Will Giving My Puppy a Bath Get Rid of Ticks & Fleas?

by Tom Ryan
    Only specially formulated shampoo can kill fleas and their eggs.

    Only specially formulated shampoo can kill fleas and their eggs.

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    Even puppies are susceptible to flea and tick infestations, and when these little parasites strike, you need to remove them as soon as possible to minimize the harm and discomfort they can cause. While ticks require manual removal, medicinal shampoo can help you rid your pup of fleas -- just talk to your vet before you choose one.

    Over-the-counter shampoos formulated for parasite removal may contain pesticides, which can be harsh on the skin of dogs and puppies alike. They may also be less effective than shampoos prescribed by your vet, so make an appointment to get your vet's recommendation and a prescription for treatment. A shampoo prescribed by your vet can kill fleas and their eggs in your puppy's fur, but to get rid of a tick, you need to manually pull it out with a pair of tweezers or a tick removal tool. If you don't feel comfortable doing so, your vet can remove the tick for you.

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    About the Author

    Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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