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Flea Bite Dermatitis

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:

  1. Controlling the fleas
  2. Treating the symptoms of flea bites
  3. Addressing the underlying causes (suppporting the immune system and promoting healthy skin)

Natural Flea Remedies

When used regularly, flea collars, sprays, powders and shampoos are effective in reducing the number of fleas that come in contact with your dog or cat. Herbal Flea Pet Powder and Flea and Tick Defense are natural flea repellents that can be used safely without adverse side effects.

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.

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.