Avoiding and Managing Flea Allergy Dermatitis

protecting your pet from flea allergiesPet allergies can make humans miserable but did you realize that the very dogs and cats we love can be suffering from allergies too.  Flea allergy dermatitis is an allergy to the saliva of fleas that affects both cats and dogs.  Of course not all cats and dogs are allergic to fleas since flea infestations can be common especially in more humid settings.  If you suspect your pet is suffering from flea allergy dermatitis here is some information to help you manage it and help you to avoid it in the future.

Though dogs also are victims of FAD in this article we will focus on cats since it appears a more common allergy for them.  Fleas in and of themselves are a nuisance and uncomfortable but when a cat develops flea allergy dermatitis it can get to the point where the poor cat is practically scratching its skin raw and making itself almost bald.

A cat is well known for its grooming and self cleaning routine.  This sometimes impedes your ability to confirm that he indeed has fleas since the cat can wipe away the signs.  Also of note is that one flea bite may be enough to trigger a full blown case of flea allergy dermatitis.  This disease can spread well beyond the site of the flea bite.

Signs of flea allergy dermatitis in your cat include aggressive scratching and chewing of it tail and legs.  At a certain point ulcers can be visible on the cat’s skin.  Patches covered in rash may also be seen.  All of these things will be looked for when you take your cat to the vet.

Though the discomfort of your cat is an obvious concern the more important problem will be infections that can develop from all of the scratching and chewing.  Fungal infections may also arise from a case of flea allergy dermatitis.  The vet usually treats those infections with antibiotics.  Steroidal medicines may also be prescribed to stop the flea biting and scratching cycle that is torturing your pet.

The vet will definitely give you the tools to manage your pets case of flea allergy dermatitis but it really is up to you to make sure you avoid another case once this one is gone.  Flea powder is the obvious but controlling your pet’s exposure to fleas is key avoiding flea allergy dermatitis.  The Frontline brand of flea and tick control products used regularly are also recommended online.  These products are supposed to kill the fleas before they even have a chance to bite your pet.

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