10 week old puppy with fleas

Does your new best friend have fleas? If so, you don’t have to worry. Several years ago, I gave my girlfriend a dog as her birthday present, and it had fleas. I searched and searched the internet, but couldn’t find any good information on how to get rid of fleas in puppies under a certain age (including when the puppy is only a week old). Fortunately, the dog is gone now – and I thought that my experiences would help someone else out there, especially if they’re trying to get rid of fleas on a puppy under 12 weeks old or under 8 weeks old. The dreaded flea has gotten the best of you and your little bundle of joy! Luckily, there are safe and effective flea treatments for puppies that work. I am a veterinarian with experience treating many puppies with fleas. It’s important to remember that some flea treatments need to be used in conjunction with each other to maximize effectiveness so make sure to do your research beforehand.

10 week old puppy with fleas

Hi, I have a 10 week old puppy and he has fleas. I don’t know what to give him, I heard that dawn soap works but I’m afraid to put it on because he licks things. What should I do?

There are several safe and effective options.

As a general rule, you should never use a flea product on a puppy that isn’t labeled for use in puppies. There is no reason to be afraid of Dawn, it works very well in killing fleas and is safe on puppies 8 weeks and older. If it’s available then I would give my puppy an advantage treatment with the next dose in two weeks at 10 weeks of age. Then monthly until 6 months old then every other month.

You should also treat your home for fleas, either by bombing or spraying the house or treating your yard or both. Fleas breed year-round if there are hosts available so don’t be fooled into thinking that once it starts getting cold you can relax and think your problem will go away on its own.

What can you recommend so that my puppy doesn’t get fleas?

For younger puppies, we recommend using a product that kills fleas and ticks, such as Trifexis or Revolution. However, before giving your puppy any medication, please consult with your veterinarian to see if it would be safe for your puppy.

Trifexis is a monthly chewable tablet given orally to dogs 8 weeks of age and older. It is important to note that the recommended dose for dogs under 10 pounds is half of the 10-20 pound range’s dose.

Revolution requires a prescription from your veterinarian but can be applied topically every 30 days.

Hartz UltraGuard Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs and Puppies, 7 Month Flea and Tick Protection and Prevention Per Collar, White, Up to 15 Inch Neck
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  • Fresh scented
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Item Dimensions
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Width 10.5 Inches
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K9 advantix II Flea and Tick Prevention for Small Dogs, 4-10 Pounds, green (86145855)
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  • Starts working to kill fleas within 12 hours and keeps working for 30 days
  • Suitable for effective year-round dog flea and tick treatment for small dogs

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Adams Plus Flea & Tick Foaming Shampoo & Wash for Dogs & Puppies 10 oz
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Features :

  • Kills fleas, ticks, flea eggs, flea larvae, and lice
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  • For dogs and puppies over 12 weeks of age
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Height 8.38 Inches
Width 2.2 Inches
Length 2.2 Inches
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Veterinary Formula Solutions Puppy Love Extra Gentle Tearless Shampoo, 17 oz – Safe for Puppies Over 6 Weeks –Puppy Shampoo with Fresh Scent, Long-Lasting Clean – Cleanses Without Drying Delicate Skin
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Item Dimensions
Height 2.75 Inches
Width 7 Inches
Length 2.75 Inches
Weight 1.25 Pounds
Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Treatment for Dogs (Small Dog, 5-22 Pounds, 3 Doses)
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Features :

  • Waterproof flea and tick treatment for dogs: Frontline Plus for Dogs provides waterproof, fast-acting, long-lasting flea and tick treatment and control for your dog. This product is approved for use on dogs 5-22 lbs.
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Color orange
Item Dimensions
Height 4.5 Inches
Width 0.75 Inches
Length 5.75 Inches
Weight 0.8 Pounds

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