Flea and Tick Preventatives Can Prevent Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Flea allergy dermatitis is a common problem, but one your pet can easily avoid if they receive their flea and tick preventatives on a routine basis throughout the year. This condition can only occur if a flea actually bites your pet. Some dogs are naturally hypersensitive to flea bites and develop severely itchy skin as a result. This itching is caused by certain chemicals found in flea saliva.
Recognizing Skin Disorders in Pets
The most obvious signs of a skin disorder include bald patches in the coat that appear red and raw, excessive shedding, and constant licking/chewing of the feet. Some pets may also give off an unpleasant odor. In more severe cases, the continuous licking and scratching will break down the skin barrier and leave them at risk for bacterial infections.
Detecting your pet’s problem at an early stage can greatly reduce or prevent their risk of infection, and make their condition much easier to manage.
Building an Allergy Treatment Plan for Your Dog
We’ll take all the time you need to get to the bottom of your dog’s condition and find a treatment that works. Your veterinarian might recommend testing for your pet, which may include doing a skin scraping and cytology in house, or sending out to a specialist lab for allergy testing. For the most complete care, we use both in-house and outside laboratory services.
Allergies can't be permanently cured; however, they can be managed extremely well with medications prescribed by your veterinarian. A double treatment that includes targeting the symptoms and the underlying allergy is much more likely to succeed.