My husband and I just got a new puppy on Friday from a breeder in New Hampshire. Today I noticed a tiny red bug going in and out of the fur on her paws. The bug moved so fast I couldn't catch it. Now, she's napping and I just took one off of her belly. What kind of bugs are these? She has been scratching and biting her legs/feet since we got her home and I'm wondering if that is the cause. Should we be concerned? She has a vet appt on Wednesday morning so we'll ask about it then, but any help with what to do in the meantime would be appreciated.
Katie, Tim and Stoli
Maybe fleas? Some fleas have a reddish color to them, especially adults. And they are fast!!
Sounds like fleas! They are brownish in color and yes very fast. Flip her on her belly when she's tired and see if you see any dash across. They also like to hang on at the base of the tail - tiny black specks of "dirt" seen there at the skin are actually flea poop. Fleas are NOT fun - Frontline is needed to treat and you must use it three months in a row to completely stop the life cycle (they have already laid eggs in your carpets which will hatch in a few weeks). Wash all your bedding and her bedding and vacuum really really well after applying the Frontline. Your vet will be able to confirm if they are fleas. Also a puppy should never be sent home with fleas - actually a puppy should never have fleas period. Only pups from an irresponsible breeder will have fleas. I would demand the breeder pay for treating your puppy - Frontline, flea shampoo, spray - whatever your vet recommends. There is no excuse for a puppy with fleas. One more thing - tapeworms come from ingesting a flea - make sure your pup is free of any parasites as well.
I'm a breeder and I am in NH as well. :0)
Last edited by meandclint; 10-12-2009 at 05:08 PM.
You can also often see them under the front legs (armpit) or the corresponding area on the rear - they like warm spots.
I second MeandClint's sentiment about the breeder. Not running a clean kennel if they have fleas.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Don't fleas JUMP though?
We were in the Adirondacks over the weekend and when we got home we found a "thing" sucking her blood on her chest. it was not moving, my husband pulled it off her- it was 4 times the size of a grain of rice-- does not sound like a flea-- any idias?
Miko (April 6, 2009), CGC
it had to be - but looking at pictures on the web, this thing didnt have so many legs- well she seems to be fine, I cleaned it w/ Peroxide and Neosporin and it healed- it was just gross - I guess Frontline only works for a limited time-- must call the vet. Thanks
You have to use Frontline monthly. I use Frontline Plus, so it not only elements full grown fleas and ticks but any eggs and larvae.
Sweet Bella Mia at Zion National Park.
After taking Stoli to her first vet appointment, we were told that it wasn't fleas because there was no apparent evidence of them on her fur or skin, so that was good news. I guess maybe the few bugs we saw got on her when she was playing outside. Anyhow, we gave her frontline as recommended and never saw anymore bugs after that.
Last edited by Boston; 11-01-2009 at 09:11 PM.