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Three steps to control flea bite allergies in dogs

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.

Understanding FAD

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.

Taking control

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.

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Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS

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A graduate from the University of California, Irvine, and Murdoch University, Dr. Rand Spongberg brings with him a plethora of skills and expertise. He is a very well established veterinarian who has a passion for animal welfare and is a firm believer in taking care of both the pet and its owner.

Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.

In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.