Give him a bath in Lemon Joy dish soap. It will dry out the fleas and kill most of them and most eggs. Then get him to the vet. They will have something mild to deflea him and give him a tapeworm med since fleas carry tape worms.
Also, get him vaccinated asap, parvo season is starting.
I was also wondering what to do about fleas. Harley doesnt have them yet but my cat Bubba is and inside/outside cat and has a few each summer. I keep a flea collar on him and/or use the flea drop treatment. I dont want Harley to get them b/c hes and inside dog. How early do you start the treatment and what do you use? When I had him at the vet a few weeks ago for his skin irratation they gave him the shot (again I cant remember the name) but the vet said it would help w/fleas too.
Is this a litter of Labrador puppies that you have and only one is affected by fleas? That seems odd, most likely they all have fleas, including the dam and any other dogs or cats in the household.
The puppies should have their first set of shots at 6 weeks, there isn't any need to wait until 8 weeks, IMO. Be sure to leave the puppies with the mother and siblings for a few more weeks. They need that bonding time with their families. 6 weeks is too young to adopt them out and certainly 5 weeks is way too young.
You will need to deflea the mother and all of the babies, plus your home should get a good flea cleaning. There are commercial products that you can buy called "bombs" that you can activate in your home that should take care of the flea infestation.
Good luck with your puppy, Labs are a beautiful dog. Do you have pictures to share?
Icyhound has it right, a puppy that is iwth its littermates and mothers doesn't need vaccinations so early, because it's still nursing occasionally from its mother and thus still has the antibodies. A puppy taken away from its littermates so early will not have this advantage and needs more protection earlier.
I second lemon joy for fleas, it does work. make sure you treat your house as well.
As an aside, no pup should be separated from littermates before it is at least 8 weeks old.
ok, first of all, it is not a litter of puppies, just one.
Second of all, I did not realize it was too early to take the puppy. I drove 6 hours to get him, and the owners assured me it was fine. Whats done is done, now I just want to do whats best for my puppy. He is eating and sleeping well, and with six kids, he gets plenty of love and attention (I make sure he gets frequent naps, almost hourly, by his choice).
And third, the vet will not give him shots until he is 8 weeks. I've already tried. Any other bashing to go around?
i would try the joy dishwashing soap, or dawn. but i would also dip him in a bath of skin-so-soft. its made by avon. works great for repeling fleas and soothing the skin that the dishwashing detergent tends to dry out. good luck with your puppy and would love to see some pics !
It is not up to your vet. Most pups who get parvo get it before they are 8 weeks old. If your vet refuse ask him what happen if the pup get sick before that? will he treat the dog for free? You can probably wait for the rest until 8 weeks, but you should insist on just parvo at 6 weeks. If he still refuses, find another vet.
Btw, Joy also works on ants, bees and wasps hives pretty well too. Worth trying until he is old enough for frontline or other commercial remedies.
They are right....the pup needs vaccinated. It is far too young to be away from its mother yet. Pups generally get their first vaccination at 7-8 weeks, but that is the ones who were left with mom for the appropiriate amount of time. This puppy was taken away too early and does not have the natural antibodies to protect it. It DOES need its vaccines. If the vet is refusing to do it, then call a different vet and be sure to explain the situation. The vet you called doesnt sound too bright, IMO. If he is concerned due to size, they can give a half dose shot, that is what they do with any runt pups I get so that they are at least covered with something. Parvo ran rampant this year, to avoid extremely high vet bills or death, you should look for a vet that knows what he is doing.
I second the Dawn or Joy dishwashing liquid. Though, while your at the vets office, they usually have a prescription flea shampoo there that can be used on a pup that young as long as you dilute it 50/50 with water.