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My puppy is bitten by tiny white insects are these fleas as

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My puppy is bitten by tiny white insects are these fleas as I treated her 2 weeks ago should I treat again
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
Hello,I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about Bella. I'm so sorry she's having trouble, but glad you're looking for the information you need. I know how it is to be worried about a problem like this. You may join the conversation at any point in time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY or SEND. That way we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided. While I'm typing in my answer, please tell me exactly what flea product you used on Bella 2 weeks ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Stronghold puppy flea treatment
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
To start with fleas are not white, so I doubt these are fleas. Of all the types of insects that are common on the skin of dogs, the only white ones are lice. Lice are just barely visible to the naked eye. I'll find you a link to a photo of some lice shortly.Also, considering that Bella had an abscess that burst open yesterday, it's possible that the little white buts you see are maggots, or fly larvae. They can appear in infected or damaged skin. They're tiny little white worms, about the size of a grain of rice. I'll find a photo of those, too. Thank you for telling me about the Stronghold.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
This webpage gives a good description of lice, and if you scroll down, there are some photos...http://www.pet-informed-veterinary-advice-online.com/lice-pictures.html
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
This video shows an example of some maggots in a wound. Sorry... but it's pretty gross. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQsYdwlSfbs
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there anything we can do tonight or do e
We have to wait for morning or should we re treat with stronghold
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
I would not advise retreating with Stronghold. It's an excellent product and works really well for a full month. If tomorrow your vet diagnoses mites, he/she may recommend reapplying Stronghold every 2 weeks for a while, but I wouldn't recommend doing that tonight. Based on the images I sent, do you have any idea if this looks like lice or maggots?
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
Because if they are maggots you will want to wash them off with gentle rinsing in the bath.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
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