Activities For Dogs With a Flea Allergy

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Introduction

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.

Combing and Brushing

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
5 - 10 min
Items needed
comb
veterinary approved pest control product
Activity description

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. 

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Touch and feel
While you're combing your dog’s fur coat, try to feel the surface of the skin as well. If you bump into small scabs, or if you notice that your dog’s hair is falling of in strands, especially on the neck, thighs and back, and that is more than the usual ‘it’s summertime’ or ‘I have a yellow Lab’ kind of way, this is a clear indication of a flea allergic reaction.
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Fight it!
While you’re doing your grooming and combing, you should try to introduce some measures to your routine, at least once a month, if not more often during the flea season – some pest control spray, powder, necklace or one of the variety of quality products that are available on the market. These small precautions will mean the world to your dog. Ask your veterinarian what they would recommend as a safe product for your pup.
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Cleaning the House

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Any Day
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Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
vacuum cleaner
pest control service spray
cleaning products
Activity description

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. 

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Banish them!
The first and crucial step is to take out your and your dog’s worst enemy, the loudest and most obnoxious appliance there is – the ol’ vacuum cleaner. Yes, yes, we know, you hate vacuuming, but keep in mind that if you do this step inadequately and skip a few corners or carpets, some fleas may survive. Some dogs can have a serious allergic reaction from just one bite, and if you don’t vacuum your whole household and furniture, you might as well begin the healing process from scratch. Let your pup relax in a quiet area away from the noise, if that is what they prefer to do.
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Go natural
Most vets concur on one thing – you do not have to spray your house with anti-pest products. Yes, that’s right – you should devote your attention to cleaning the house and to preventives that are put directly on your dog – powders, capsules, sprays, necklaces and the like. Some people are of the opinion that they will eliminate fleas by spraying their house, but this just may prove to be detrimental because a lot of these products are actually harmful.
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Wash or replace
Your dog will appreciate your efforts even more once they are flea-free and get to lay their body down on a revamped or new bed. Depending on how easy it is to wash your pet's bed, you may choose to discard it altogether. If so, you and pup can go shop for a new one!
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Anti-flea Attitude

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
24 hrs
Items needed
pest control products
cleaning products
resoluteness
Activity description

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.

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Groom!
Building proper grooming habits is imperative if you wish to avoid an allergic reaction. You must not forget this, and this actually happens way too often – winter comes, everything is peaceful, fleas are in a deep slumber, but once the spring arrives – it begins all over again. So try to internalize pest control as part of your everyday life.
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Set a routine
Consider anti-flea products a part of your daily life, have them always in your house, and with the first sun rays, put that anti-flea necklace proudly on your dog’s neck. Of course, some other products (and there are lots of them on the market) may be more appropriate for your dog’s needs – be sure to consult the vet and determine what is the best choice for your dog.
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Help your dog

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.

Eliminate all sources

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.

Conclusion

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.