Flea Bites

Flea bite hypersensitivity can be attributed to the multitude of flea bites on your pets. Commonly seen by many veterinarians, flea bites can cause a variety of problems. Sensitivity to flea bites can develop at any age and has been reported to be the number one reason for visits to the vets office. Although flea bites are irritating, is actually the saliva that is the main factor in cause for irritation to your pet.

Severe itching, swelling,and redness of skin the skin are the most commonly reported symptoms of sensitivity to flea bites, medically referred to as pruritis. Pruritis can be a gradually development, occurring with one or two flea bites per week, meaning symptoms may be seen even after the use of flea control. Other reported factors of sensitivity to flea bites result in scabs on the skin, hair loss, and findings of flea dirt.

Treating Flea Bites

  1. To help alleviate your dog's scratching and treat his flea bites, start with a cool bath (do not use warm water). This will act as a soothing agent to your dogs irritated skin. You may use gentle shampoos such as oatmeal or aloe based products, these will be beneficial for soothing the skin and help with healing the flea bites.

  2. Apply aloe vera to the flea bites. Aloe vera is a natural remedy for irritation and healing. Hydrocortisone ointments may also be beneficial to apply to the skin to keep your pet from causing further damage to the skin by scratching.

  3. If you believe your pet have developed an infection from severe flea bites and scratching the you should visit your veterinarian for further evaluation. Your vet may prescribe a steroid ointment to reduce inflammation and possibly antibiotics for any sign of infections due to flea bites.

Always make sure to monitor your pets scratching to make sure that they are not making the situation worse by causing an infection. Once the skin irritation has subsided, apply Fleadome Act, a natural flea killer, to prevent future flea bites.