see a vet immediately. Anemia can kill puppies.

Step 2

Bathe the puppy. Give the puppy a thorough bath in warm water and some mild dish soap. Be very careful not to get soap in the puppy's eyes. Dry the puppy with a clean towel.

Step 3

Comb the puppy. After the puppy is dry, spread the towel on the floor and have the puppy stand on it. Use a flea comb to comb through the puppy's fur. Drop any fleas caught in the comb or that fall into the towel into a container of warm, soapy water to kill them.

Step 4

Wash the puppy's bedding in hot water. Wash the puppy's blankets or towels as well to kill any fleas before they can re-infect the puppy.

Step 5

Keep combing and checking. Comb your puppy with a flea comb and check his bedding daily. If the fleas come back the puppy will need another bath. If the flee problem is severe, you may need to keep treating the fleas by bathing and combing the puppy until he is old enough to be dipped or shampooed in a pesticide shampoo. Then be sure to treat your house and yard for fleas.
Comments (3)
Oct 29, 2011 pmonahan
I found your article extremely informative and effective. As a breeder of yellow labs, just recently having 12!, one of the pups went to its new home and now has a few fleas. I referred to your article and helped the new owners. Thank you!!
Dec 31, 2011 marybell
this was very helpful toby is 2lbs 7oz was covered in fleas when we got him gave him a bath & took him to the vets he now has his flea meds. i have found a few fleas on im combing him every few hours to get rid of the pest.
May 13, 2016 lucyfly9
Also food grade diatomaceous earth can be powdered on their coat and bedding to kill fleas. It can also be used for parasites, but should be given for 30 days to kill the whole life cycle. It penetrates the exoskeleton and kills fleas and parasites.
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