Secret TIPS are shared by @drboazman ! Think itchy 😞 & that’s how your 🐶 or 🐈 feels with flea allergy dermatitis ! Flea allergy dermatitis is a very common allergy & is caused by flea bites; more specifically, flea spit (yes, spit). A flea’s saliva causes your pet to become very itchy & puts them at risk for secondary skin infections. Often, the allergic reaction is mistaken for a rash.

It doesn’t take many fleas to cause your 🐕 or 🐈 to go into a scratching & grooming frenzy. In fact, sometimes you won’t see ANY fleas at all because your pet has removed them while grooming!

Any pet can become allergic to the bites of fleas, so it is important to learn how to care for your pet when they have fleas. If your pet is plagued with flea allergies you may see the following:

Hair loss, Scratching of self, sometimes intensely, Chewing, biting at the tail, hind end, & legs (most often, the hind legs), Open, oozing sores, Skin damage due to scratching/licking

While flea allergy dermatitis is a very common allergy in 🐶 or 🐈 other disorders can cause similar symptoms. Your 🐾 veterinarian 🥼 may recommend tests to rule out other common problems. They will take a thorough history of your pet’s behavior & symptoms & perform a thorough physical exam. Your veterinarian will most likely use a “flea comb” to look for the signs of fleas, including the fleas themselves & flea “dirt,” which is actually flea 💩. If fleas are present, they will recommend controlling the flea problem as a first step to determining why your pooch is so itchy. If fleas are not apparent, they may recommend tests to rule out other causes, such as food allergies, mange, mites, or ear infections. Additionally, they will recommend treatment for any secondary issues that have resulted from your dog’s intense scratching, such as wounds or open sores.

There are two important components to treating your dog for flea allergies. The first is to control the fleas & prevent your furry friend from future bites. Your vet can recommend safe flea control for your dog & the environment.

Your veterinarian will also treat any secondary infections as a result of the flea allergy.