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Flea Allergies

Flea AllergiesThis is Lexie. Lexie is a two year old Miniature Schnauzer who’s loving owner couldn’t take it no longer and was about to pull her out because Lexie was driving her nuts itching and scratching! Lexie came to Pet Doctor with a case of excessive scratching, biting and hair loss. You can clearly see the red areas on her skin indicating infection. After obtaining medical history and discovering that Lexie was recently infested with fleas, we confirmed our diagnosis of Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Lexie has been sent home with antibiotics, antihistamines, a medicated shampoo and flea prevention. It’s been about a week and Lexie is now regaining her sanity and her health.

Fleas are minute dark brown insects that jump from grassy areas onto mammals to fulfill their hunger for a blood meal. When a flea bites your companion it passes saliva into your pet’s skin causing an allergic reaction. Fleas undergo various life stages including egg, larva and pupa prior to reaching adulthood.

Your pet may have Flea Allergy Dermatitis if you notice one or more of the following signs:

  • Fleas
  • Flea Dirt (dark brown “dirt” resulting from digested blood excreted by adult fleas)
  • Scratching
  • Biting/Licking
  • Hot Spots
  • Crusts
  • Hair thinning

Flea Allergy Dermatitis can be prevented by simply preventing fleas. Pet Doctor offers various flea preventatives that not only kill fleas, but also repel them. Your furry companion should essentially be on a month to month basis of flea prevention. Flea infestations will also need to be cleared from your home and yard along with treating your pet.

Don’t be in flea denial and stop by Pet Doctor today to prevent your pet from going insane!

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