Monday, August 18, 2008

Is Your Dog Allergic to Flea Bites?

Studies have shown that there are around 15 antigens in the saliva of any flea. Any one of those can cause an allergic response to any sensitive dog out there. It does not really matter if flea control is a lot easier nowadays since flea bite allergies can still be a huge problem for any dog owner. To make it even worse, as soon as your dog develops one allergy you will have to fight it over and over again as he/she will always be allergic.

All dogs that have flea allergies will scratch frequently and bite themselves at the base of their tails. You might also notice a thinning or loss of hair right above the base of the tail. Look out for flea dirt or even fleas on your pet. If moistened the flea dirt will turn into a red color when dissolving due to it being mostly digested blood. This is how you can recognize flea dirt and keep in mind that dogs that are severely affected might even itch over their entire bodies, show hair loss and red inflamed skin. Most hot spots are actually a result of flea bite allergies.

Keep in mind everything noted above and you clearly realize that the diagnosis of dog allergy caused by flea bites is possible through the presence of fleas, the visual signs mentioned or through intradermal skin testing. The good news is that flea bite allergies are not so difficult to take care of. The best solution would be to avoid the fleas getting in contact with your dog. This means that you should always use a tick and flea shampoo and make sure that you also have at hand products that will help your pooch to soothe irritated, itchy skin. Monthly treatments are also available.

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