It’s amazing when you come home from a long stressful day at work and your pet greets you by showering lots of love. It’s meditative as it releases the entire day’s stress in minutes.
But it can be heartbreaking to see your beloved pal in pain. One day you come home from work and you see that your companion is busy scratching and biting his/her body. One of the reasons for this can be Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD).
Flea Allergy Dermatitis is an allergic reaction that some pets are prone to develop. It is a very common skin allergy in pets in the US nowadays. FAD cases swell in summer as fleas prefer a warmer environment. Not all pets are prone to this disease but don’t take it lightly as any pet can develop this allergy.
Fleas release saliva while feeding on your pet to prevent coagulation of blood. And allergens present in the saliva are the cause of allergic skin reactions which causes itching and irritation. It is always recommended to keep an eye on your dog’s behavior during flea season. Hair loss starting from the middle of the back which then goes to the tail end and then rear legs along with itching can be clinical signs of flea allergy. Flea allergy itching is worse than a normal flea bite itching. And itching can lead to skin break which eventually can lead to some severe infections and other skin and blood-related diseases.
It is better to take your pet to a vet as soon as you see them scratching their body in the first place. Don’t wait till they start losing hairs and develop inflammations and infections.
Three immediate steps to soothe your beloved pet.
1. Oral Flea Treatment
Your vet will recommend the topical, oral or injected medication to comfort your pet from itching, irritation, and inflammation. And if your pet has got infections, the vet will also provide antibiotics or anti-fungal treatment.
But these all are the instantaneous treatments that will only give relief for a shorter period. To avoid and eradicate the root cause of this ailment discuss with your vet the methods of eliminating fleas on your pet’s body.
There are many effective oral flea and tick treatments like Nexgard for dogs, Bravecto for dogs, Simparica, etc. Topical treatment is generally not preferred in this situation because it can go into the blood through wounds or skin breaks. This can even lead to severe infections.
2. Natural Ways to Repel Fleas
Brewer’s yeast is a very good flea repellent for dogs/cats as fleas don’t like Thiamine’s taste present in the yeast; as a result, they stop feeding on your pet. Feed brewer’s yeast to your pet with food. Thiamine in brewer’s yeast travels to the upper layer of the skin after digestion. Else you can also DIY to get rid of fleas.
Brushing your pet with the flea comb daily can remove fleas on a daily basis.
Vitamin E oil is very good for pets. Apply it twice a day on the hot spots of the infested area.
3. Make Your House a Flea Free House
After learning that your pal is suffering from FAD. One of the immediate steps is to go on a rampage and make your house free from fleas. Fleas live in your house. They make their abode in carpets, beds, and other surfaces. Once finding a house to stay, the next thing they want is someone to feed on and who better than your pet.
They start feeding your furry pal and start having the time of their life. Unlimited food supply and a house to stay, life is pretty much sorted for these fleas but for you and your beloved pal, it is the start of a struggle.
So, clean your carpets and beddings at regular intervals. Wash them with hot water and detergent. Vacuum your couches, beds, cushions, and rugs to clean fleas, flea eggs, and larvae and for that matter vacuum your curtains as well. Empty your vacuum cleaner outside after cleaning or they can again sneak into your house.
In a nutshell,
Pets can’t speak and explain the pain and suffering they go through and obviously you don’t want them to go through. You always want your furry friend to jump on you, hover around you, and play happily every day.
So, it’s better to take precautions to ensure the happiness and health of the ultimate live wire of your house.
About Author: Jamie Hytten is a Birmingham based content writer who has a vast and rich experience in writing content regarding pets and their healthcare. He has ghostwritten for many top pet care sites over the past decade. Apart from writing, he loves spending time with her family and pet dogs.