If one of your dogs recently started to scratch and chew themselves profusely, and in addition, you’ve noticed hair loss that cannot be described as regular, and if you feel scabs on your dog's body when you go over their fur coat, it’s very possible your dog has the flea allergy, or what the vets call flea allergic dermatitis (FAD). You should take action as soon as you can, and be sure to visit your vet to determine the needed therapy and future steps for prevention of this common enemy of canines. Now, there are several things you can do to help your dog. Keep in mind that this disease may persist a good period of time after you apply flea control products, and also, it is of utmost importance to eliminate all fleas and flea eggs in order to upstart the healing process.
In its early phase, it may not be that easy to diagnose if your dog actually has a flea infestation problem. If you do not have that much time on your hands to rush to the vet, this is something you can do, and the convenient thing about this activity is that combing and brushing is (we presume) already a part of your dog’s daily hygiene routine. We recommend you to first apply this technique for determining the nature of your dog’s problem, even before you opt out for some products you may find at the pet pharmacy. It’s purely a matter of common sense – try to test out if your dog even has fleas at all before you introduce some more invasive measures. So grab your grooming equipment and follow these steps.
A common misconception is that fleas live exclusively on your dog’s body. Sure, you may have seen them a dozen times jumping triumphantly in their furry abode, but their true domicile is actually your house. Yes, every crack in the parquet floors, every couch, armchair or carpet is a possible sanctuary to these sly little devils. Fleas lay their eggs on your dog’s body, but in actuality, they live in and outside of your home. The important thing is to simultaneously clean your house very, very meticulously and apply adequate treatment measures and products against these pests. As you will surely see, getting fleas out of your household is no easy task, and unfortunately, cleaning your house is unavoidable in the process of eliminating fleas.
If your dog suffers from flea allergic dermatitis (FAD), you know it’s not a pretty sight. It itches to the point of pain, your dog is in utter distress, and the worst thing about this condition is the fact that it is persistent. So the only way to be triumphant is to never lose momentum in a fight against these little beings. You must win the game of persistence, and the best way to do that is to take as many precautionary steps as one can. The important thing to keep in mind is this: once the treatment starts and your dog is feeling much better – the fight has just begun. There’s a strong possibility that the allergic reaction may return, but now you are prepared for that, and there’s no need to feel dismayed if this happens.
If you have two or three dogs, or a cat, or some other furry creature, chances are that they might be infested with fleas as well, but without the dramatic allergy. So pay attention to their behavior and treat them for fleas as well.
This allergy can really cause a lot of discomfort to your dog, and you can help them out by giving them suitable veterinary prescribed sedatives that alleviate the itch and the pain.
It may seem at first that your dog’s allergic reaction will never go away and that you’ll never succeed in completely eliminating all fleas that live in the corners of your house. But don’t worry, if you take necessary precautions, and if you follow all of the aforementioned steps and activities, you will definitely fix the problem and make your dog’s life enjoyable once again.