There is nothing more precious than a bunch of two week old puppies. They are playful, cuddly, inquisitive, and soft. During this time period the puppies will still be with their mother. If the mother dog has fleas, you can be pretty sure she is going to pass it on to those adorable puppies. Since the puppies are so young, they cannot take prescription medication to get rid of the fleas. Still, you don't want to sit back and watch the puppies suffer and constantly scratch at their fur. There is something you can do to get rid of those fleas that won't harm the puppies at all.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Flea Comb
- Dish Soap
- Cedar Shavings
- Pine Needles
- Lavender Oil
- Cedar Wood Oil
- Spray Bottle
Fill a bowl with warm water and a teaspoon of dish soap. Then gather a napkin and a flea comb. Flea combs are sold at all pet stores.
Sit the puppy on your lap and dip the comb in the soapy water. Then comb the puppy's hair from the skin on out. Make sure to wipe the comb off after each strand of hair. Do this with each puppy to remove the fleas that are on the puppy.
Begin repelling the fleas in your area by spreading cedar shavings and pine needles around your house and property line. Fleas hate the smell and won't come near it.
Kill all of the existing fleas in your home by shaking salt all over the carpets. Leave the salt on the carpets overnight and then vacuum it up in the morning. The salt will damage the skeleton of the fleas and cause them to die. You can keep your dog and puppies in your bedroom overnight and then use the salt in your bedroom during the day.
Make a homemade flea spray. Fill a spray bottle with water. Add four drops each of cedar wood oil and lavender oil to the spray bottle. Shake the bottle up and spray your puppies with this solution three to four times per day. It is totally safe and will get rid of any remaining fleas.
Tips and warnings
- Give your puppies a bath. Keep the puppy shampoo on the puppies for at least 5 minutes. Fleas cannot survive in soapy water.
- Do not use Advantage or Frontline on your puppies until they are older than six months.