Three steps to control flea bite allergies in dogs
There is no direct correlation between the number of fleas and the agony your pet suffers. Even a few bites can cause intense itching, scratching through the night, hair loss, and open lesions in hypersensitive animals. We’ve designed a three-step approach to control flea bite allergies in dogs.
Many dogs seem naturally resistant to fleas. Others suffer flea bite dermatitis, a more severe reaction with redness and itching. FAD – flea allergy dermatitis – is a much worse situation. The saliva from fleas stirs up your dog’s immune system, dramatically magnifying the severity of itching. The dog’s response is involuntary, and can lead to secondary skin infections and behavioral problems.
We recommend a three-pronged approach to getting flea allergies under control, and maintaining a healthy, happy home:
- Knock down the infestation with regular application of topical and oral flea treatments. We guide you in determining a combination that is safe for your pet.
- Treat symptoms with soothing baths and sprays. Our clinicians suggest the most effective products, and prescribe allergy medicine, steroids, and antibiotics to calm irritated skin.
- Address the environment. Wash bedding and dog beds. Treat carpets and your yard with pet-safe insecticides.
Then relax and enjoy spending time with your best friend! Call All Creatures Care Cottage at (949) 430-7576 for the kind of care your dog deserves.