Flea Allergy: How You Can Help Your Dog

Fleas are annoying parasites that cause itching. Many dogs also suffer from flea allergy, more precisely: flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). The animals react to the fleas' saliva with severe skin problems. Read here how you can help your animal. Image: Shutterstock / Mila Atkovska

The bites of small insects are even more unpleasant for dogs suffering from flea allergies than for their healthy counterparts. The symptoms that a flea bite usually causes are exacerbated by the allergic reaction. The result is an excruciatingly itchy rash.

Recognizing flea allergies in dogs: this is how it expresses itself

The extremely severe itching causes your dog, who is allergic to fleas, to scratch and bite excessively. There are also signs of an allergic reaction to the parasite bite on the skin:

● redness
● crust formation
● dandruff
● swelling

Hair loss at the bite site can also be a consequence. If you see these symptoms or flea droppings in the dog's fur, be sure to see the vet. Otherwise your dog will scratch the skin again and again so that it can catch fire.

How to recognize a flea saliva allergy in dogs

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Flea saliva allergy dermatitis: this is how the veterinarian makes the diagnosis

If you suspect that your dog has a flea allergy, you can have it checked by the veterinarian. He will first see if your dog has fleas. For this he uses a flea comb with which he can brush out the flea droppings and possibly some of the small parasites. If he finds evidence of flea infestation and allergic symptoms in your four-legged friend, the diagnosis of flea saliva allergy dermatitis is obvious. An allergy test can bring certainty.

Is your dog suffering from flea allergy? You can do that

You should always fight fleas - regardless of whether your animal is allergic or not. To do this, contact your veterinarian. For example, he can prescribe parasite products for you in the form of sprays or bath products for your dog. These agents kill the fleas. For the skin problems caused by the flea's saliva, the vet can recommend skin-soothing shampoos. The veterinarian treats open and scratched areas on the skin immediately to avoid infections. To do this, he applies an ointment with anti-inflammatory agents, such as glucocorticoids.

Unfortunately, flea saliva allergy dermatitis (FAD) itself cannot be cured - only the vet can alleviate the symptoms. In addition to parasite agents, skin care products and ointments, there is the option of desensitization. The vet will give your dog small doses of the allergen to get used to it. Unfortunately, desensitization doesn't work so well with a flea allergy.

There is only one safe way to avoid an allergic reaction: your dog must avoid the allergen, i.e. flea saliva. However, this is not easy. Nevertheless, try to protect your four-legged friend from fleas as much as possible. Regular washing of dog blankets, sleeping places and Co. is essential.

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