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Most likely cause would be fleas, IMO. Try giving them all a warm bath in some diluted flea wash, wash all their bedding and disinfect the entire area they occupy.

What are you feeding them? It could also be a deficiency of some sort, especially if they aren't eating a balanced diet intended for young puppies.

Where do they spend most of their time? Are they out on the grass most of the time or in the yard?
 

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Have you taken them to a vet? that would be my first suggestion, before assuming anything. I agree it could be fleas, but before I went to all that trouble and use of toxic chemicals I would want to see fleas or flea dirt myself or have them checked by a vet to be sure.
 

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I have not taken them to the vet, funds are low...I thought it may be fleas or a grass allergy myself. What is flea dirt? They eat Purina and pedigree puppy food. I also feed them fruits and things like that for extra nutrition they don't get from the cheap food. They do have fleas...but I bathe them every other day with dawn dish soap to help keep the fleas down.
 

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Most likely cause would be fleas, IMO. Try giving them all a warm bath in some diluted flea wash, wash all their bedding and disinfect the entire area they occupy.

What are you feeding them? It could also be a deficiency of some sort, especially if they aren't eating a balanced diet intended for young puppies.

Where do they spend most of their time? Are they out on the grass most of the time or in the yard?
Most likely cause would be fleas, IMO. Try giving them all a warm bath in some diluted flea wash, wash all their bedding and disinfect the entire area they occupy.

What are you feeding them? It could also be a deficiency of some sort, especially if they aren't eating a balanced diet intended for young puppies.

Where do they spend most of their time? Are they out on the grass most of the time or in the yard?
I have not taken them to the vet, funds are low...I thought it may be fleas or a grass allergy myself. What is flea dirt? They eat Purina and pedigree puppy food. I also feed them fruits and things like that for extra nutrition they don't get from the cheap food. They do have fleas...but I bathe them every other day with dawn dish soap to help keep the fleas down
 

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If they have fleas, your house will get infested if you don't treat them, then they will keep breeding and reinfesting the dog, and you.

Fleas are a nightmare once they are established because there are parts of the flea life cycle when they are impervious to insecticides. You would need to treat the animals with a good flea treatment (probably from the vet, not from a pet shop if the US is like the UK, as the pet shop ones are less effective) and treat your house with a strong flea killer (again, cheap ones may not be up to the job). You also would need to wash everything you can in a hot wash, bag and freeze things you can't wash - I can't remember how long for but it's weeks rather than days. Then vacuum like you have never vacuumed before, daily, using the crevice tool to get right into corners, including all soft furnishings and curtains. You'd need to do this for the whole life cycle of the flea to eliminate them at every stage, so that's several weeks.

If money is tight, this is still something I'd make a priority.
 

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If they have fleas, your house will get infested if you don't treat them, then they will keep breeding and reinfesting the dog, and you.

Fleas are a nightmare once they are established because there are parts of the flea life cycle when they are impervious to insecticides. You would need to treat the animals with a good flea treatment (probably from the vet, not from a pet shop if the US is like the UK, as the pet shop ones are less effective) and treat your house with a strong flea killer (again, cheap ones may not be up to the job). You also would need to wash everything you can in a hot wash, bag and freeze things you can't wash - I can't remember how long for but it's weeks rather than days. Then vacuum like you have never vacuumed before, daily, using the crevice tool to get right into corners, including all soft furnishings and curtains. You'd need to do this for the whole life cycle of the flea to eliminate them at every stage, so that's several weeks.

If money is tight, this is still something I'd make a priority.
Thank you! Hope I can find some within my financial ability. I know the pill works well but not sure on the home items. I'll be spending my evening researching.
 

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A flea infestation on pups is a real concern. Heavy worm burden is often also associated. Dish washing liquid will do absolutely nothing to help. You have said funds are low, I fail to understand why on earth you have chosen to have a litter. You have a responsibility both moral and ethically to meet these pups needs along with their mother.
 

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I second what @JoanneF has said. And no, dish washing soap will not kill fleas and can further harm the puppies' skin. You need a proper flea wash intended for puppies (NOT adults). You can use this on the mother and any other dogs you have as well. Flea medication (tablet version) is often not suitable for treatment in young puppies as well, so unless you consult with a vet I wouldn't take this route.
 

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One look at that pic and I can see a lot going on. I truly hope you can find it within your self to make the health and housing needs (as a bare minimum) of pups and Mum a priority.
 

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There are agencies that can help financially in caring for your dogs. Here are a few of them:

Bow Wow Buddies
American Veterinary Medical Foundation Waggle
CareCredit

Many shelters, aka Humane Societies, also have funds available to help people in need.

For fleas, ticks, and other insects I bought a product called Kleen Green. It's a little spendy, but it's concentrated and goes a long way.

 

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A flea infestation on pups is a real concern. Heavy worm burden is often also associated. Dish washing liquid will do absolutely nothing to help. You have said funds are low, I fail to understand why on earth you have chosen to have a litter. You have a responsibility both moral and ethically to meet these pups needs along with their mother.
Ok you don't have to be rude. It wasn't like I tried to get her pregnant, she is a dog and stuff like that happens all the time. I went and got some treatment, and it's hot spots that I'm dealing with. Found out last night. I appreciate the input but I thought bashing people was against the rules...
 

