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We just rescued a pit puppy from the Humane Society. Momma and puppies were dropped on the interstate. They are lucky to be alive. Two puppies made it to the shelter with momma. (don't know if there were others) She is approximately 13 weeks old and as sweet as she can be. During her time before the shelter, she became infested with fleas. When she arrived at the intake shelter they treated her and got most of them off. As soon as we arrived home with her she went straight to the bathtub for a good bath. Two days later while I was holding her I spotted a dark small bug on her face, which I removed, then took and bathed her again. I noted another bug in the water. I purchased a natural flea shampoo for her as I didn't want to be too aggressive as she does have some sores located on her neck from the infestation. I am cleaning those areas daily and applying topical antibiotic ointment at bedtime. Last night I noticed that she was constantly flickering her ears and then she would either bite at her leg or back. I am assuming she still has fleas on her although I am not seeing them, and I am washing her linens and bedding daily. I went ahead and put her back in the tub last night, I but didn't get anything off of her although she seemed a little more relaxed. I know that there are different life stages for the flea, and want to get rid of these before I have them in the house causing problems. I also know that the Staffordshire terrier (pit) have a tendency to have dry skin which is why I was reluctant to bathe her last night, and with her already having the sores on her neck want to be careful. any suggestions out there for this little itchy baby?
 

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Keep her treated for fleas to prevent any new ones, but existing bites can continue to itch for up to 10 days or so. If the itching is too much, your Vet can prescribe some anti itch medication, or maybe suggest something over the counter.
 

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I have never given my dogs any flea treatments and knock on wood they have never had fleas. One trip home from the vet, one of them had a flea on him and i took it off and that was it. I give my babies some apple cider vinegar in their water every so often. It is supposed to ward off flea and ticks as they dont like the scent on the dog and wont bite. I swear by it! I live in a pretty rural area in WNY and have not had fleas or ticks. Just add a tiny bit to the water and see if the dog will drink it. If it does, add some more next time. If you go full blown, sometimes dogs will not drink it. Mine love it and when I add it now, my big boy drinks the whole bowl lol.
 

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Thank you, I will certainly give it a try, she wasn't scratching as bad last night when I got home from work. She still has several sore areas from the bites from when the were picked up off the interstate, I've been treating those. I searched her all over last night, the look she kept giving me was "I think my new mommy is crazy"
 

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I would contact your vet to discuss safe and effective methods to eliminate fleas (and any other parasites your puppy may have).
 

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Thank you for all of the responses baby girl seems to be doing better. I purchased a flea comb and some ear cleanser today. There were no fleas on the flea comb, she has no flea dirt either. She must be itching from the previous bites as she still has a few sores on her.
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a bit late now, but a single oral dose of Capstar kills all fleas within an hour and can keep you from getting into such a flea infestation situation in the future (cheap and easy). No bathing or other toxic drugs/sprays/topicals needed
 

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a bit late now, but a single oral dose of Capstar kills all fleas within an hour and can keep you from getting into such a flea infestation situation in the future (cheap and easy). No bathing or other toxic drugs/sprays/topicals needed
What are the possible side effects from Capstar, and how long does it remain effective? I'm a bit wary of oral flea meds, Samantha had a bad reaction to triflexis, it affected her nervous system, fortunately not permanently, and a reaction to nexgard, not as severe, but loss of appetite and lethargy. She has no obvious negative reaction to frontline, though it is kind of a pita to use.
 
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