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Dog Fleas

As with worms, the eggs of fleas and lice will collect in the bedding and in cracks in the kennel floor. Give your kennels frequent and thorough scrubbings with disinfectant to prevent parasites from breeding there. From the time the puppies are a few days old until they pass out of your possession, close watch should be maintained to detect the presence of fleas and lice. According to the latest research, lice prefer an animal deficient in vitamin B2. This is just one more reason for paying strict attention to the diet of your puppies and their dam.

When these parasites are found on young puppies, sprinkle them freely with flea powder after first combing thoroughly with a very fine-toothed baby's comb. Repeat this process as often as necessary. Fleas may be found anywhere on the puppy, but lice usually concentrate around the ears, at the root of the tail, and about the upper forelegs. When the puppies grow older and may be dried in sunlight or before a fire, the most satisfactory treatment for lice is soaking the affected parts with a solution of Kur-Mange.

Fleas move around on the puppy so that when he scratches in an endeavor to stop the itching, he usually does it in a different place each time. This is not the case with lice, for they concentrate about their favorite spots and stay there. This means that the puppy keeps scratching on the same spot, and he will keep it up until he has produced a nasty sore if the cause is not removed.

As I stated at the outset, it has not been my intention to write a handbook on advanced dog breeding. What I have endeavored to do is give the beginner some elementary facts and indicate how he may learn a great deal lore by his own research and efforts. If my experience has been of any assistance, I shall be more than pleased. Remember these things: Keep your dogs healthy. Strive always to improve your breed. And above all, love 'em! You will never regret it.

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