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What can you use on 8 weeks old puppies to get rid if fleas

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What can you use on 8 weeks old puppies to get rid if fleas
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 8 years ago.

Hello,Customer thank you for your question tonight.

 

You ask a great question--there are so many flea products out there right now and it can be confusing to know what to use at what ages. I am pasting below a table that lists the various veterinary flea products and how early they can be used. If you have an active flea problem and are actually seeing fleas, I would recommend a topical product such as frontline, revolution or advantix to take care of the adult fleas. These products are repeated monthly or every other month for best effectiveness. It is also extremely important to treat the environment appropriately to kill the other life stages.

 

Here is the table:

 


By Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP
Educational Director, VeterinaryPartner.com

Flea Product Comparison

Confused about flea protection? This FAQ compares all the currently available flea control products to assist you in determining which is right for your situation. These products are available at licensed veterinary hospitals. These tales do not include over-the-counter products (as would be sold in a grocery or pet supply store.

Table 1: Flea killing ingredient; flea sterilizing or additional ingredients; for dogs or cats; youngest age or size approved for use; waterproof or water resistant

Table 2: Approved for pregnancy or lactation (nursing); how long until maximum effect against fleas is reached; other parasites killed, controlled or repelled; how often applied or administered

Table 3: Oral or topical, prescription drug, non-prescription drug or insecticide; ld50 (lethal dose to 50% of the population)

Table 4: Year first made available in U.S.; manufacturer and link to manufacturer's website; additional cautions

TABLE 1

Flea Killing Ingredient

Flea Sterilizing or
Additional Ingredients

For Dogs
or Cats

Youngest Age or Size
Approved For Use

Waterproof or
Water Resistant

Comfortis

spinosad

 

none

dog

14 weeks; at least 5 lbs

waterproof

Vectra 3D

dinotefuran &
permethrin

pyriproxyfen (flea sterilizer)

dog

7 weeks;
at least 2.5 lbs

waterproof

Promeris

metaflumizone

amitraz (for additional parasites)

dog

8 weeks

waterproof

Promeris Feline

metaflumizone

none

cat

8 weeks

waterproof

Revolution

selamectin

none

dog or cat

6 weeks puppies
8 weeks kittens

waterproof

Advantage

imidacloprid

none

dog or cat

7 weeks puppies
8 weeks kittens

water resistant

K9Advantix

imidacloprid &
permethrin

none

dog

7 weeks

water resistant

Advantage Multi
also called Advocate

imidacloprid

moxidectin
(for additional parasites)

dog or cat

7 weeks puppies
9 weeks kittens

water resistant

Frontline

fipronil

none

dog or cat

8 weeks

waterproof

Frontline Plus

fipronil

methoprene (flea sterilizer)

dog or cat

8 weeks

waterproof

Program

none

lufenuron

lufenuron (flea sterilizer)

dog or cat

4 weeks

waterproof

Sentinel

none

lufenuron

lufenuron (flea sterilizer) &
milbemycin (for add'l parasites)

dog

4 weeks; at least 2 lbs

waterproof

Capstar

nitenpyram

none

dog or cat

4 weeks; at least 2 lbs

waterproof

 

YOu can see that almost all of the products are safe for 8 week old puppies.

Here is some additional information on flea control:

 

http://www.vin.com/Members/SearchDB/vp/vpa01575.htm

 

I hope this information is helpful. Visit your local vet office to purchase these type of products. Thank you so much!

 

 

Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 8 years ago.

Scott,

I was not able to see the end comments to your original post until now.

You should also treat your other dog. Due to the various life stages of fleas living in the environment, your other dog has already been exposed and needs to also be treated to get rid of the flea problem.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

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