Is it a flea allergy?

For many pet owners, this is also the time when our cats and dogs can not stop scratching! Before going changing your pet’s diet or exercising for expensive supplements, you need to think about when the aggravation began. The mid to late summer months will be the height of flea season that may be a itchy scratchy nightmare for the dogs and cats with a flea allergy. Gremlin went through this, so I have been there! Here’s the way to tell if that’s what is happening. The allergy is not to the fleas themselves, but their spit. In other words, the itchy reaction can occur after just one bite and may persist long after the flea is gone.
If you see your dog scratching, licking, and chewing at the base of the tail, haunches, under their legs, buttocks, and stomach, they may be experiencing a flea allergy. The chewing can cause dry scaly patches of skin and if left untreated can lead to open sores that are vulnerable to infection. Some dogs may even have red bumps in the affected regions.
Just like puppies, many cats can be allergic to flea saliva. Cats have a similar scratching, licking, and chewing pattern as puppies and can create a rash of small round lumps, called feline army dermatitis (due to the similarity to millet seeds) within their back, neck, and face.
Despite a Monthly Preventative
You may think that your pet’s protected against fleas on account of your strict monthly preventative program, but not every preventative is created equally. There are many preventatives both over the counter and prescription. Many over the counter approaches take days and a few even need the fleas to bite before murdering them and as this is an allergy to their spit, this just will not do.
Injectable methods would be your best bet, but even there you will realize that some are better than others.Some work quicker than others. As an example, based on Elanco, the manufacturers of Comfortis, Comfortis starts killing fleas within half an hour of government with an effective speed of 98-100% over four hours. Nexgard, the most common preventative now, requires 24 hours to kill 100 percent of fleas.
Besides speed, you and your veterinarian should think about how the preventative targets fleas. The active ingredient in Comfortis (and among these in Trifexis, also an Elanco manufacturer ) is Spinosad. This medication attacks the nervous system of the flea. Sentinel, a fresh Gremlin knows and loves, uses lufenuron, which functions as a growth inhibitor, killing fleas in the egg and larvae stage. Sentinel’s belief is that if there are no baby fleas growing up to be blood-sucking adult fleas, then there will not be a flea issue.
When you talk about treatment with your vet, ask about a combination of remedies. In New Orleans, where the flea population is radically out of control, our vet (who I also worked for) advocated a Comfortis/Sentinel combo. This mixture kills adult fleas on your dog and controls any creatures they pick up out and about. I strongly recommend asking your vet about this whenever possible if your dog is fighting this summer.
Treating Your Dwelling
You are not done yet. You absolutely have to treat your house and yard if you’re going to have an influence on your own flea population.
For this, I urge Fleabusters. It’s far easier than you may think to use and not in any way toxic to your loved ones. Fleabusters is a borate powder which does not poison or attack anything. And it does so quite efficiently.
The application process is rather straightforward. It’s a really fine powder which you spread around your flooring and lawn (especially damp and shady areas). You will want to use a broom or foxtail brush to spread it around your floors surfaces. You are able to vacuum and sweep normally since it’s a static property which helps it cling to any surface. After using this powder, you will find more than your flea population diminishing! This stuff works on many household pests! We are big fans!
A Tricky Issue Many times there will not be signs of fleas due to the preventative you are giving, in which case you may be given a special diet or nutritional supplement.
For example, once the biting and itching didn’t resolve itself following drugs and supplements it had been recommended to us that Gremlin begin a radical and lifelong steroid program! If your cat or dog is more than a year old and has been fine with their diet apparently until today, then you need to bring up what you have read here!
Consider how few factors have changed on your dog’s life and make a point. Should you wind up with a new diet or supplement that does not do the trick, consider another opinion.

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