How Do You Get Rid of Fleas on Puppies?

To get rid of fleas on a puppy, bathe the puppy, comb it with a flea comb, vacuum the carpets frequently, wash infested items, and apply flea products with insect growth regulators. If the problem persists, talk to a veterinarian about prescription medication options.

  1. Bathe and comb the puppy

    Bathe the puppy, using a shampoo that is formulated specifically for your puppy's age group. After drying the puppy thoroughly, comb it with a flea comb.

  2. Vacuum the carpets

    Vacuum the carpets multiple times per day. Repeated vacuuming should remove roughly half of the larvae and 90 percent of the eggs.

  3. Wash infected items

    Wash pet beds, blankets, pillows and any other potentially infested items in the washing machine on the hottest setting. Clean out any crates or carriers.

  4. Apply insect growth regulators

    Go to the pet store, and purchase a product that contains insect growth regulators and is safe for puppies. Apply it according to the directions. This product prevents young fleas from turning into adults.

  5. Talk to your veterinarian

    Some infestations may require professional intervention. If you can't get rid of the fleas, a veterinarian can prescribe an over-the-counter medication. Always follow the instructions carefully, as these products can be dangerous when used incorrectly.