Fleas are one of the most problematic parts of pet ownership. They are difficult to avoid and if even one gets on your Poodle, they can become an infestation for both your pet and your household. They can remain dormant for months at a time by hiding in carpets and dog beds but as soon as they feel warmth from the weather or in-house heating, they begin to look for a host to attach themselves to. That host is usually the family dog.

Fleas can be annoying but can also cause serious secondary illnesses if your pup is bitten. Once they cling on to your pet, you may have a difficult time getting rid of them. They can cause:

  • Itching due to an allergic reaction to flea saliva
  • Chewing
  • Hair loss from irritation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Anemia
  • Red pimples or bumps
  • Bacterial infection
  • Tapeworms

How Do I Know if My Poodle Has Fleas?

You will know your Poodle is suffering from fleas due to their continual scratching. You will see visible signs of flea presence around your dog’s stomach and back end. That means small bugs and flea dirt can be seen. Look for:

  • Bugs that are copper color and size of the head of a pin
  • Found on furry areas that are away from light
  • Flea dirt –looks like pepper (but is digested blood)
  • Bugs on their skin surface

When Do I Know My Poodle Needs to Go to the Veterinarian?

As a pet owner, you need to be mindful if your Poodle is in discomfort and you want to get rid of fleas as soon as you can. While fleas are not life-threatening, they can make your dog’s life very distressing. Your dog’s veterinarian is the best person to talk to when it comes to preventative measures to avoid fleas along with how to test if they have them and then get rid of them if needed. If you cannot visibly see the fleas or flea dirt but your dog is still itching, then you may want your veterinarian to do a flea allergy test. This should help you know definitively. Toy and Miniature Poodles along with Poodle puppies are at the highest risk if they have fleas as they are small and have less blood. Too many bites can lead to anemia and can become very serious quickly.

What Will the Veterinarian Do for My Poodle?

Once you get your dog to the veterinarian, they can assess if they have fleas.If they do,it will be time to start treatment. Make sure you use a veterinarian-approved product as not all flea preventative and ongoing treatments are good for your pet. The veterinarian will aim to treat your pet and suggest you treat your home as well, so you do not start the cycle of curing your pet only to have them infested again by fleas hiding in the home. It is best to do a check in with the vet after your pet’s initial treatment to make sure they have the all-clear from fleas. 

How Can I Help Treat Fleas on My Poodle?

After getting an opinion from your dog’s veterinarian, you need to start a flea treatment for both your Poodle and your home. After the treatment is complete, ongoing preventative measures are important as well. 

Poodle Treatment

Poodle Treatment

Treatment is only for dogs over six weeks old. Under six weeks and you must use a comb and manually remove the fleas. Medications can be harmful to very young puppies.

  • Use a product to kill adult fleas and larvae – it should have Pyriproxyfen or Methoprene
  • Do not bath up to five days after the first dose
  • Use flea killing shampoo five days after the first dosage of flea treatment
  • Comb out fleas using a flea comb – drown fleas in soapy water or dog shampoo

Revolution Topical Solution for Puppies – Prescription Needed

This treatment is specifically for puppies versus adult dogs. It kills fleas and prevents them from laying eggs and hatching causing a further infestation. It has the added benefit of heart worm prevention and dissuading other biting bugs.

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NexguardChewable for Dogs 8–13 weeks old – Prescription Needed

Kills adult fleas and prevents further infestation on your Poodle. It kills fleas that are present and then can be taken monthly to be year-round prevention. It comes in beef flavor so is easy to get your dog to eat it.

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Bravecto Chews for Adult Dogs – Prescription Needed

Chews come in different sizes for dogs of different sizes so you can find what works for your Toy, Miniature, or Standard Poodle. It combats adult fleas while preventing further infestation. One dose lasts up to 12 weeks. 

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Home Treatment

  • Vacuum all carpets
  • Hot wash and dryer for all pet toys and beds
  • Repeat until none are seen
  • Use foggers or sprays to kill fleas in rooms of the house

Household Fogger

Kills fleas, flea eggs, and larvae. It gets rid of unwanted pests while you treat your Poodle. The treatment lasts up to seven months and can treat up to 2000 square feet of space. It stops the cycle of pests and the infestation of your pet.

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Virbac Knockout Area Treatment Spray

Stops flea infestation in your home by stopping fleas from developing into adults. No mess, no smell and gets into hidden areas. Stops infestation for up to seven months and covers up to 2100 square feet. 

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Final Thoughts

Fleas on your Poodle is one of the more uncomfortable issues for your dog and you to have to deal with. The aggravating bites, itching, and sore areas can become infected and lead to secondary health issues that become more complicated. Once your dog’s veterinarian diagnoses that fleas are a problem, it’s time to take care of both your Poodle and your home. Each need to be dealt with so as not to re-infect the other. Once the fleas are gone in both places, then it’s important to start preventative measures to avoid future flea issues for your Poodle and family.