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New puppy with fleas

We just brought our long awaited new puppy home a few days ago from a breeder that is highly recommended on this forum. As we were leaving with our new puppy the breeder mentioned to us that our puppy has fleas!!!! We immediately got her into the vet the next morning and had her treated, but I am nervous about what to do moving forward? Do we treat the house? Daily baths? Advice?
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Assuming she was in a her crate overnight and not in your bed or anywhere such as that you should be fine. I would wash whatever bedding you had in the crate and give your house a thorough vacuuming (then toss the bag in the trash outside) but since she went to the vet the next morning I don't think it is necessary to flea bomb your house. Check her daily for fleas and flea dirt. You can usually see it fairly easy on their bellies if it is there. I would worry more about flea bombing the house with a puppy in it to be honest. You should be fine. Just keep checking her and if you find more fleas bathe her again.

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My girl came home with fleas too. It's really hard to see under all the fluff... sadly the breeder had her covered in flea/tick powder that made me sneeze. So between her scratching and my sniffles it was a really long ride home.

1st thing we did when we got home was a bath. Make sure the vet worms her for tapes at some point as this is a result of the fleas. Check into Comformitis, comes from the vet but can't remember the weight / age minimum. This is a monthly flea/tick preventative. I believe Frontline is also safe for puppies but don't remember the min. weight/age for this either.

Check her often for the next few weeks as they sort of cycle but if you don't see anything you should be good without having to do much more.

If you have other animals be sure they are also on preventative. You will also want to pick up the pooh so it doesn't spread to the other pets.

Enjoy your puppy and sorry you have to deal with this.
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I'd give a bath if you have already done & carefully go through her hair. Since the breeder acknowledged she had fleas, what recommendations were made to treat and/or what has the breeder already done to the pup prior to sending it home with you? Curious as to who the breeder is.


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Good point SheetsSM! My breeder refused to acknowledge the fleas (and tick) so never thought to suggest talking with the breeder. Good catch, thanks!
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Thank you for the piece of mind. The breeder told us that she gave her a flea and tick bath before pick up and when I get home I should just spray her with some all natural flea spray, which unfortunately didn't do much. Although she was treated at the vet the next day I still spotted fleas on her 48 hours later. She seems to be doing better now, I was worried that I was too late in treating her and I wasn't able to get ahead of the problem.
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Most vets or groomers usually give a Capstar tablet for the fleas, they will usually fall off in about 20 minutes. You can purchase at any pet supply or Walmart. They are usually only good for about 24/48 hrs. It's a little expensive to use it as a preventive but can certainly use it when if you see more, it will kill whatever critters on on them at the time.

If you didn't have fleas before there shouldn't be too big of a problem but check as they can reappear in a couple of weeks. Keep your fingers crossed you caught it before it could it became a problem.

I didn't have bugs before and used the Capstar a couple of times before getting on a preventive but never had to do anything in the house or yard. One yr. later and we are still flea/tick free.
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