Did you know that there are approximately 70 million stray dogs and cats in America? You have probably seen a number of them in your lifetime, and some are more approachable than others. There are several ways to go about handling this situation, depending on the pet's behavior and your personal abilities. In the guide below, we will go over what to do when you find a stray dog so you can protect yourself and the animal at the same time.
Bathe Your Puppy with Dish Soap
The easiest thing to do is to bathe your puppy in mild dishwashing soap, like Joy or Dawn. Prepare your bathroom with several clean towels, rubber gloves, dish soap, tweezers, and a cup of water. Then follow these steps:
1. Run some moderately warm water in the bathtub, and put on rubber gloves in case your pet scratches you. Then use the shower hose to run the water over your pet.
2. Pour a quarter size drop of soap in your hand and begin to lather the fur. Be sure to get the soap close to the skin. Rub it in all over, especially near your pet's face. Do not get it in the eyes, but get as close as you can.
3. When the puppy's fur is fully lathered, wrap it in a towel for a moment and leave the soap to soak into the fur. This will give the soap time to kill off the flea eggs.
4. Use tweezers to pick live fleas off your pet's face because that is where they will run to. You can also pull the fleas out of the rest of the fur, just to be on the safe side. Dip the tweezers in a cup of water to kill the fleas you pull off.
5. Once you have let the soap sink in, use the shower hose to thoroughly rinse off the soap. If you don't have hose, you can hold the pet under a facet with running water. You may experience some squirming at this point, but you need to get off as many remaining fleas as you can.
6. Dry your pup off with a new, clean towel, and leave him to rest in the bathroom while you complete the last step (the next section of this guide).
Thoroughly Vacuum Your House
Vacuum your house thoroughly before letting your puppy back out. Pay close attention to areas where your pet spends a lot of time, like the living room or the bed in his kennel. You may use a mild carpet flea killer, as long as it is safe for puppies. Sprinkle the flea killer on the carpet like a powder and vacuum it as directed. Once the whole house is clean, you can let your little one out to enjoy his flea-free fur.
You may have to repeat this process a few times over to keep the flea population to a minimum. Once your pet is old enough to treat with traditional flea repellent, use that to get rid of the fleas for good.