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There are agencies that can help financially in caring for your dogs. Here are a few of them:

Bow Wow Buddies
American Veterinary Medical Foundation Waggle
CareCredit

Many shelters, aka Humane Societies, also have funds available to help people in need.

For fleas, ticks, and other insects I bought a product called Kleen Green. It's a little spendy, but it's concentrated and goes a long way.

Thank you! That is excellent information. I will be checking into that.
 

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Ok you don't have to be rude. It wasn't like I tried to get her pregnant, she is a dog and stuff like that happens all the time. I went and got some treatment, and it's hot spots that I'm dealing with. Found out last night. I appreciate the input but I thought bashing people was against the rules...
Try to get those fleas dealt with, the bites are probably getting infected and causing hot spots.
 

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I went and got some treatment, and it's hot spots that I'm dealing with. Found out last night. I appreciate the input but I thought bashing people was against the rules...
I sympathize with your situation. But at this point, you have to do what needs to be done to rectify it.

Please take into consideration that even if you get effective flea treatment for the dogs and puppies, you have a flea infestation in your home. I know I am not there, but from what you say it is obvious that you do, it would be unavoidable in your current situation.

Stop bathing the puppies in dish soap. It is only making everything worse. Flea soap from the pet store won't help either.

To deal with the infestation you will need to find the right kind of chemical spray to use, and treat your entire house with it several times over the course of several days, then again the same thing about a week later. Be very careful what kind you buy and follow all the instructions about safety to the letter.

The puppies will need to be out of the house when you are spraying and not to lie where it has been sprayed until it is entirely dry. Even then, if it were me, I'd keep the puppies on a mat on top of the floor so they wouldn't be touching the sprayed areas.

This spraying has to be incredibly detailed, moving all the furniture, spraying the underside of the couch and your mattress, etc. This is in addition to washing, vacuuming, and freezing items in your house. No matter what treatment you give the dogs if you do not kill all the fleas in your house the problem will not go away.

This definitely costs money, but you just have to do it anyway. I understand not having a lot of money, but I would suggest you make it a priority.

The hotspots are still caused by the fleas, so just treating the hotspots will not solve the problem.

And, may I suggest that after these puppies are weaned you make sure to get the dog spayed? There are a lot of places that will do this very cheaply, at a price you can definitely afford. Call the local shelters and ask them.
 

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Ok you don't have to be rude. It wasn't like I tried to get her pregnant, she is a dog and stuff like that happens all the time. I went and got some treatment, and it's hot spots that I'm dealing with. Found out last night. I appreciate the input but I thought bashing people was against the rules...
I am sorry if I offended you. After endless years working on the front line my bedside manner has toughened. I have spoken with an endless number of owners who have made any and every excuse in regard to not meeting their dogs health and welfare needs. I have met and supported an endless number of dogs who have quite frankly broken my heart in all they have suffered and experienced.
I can assure you that 鈥檚tuff like that鈥 does most certainly not happen all the time in responsible dog ownership. I do not believe they are hot spots, hot spots simply do not present that way. I am not in any way trying to deliberately upset or offend you, just offering my honest thoughts and opinion.
 

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For anyone reading in future, accidental matings happen but accidental litters don't need to. There is a simple procedure that works like the morning after pill.
I really wish more people knew about this. I mention it to people and most often no one in the room has ever heard of it.

But, and I don't know much about this, will it work if the dog is already pregnant? A lot of the time, people don't know their dog got out or was mated until the dog shows signs of being pregnant.
 

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There are endless benefits re desexing/spaying dogs. The chance of unwanted/unplanned litters is eliminated. Reproductive cancers/disease greatly reduced, including mammary tumours in females. Males also greatly reduce chances of testicular cancer. Behavioural benefits are beneficial. Something else to consider is the fact an 鈥榚ntire鈥 dog is attractive and common in dog theft. These dogs are used by unscrupulous backyard or large scale breeders for profit. Dogs are kept in appalling conditions and bred until they are no longer able to produce litters.
Early age desexing is common these days. Owners of entire females need to be vigilant during heat cycles. Responsible registered breeders will ensure this.
Producing a litter of healthy, happy, socialised pups is expensive and incredibly time consuming. If a Caesarian is needed even more so. Health and welfare of Mum and pups is so incredibly vital. Carefully placing pups into well matched homes with responsible owners is another vital and time consuming aspect. If done responsibly the end result is worth every single moment.
 

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There are endless benefits re desexing/spaying dogs. The chance of unwanted/unplanned litters is eliminated. Reproductive cancers/disease greatly reduced, including mammary tumours in females. Males also greatly reduce chances of testicular cancer. Behavioural benefits are beneficial. Something else to consider is the fact an 鈥榚ntire鈥 dog is attractive and common in dog theft. These dogs are used by unscrupulous backyard or large scale breeders for profit. Dogs are kept in appalling conditions and bred until they are no longer able to produce litters.
Early age desexing is common these days. Owners of entire females need to be vigilant during heat cycles. Responsible registered breeders will ensure this.
Producing a litter of healthy, happy, socialised pups is expensive and incredibly time consuming. If a Caesarian is needed even more so. Health and welfare of Mum and pups is so incredibly vital. Carefully placing pups into well matched homes with responsible owners is another vital and time consuming aspect. If done responsibly the end result is worth every single moment.
You know, I know you mean well with this, but the research I've seen doesn't really back up your statements here!

Can you cite research to back up these claims?

I realize we're on different continents, but...
 
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