Flea allergy in dogs
Fleas cause much more damage than you think. They are the transferors of the flea tapeworm. This is the worm species that is most common in dogs and cats. Fleas not only suck up blood, but also place saliva in the blood vessel. Fleas cause a lot of itching and unrest in the dog. You could get bitten yourself. Fleas can be infected with viruses, bacteria and skin fungus. In puppies, kittens,old and chronic dogs, multiple flea bites can cause anemia and reduced resistance. Also, some animals suffer from a flea allergy, which can cause a flea bite to cause a violent reaction.
Dogs allergic to fleas can react violently if they already have one flea bite. It looks like they're all covered in fleas. Symptoms of this allergic reaction can include: itching, constant licking, many rolls, etc. A reaction can take weeks to months.
Treatment of a flea allergy in dogs
- Fighting fleas
With a dog with a flea allergy, it is best to buy a spot-on, band or spray with a flea killing effect. If you have a well-working product, the flea should have been repelled and killed before it bit. For dogs that are allergic, products that go through the bloodstream are not suitable; they also only work after the flea has already bitten and then damage has already been done. In addition to a flea-killing product, you also need to use a growth inhibitory (IGR) agent. The life cycle of the flea is then interrupted, this works most effectively.
- Approach from the inside
There are several health products that can help your dog to properly drain the saliva from fleas and increase resistance. A homeopathic product has a highly diluted extract of the flea and ensures that the allergy is reduced or removed. With dietary supplements, you can support the condition of the dog's skin and coat. There are several nutrients that are important for healthy skin and coat, such as organic sulfur, zinc, omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and biotin.
- Reducing itching
Use an external product to reduce itching once you realize that a dog with flea allergy has itching. Because the dog licks and scratches the skin, it can become irritated, so there is a chance that your dog will get into a vicious circle. Not only by the flea bite, but also because the skin becomes irritated from scratching.