Natural Treatment for Dogs and Cats with Flea Allergies - Flea Bite Dermatitis
Flea saliva is an allergen that can cause extreme discomfort for sensitive dogs and cats, or those that are prone to allergies. When a flea bites, it leaves its saliva (and allergens) under the pet's skin and the area becomes red, swollen and severly itchy, a condition known as Flea Bite Dermatitis.
Dogs or cats who develop an allergic skin reaction to flea bites will scratch, bite and rub their skin, especially near the base of their tail. They may experience hair loss in the area of the flea bites.
Treatment of flea allergy dermatitis is a three step process:
- Controlling the fleas
- Treating the symptoms of flea bites
- Addressing the underlying causes (suppporting the immune system and promoting healthy skin)
Your dog or cat's reaction to flea bites range from mild scratching and occasional itching to more severe cases of intense, nonstop scratching, licking and biting of the affected area. Hydrocortisone products are often prescribed to relieve the inflammation, but long term use is not recommended. Consider natural remedies that repel fleas without harsh chemicals and creams/supplements that provide relief to flea bites.
Supporting the Immune System and Skin Health
Dogs and cats with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to developing allergic reactions to flea bites. Immune support products like Immugen, will help strengthen your pet's natural defense system so that reactions of allergens (like flea saliva) are less severe. Supplements with Omega-3 fatty acids will help reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin and coat.