Flea Allergy Dermatitis in
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
What is Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
As the name suggest it is an allergy. It is an allergic skin disorder
which occurs when a dog or cat is hypersensitive to flea
saliva. When a flea bites a dog or cat it injects it's saliva into the
animal. Flea saliva contains
many antigens which some dogs and cats are very susceptible to. Flea
allergy dermatitis is the most common allergy in dogs and is a very
itchy and painful condition. Your dog may not have many fleas but it
only takes one bite from one flea to trigger the allergic reaction.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis is most common in the summer
because in the northern hemisphere that is when fleas are most
prevalent. In countries with warmer climates it can persist all
year round. Cooler temperatures and low humidity tend to inhibit flea
What are the Symptoms of
Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
|The first symptom you may notice is severe
itching and inflammation of the skin. The dog will scratch and bite at affected areas often
causing damage to the skin which may develop into circular, red painful
sores called hot spots. These hot spots can occur anywhere but are most
commonly seen along the back and at the base of the tail.
As the condition progresses there may be hair loss, broken hairs,
oozing or crusty sores, pimply bumps and general redness and
inflammation of the skin. The sores can be very painful. In
severe cases the skin becomes thickened and dark, predominantly in the
area on the dog's back at the base of the tail. The dog, itself, does
the damage with self mutilation due to the severe itching.
Secondary bacterial and yeast infections are common in chronic cases
of flea allergy dermatitis and you may notice an unpleasant odor coming
from your dog because of this.
What is the Treatment for Flea Allergy
It is probably quite obvious that you need to get rid of fleas from
your dog. Just one single flea can cause terrible symptoms. Fleas must
not only be removed from your dog but also from your house and
environment so that the dog is not re-infested.
Top spot flea treatments
such as Advantage, Revolution or Front Line can kill fleas within hours.
Using flea collars and insecticide shampoos is generally a waste of time
and money as these methods are very outdated.
|Top Spot Flea
Front Line. (not recommended)
Tablets for Killing Fleas on Dogs
Comfortis Chewable Tablets for Dogs
are a meat flavored tablet that rapidly kills fleas on dogs and then
goes on to prevent flea infestations for a further month (or more). Comfortis
starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes of administration and will
kill 100% of fleas on a dog within 4 hours. The tablets are FDA
Comfortis tablets may be a little
expensive but work 100%. Well worth the extra cost.
Side effects can occur. Vomiting is the most
common side effect.
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You must be absolutely dedicated to the task of removing all fleas
from your dog and the dog's environment.
It is important to treat all of your pets
and your home on the same day.
Antibiotics and antifungal medication my be prescribed by your vet to
treat the secondary bacterial or yeast infections. Your vet may put your
dog on a short course of prednisone to relieve the inflammation,
however, the only long term treatment for flea allergy dermatitis is
total flea control and not allowing one single flea to come in contact
with your dog.
Read more about how to Get Rid of
Fleas on your Dog and in your House
This article simply explains how you can 'do it yourself total flea
control' without the need or expense of a pest exterminator.
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