Dr Anne Fawcett - Flea Allergy Dermatitis
What is Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
Flea allergy dermatitis is one of the three major allergic skin diseases and is the most common “itchy skin” disorder affecting dogs and cats. It typically doesn’t take many fleas to cause a reaction, especially in animals that are highly sensitive. In these cases it only takes one or two fleas to set things off.
Fleas can survive up to 100 days feeding on your dog or cat. A female flea lays up to 50 eggs per day and over 2000 in her full life cycle, so it only takes a short period of time for your pet and their environment to become highly contaminated.
What are the symptoms of Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
Pets suffering from flea bite dermatitis typically present with a history of biting and scratching over their lower back and down the side of their thighs. The scratching can lead to hair loss, sores and secondary infections.
Whilst fleas prefer warmer temperatures, they also well adapted to survive inside during colder months. It has been proven that intermittent biting of fleas can cause pets to become more sensitive to their effects, so it is important maintain flea control all year round.
What is our treatment process?
There are many flea control products on the market and it can be confusing, especially when it comes to choosing the best product for your pet. Our veterinary staff can make a recommendation that is best suited to your pet. We can also address any current treatment your pet may need and formulate a plan for environmental flea control.
When it comes to flea management, prevention is the best form of treatment.