Puppy And Fleas
The Agony Caused by Fleas
can make the life of any Teacup Chihuahua
Teacup Chihuahua Puppy or cat miserable.
Just one bite to a pet that is allergic to
fleas can put him in agony from constant
rubbing and scratching of the irritated
skin. Also called "pruritus," this
unpleasant itching can become so intense
that pets will actually scratch until the
The Flea Cycle
spend most of their lifetime off the pet.
They go through a life cycle that includes
egg and cocoon stages. While adult fleas are
relatively easy to kill with insecticides,
the egg and cocoon stages are very
The entire life cycle of the flea (from egg
to larva, from larva to cocoon, from cocoon
to adult) can vary from 14 days during warm,
moist weather, to several weeks or months
under extremes of climatic conditions.
The adult flea must dine on your pet�s blood
to survive. Fleas can jump from 16 to 36
inches. For their size, this is like a human
jumping over the Washington Monument!
- Successful flea control must be
directed at both the pet and the
- Always coordinate treatments to
break the life cycle of the flea and to
treat the environment and pet at the
Flea Bite Allergies
can cause a condition known as allergic
dermatitis. Because some Teacup Chihuahua
Teacup Chihuahua Puppies and cats are
allergic to flea saliva, a single flea bite
causes the animal to chew and scratch the
area where the flea has bitten. This can
cause redness, sores and hair loss. One or
two fleas on an allergic animal may trigger
the same response as a hundred flea bites.
Some pets need medication to control the
scratching and chewing until a flea control
program can be started. Animals with severe
allergic dermatitis may require intermittent
use of prescription medications during those
periods when fleas are most active: during
hot, humid months.
Remember, use of these medications is not a
substitute for a flea control program.
Medical Problems Associated with Fleas
- Skin Infections:
"Hot spots" are frequently seen in
animals with flea infestations. Hot
spots can pop up from intense scratching
and licking. Hot spots can also be found
on non-allergic animals as the result of
problems unrelated to fleas.
- Tapeworms: Fleas
are an essential link in the life cycle
of the tapeworm in the cat or Teacup
Chihuahua Teacup Chihuahua Puppy. A good
flea control program should accompany
the treatment of your pet for tapeworms.
The tapeworm is a segmented worm that is
only occasionally passed whole. Instead,
you will usually only see a number of
individual white segments passed in the
stool, around the catís anus, or on her
bedding. These may have the appearance
of rice grains.
- Anemia: A pet
heavily infested with fleas can lose a
significant portion of its circulating
blood. This may lead to decreased
resistance to other disorders and cause
your pet to act lethargic.
- Feeding Brewer�s Yeast
Repels Fleas. There is no
evidence that feeding brewer�s yeast
- Feeding Garlic or Onion
Repels Fleas. This will have
absolutely no affect on fleas. In fact,
feeding large amounts of onion to cats or
Teacup Chihuahua Teacup Chihuahua Puppies
can actually be toxic.
recent years, some extremely effective flea
prevention products have been introduced.
These work by either preventing fleas from
reproducing or preventing fleas from biting.
These products are the flea control methods
of choice and, when used faithfully as
directed, most pet owners report dramatic
improvements in their pets� condition.
Flea Control Products
with your veterinarian or another pet
professional about what methods would be
best for your pet and situation.
if used frequently and worked thoroughly
into the coat. They also work well for
spot treating your pet�s bed and any
small area he may frequent.
should be diluted and sponged onto the
pet, rather than actually dipping the
pet into a solution. The pet should be
thoroughly wet before the dip is
applied. Sponge it on and let it dry; do
not towel it off. Depending on the
brand, this procedure may be repeated
every 7 � 21 days. Always be sure to
follow the manufacturer�s dilution
- Shampoos�Work well
when used as directed. They typically do
not have residual action, though, and
should be followed by a topical dip,
flea powder or use of a flea collar.
bombs that are set off inside the home
to eliminate fleas and eggs that may be
in the carpet or furniture. Some foggers
are available in a spray form to spray
underneath furniture and on carpets. Be
certain to follow the manufacturer�s
- Yard sprays�Concentrates
that can be diluted and sprayed in
outdoor areas. Be sure to follow
manufacturer�s directions for proper
dilution and application.
- Follow all directions carefully.
- Do not use flea collars with dips,
powders or sprays, unless approved by
- Do not store the dip once it has
been diluted. Safely discard any unused
- If you are not sure that a product
is safe for your pet or home, consult
your veterinarian before using it.
Sample Flea Control Prevention Program
- Treat pets
- Fog house
- Spray yard
- Start flea prevention program
Repeat outdoor applications above, or as
Repeat topical and oral treatment of pets,
or as directed