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12-04-2013 09:46 AM
Mani Thank you all for suggestions..finally i decided to give him a bath with a baby shampoo(fingers crossed:P)..cant see him scratching any more.Hopefully this will make his life little better. I am from India and this is my first pet..soo very scared and worried about being a good owner.Just hope and pray i do justice to my little boy.
12-04-2013 08:21 AM
Castlemaid You can give a bath - it won't do any harm. Use warm water, mild dish detergent (that is the blue dawn people are talking about) or puppy/baby shampoo. Rinse very well, because any remaining soap will also cause irritation and itchiness. Dry your pup right away. Towel him dry, use a hair dryer on the warm setting if you have one. Keep him in the house and keep him warm until he is completely dry.

Breeders bathe their young pups all the time when the puppies (being puppies) - end up smeared with poop or urine - happens often when a bunch of young pups.

Sometimes the advice from vets in other countries like India is well meaning, but seems based on odd beliefs as opposed to fact and hard experience. Your puppy will be harmed and continue to suffer much more from the constant irritation of the fleas and lice than by a bath.

Your vet is right though that your pup is too young for the chemical treatments that kill the fleas and mites - but he can be bathed anytime. Sometimes puppies this young pee and poo in their crates, and they need bathes to be cleaned up - many people have given six week old pups bathes with no problems.
12-04-2013 07:03 AM
Momto2GSDs Are you in the USA?
Food Grade (NOT the kind for swimming pools called "filter grade") Diatomaceous Earth is non toxic.
"Diatomaceous Earth kills insects by PHYSICAL action---not chemical. Hundreds of the microscopic DE get all over the insects body. As the insects move, the DE scratches the waxy coating off of them and they dehydrate and die. Because the DE particle is so small--it has no harm to people and pets. It is a simple mineral---silica."
We will ship anywhere. Since the web site is not set up for international shipping, you need to call us at 402-371-6111 to get a quote.

DE is a very powdery, billowy powder, so apply it to the dog outside or in the garage. Food grade DE is perfectly safe but use caution if you have asthma or breathing problems and wear a mask. Start in small areas and rub the powder into his coat, being very careful around his eyes.
This can also be sprinkled around the house, on rugs, floors, beddings and in cracks.

Quality food, raw meat, and vitamins supplements could help him as these creatures must be sucking the life out of him! How awful for the poor little guy! Why was he taken away from his mother so young? His immune system must be taking a big hit.

12-04-2013 05:48 AM
Kat Tastic How about some of the solutions noted here?

Thinking outside the could always give him a mullet!
12-04-2013 05:38 AM
Originally Posted by Kat Tastic View Post
You could try a lice comb to remove some eggs/lice. Ask your vet if you can use some kind of natural oil (coconut? Lavender?) on his skin/coat, or even just a water only bath.

Have you checked with a second vet? I can't imagine any vet just making him suffer.

Why can't he have a bath?
Good question!

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12-04-2013 05:29 AM
Kat Tastic You could try a lice comb to remove some eggs/lice. Ask your vet if you can use some kind of natural oil (coconut? Lavender?) on his skin/coat, or even just a water only bath.

Have you checked with a second vet? I can't imagine any vet just making him suffer.

Why can't he have a bath?
12-04-2013 05:05 AM
bill I thought the vet said not to treat for lice? Looks like you could bath with blue dawn; until old enough to treat for lice. If not sorry.wonder why. You could not bathe? Good luck bill

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12-04-2013 04:56 AM
Mani Thank you all for suggestion. But cant give him a bath either as vet advised no bath till he is 3 months. The lice and eggs keep on increasing every day..nd now he is crying while scratching. I feel bad for him..i try to remove them with hand but they r too many nd this fellow has no patience to sit calmly. I feel soo helpless and not able to see him in pain. waiting for a month for getting them treated is too long nd i don't know how he will survive that long with soo many lice. Wish i found a solution
12-03-2013 09:33 AM
Baillif I knew a breeder that swore by blue dawn for this kind of thing in puppies too young to give treatment. I've used it on young pups for fleas to great effect, but I'm not sure about mites.
12-03-2013 09:18 AM
Castlemaid Dog lice won't spread to humans. They cannot survive off the dog. They can spread to other dogs and to cats, so any other dog or cat your puppy may have been in contact with will also need to be checked. And your vet is right, your six week old is too young for treatment.

For now, bathe you puppy with a mild shampoo, leave the shampoo on for a few minutes and rinse well. It will help wash some of the fleas and lice away, but you won't be able to get rid of them all. You can try and pick the fleas off with a flea comb, or tweezers. The lice are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but they are soft bodied, so bathing with regular mild shampoo will drown them. Lice live their whole cycle on the dog, so the eggs are on the dog, stuck to the fur strands, and will be hatching out in 7 days, and will need to be bathed again.
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