Help for dogs and cats with flea allergies or flea bite dermatitis. Dr. Colleen Smith discusses natural treatments to rid your pet of fleas. To view other pet health videos, visit www.holisticpetinfo.com
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question Lisha Barta : Is it really a new “smart” vaccination for pets, because every 6 months ….?
… T for about $ 50. It would be great! And please comment on food allergies, yeast infections, and flea-bite dermatitis, and success stories. I’m all for home-brewed remedies. I use vinegar 50/50, and H2O on my two cats and dogs. The vinegar seems to help skin infections best answer.
In the UK, you can find something called “Front Line” where you put a drop on the back of the neck and lasts six months. You can get it for dogs and cats. There is no vaccination for a vaccine, but effective
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External parasites live on a cats skin. They not only cause irritation, but sometimes carry other diseases. As you groom your cat, examine its coat for any evidence of parasites.
Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of animals and create mild to severe discomfort. They cause chronic scratching and, if swallowed by a cat, can also transmit tapeworms. Flea bite allergy is the most common allergy affecting cats. It occurs when a cat is exposed to flea saliva as the flea bites. The saliva acts as an allergen and can cause intense itching. Hair loss and skin infections are other signs of flea allergy. Controlling fleas is essential in managing this type of allergy.
Fleas can hatch in a cats bedding, carpets, furniture and outdoor areas. To control fleas, a cats environment as well as the cat must be treated. Keeping the environment flea-free involves dealing with all stages of the flea life cycle. Fleas live on host animals and move readily from cat to cat, man to man, or from man to cat or other animals. Eggs are laid loose in the cat’s coat and generally fall off soon afterwards and are usually hatched in four to seven days. Animals passing through an infested area pick up these newly hatched and developing fleas.
Special attention should be paid to a cats sleeping area. It should be kept clean and the bedding should be washed frequently. In the house, thoroughly vacuum all carpets and crevices, under cushions, rugs and in the corners of upholstered furniture. Discard the vacuum bag because it may harbor fleas. Some flea control in the yard is possible through spraying. Thorough cleaning and vacuuming help, but a professional exterminator may be needed to control heavy infestations. Multiple treatments may be needed to remove fleas from the household environment. Fleas are diagnosed by finding either the parasites themselves or black specks called flea dirt (flea excrement) on a cat’s coat.
Many preparations are available to aid in flea control. A once-a-month tablet for flea control is available through veterinarians. This tablet kills the flea eggs deposited on a cat. Adult fleas can still bite the cat and deposit eggs. Cats can get an allergic reaction from the flea bites as well as tapeworms.
The once-a-month tablet is a preventative. Products to control fleas in the house and yard are also needed in a complete flea control program, especially in the case of moderate to severe infestations. Be certain the label on any product you use states the product is safe for cats and follow label directions. Your veterinarian can also provide advice about products that will be effective in your particular situation.
Infestation of Fleas
Dogs can develop skin allergies, balding, skin rashes, dermatitis and other conditions including worms if fleas are not controlled. In severe cases, the dog will become restless.
Flea bite allergy is a common condition that causes the dog to scratch incessantly. If the scratching does not provide sufficient relief, the dog will bite at his skin and tear out patches of hair trying to get rid of the itch.
Effects of Fleas
Dogs can become extremely irritated and sensitive to other disturbances, such as a family member attempting to play with the dog or even to pet him. Dogs in distress are likely to bite family members out of frustration.
It’s important, therefore, to make sure that your dog is clear of fleas. This can be difficult if your dog has the run of the yard or goes on frequent trips to the park or is allowed to run free. Fleas are everywhere and are spread by wild animals. Squirrels are a particularly troublesome source as they tend to carry them from nest to ground on a regular basis.
While it’s not feasible to eliminate fleas from your yard, it is relatively easy to rid them from inside your house and from your dog.
There are many products available that will do the trick. You can get flea collars for your pet, use a flea spray or bathe your dog with flea soap. Some products that you give your dog orally will protect your dog for up to a year. If you have multiple pets, treat them all so the fleas have nowhere to hide and cannot be transferred to your treated animals.
Of course, treating the dog isn’t enough. Fleas jump off your dog from time to time and hide in carpets, bedding, and other soft materials. If your dog has his own chair or is allowed on your furniture, the fleas will take refuge there until feeding time. Then, they will seek the closest source of food which includes humans, dogs and other household animals.
To be sure you get rid of as many fleas as possible, take the animal bedding outside and shake it out, then spray it well with a flea repellent. Better yet, wash it if possible. Spray into the carpets and along the baseboards of your rooms, especially those where the dog and any other house pets hang out.
Best Treatments for Fleas
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The non-toxic Victor Ultimate Flea Trap detects and controls indoor flea problems. The unique lighted dome attracts fleas in 360 degrees, from up to 30 feet away, while the “Super Grabber” glue holds them fast.
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The light bulb allows for easy viewing of results and a heat source to attract the fleas out of upholstery and carpeting, while the unique open dome design allows for quick glue trap replacement.
Follow the directions on the flea treatment products for best results. It will likely take several treatments before the fleas are all gone, but they will return. It’s important to maintain monthly spraying during the warm months when fleas proliferate to ensure the best protection for your animals and your family.
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How to Prevent Flea Bites
Preventing flea bites requires eliminating the fleas from the dog’s coat using a flea bath, a fine-toothed flea comb or a topical treatment. Get rid of fleas and their larva with helpful information from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on pet care.
Expert: Dr. James Dee, D.V. M.
Bio: Dr. James Dee is a veterinarian and partner at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
Filmmaker: Paul Muller
Video On How To Prevent Flea Bites
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Fleas and other parasites need to be given always a priority by the dog owners. The common incidences of flea bite allergy in case of dogs cause worries among the dog owners. Fleas bite induces allergic reactions in the concerned area bitten by the fleas. Hence, the affected area looks like hairless area and the animal starts scratching.
Fleas cause severe dermatitis in dogs.
Fleas cause severe dermatitis in dogs with severe flea infestations. Many times, the flea bite causes allergic reactions in the dogs. In many occasions, dogs experience severe discomforts due to these allergic reactions. Medicated collars are available to treat and prevent the infestation with external parasites like ticks or fleas.
Other parasites like ticks, lice in addition to the internal parasites like hook worms, round worms, whip worms etc. cause affections in the health status of the animal. For example, if hookworm affects the animal, most of the times, the dog has anemia. The anemic signs become more prominent depending on the degree of affection by the hookworm.
Hookworm larvae can pass directly through the skin and cause problems in the affected ones. Such dogs may reveal lesions pertaining to the dermatitis in the feet region and in the skin areas. Skin rashes may be seen frequently in such cases and the affected animal passes loose stool, which is of red tinged and mixed with blood material.
If the round worms are seen in more numbers, the affected puppies reveal a potbelly condition, which is easily recognized by the dog owners themselves. Piperazine salts are given by oral route for the treatment of this problem. However, broad-spectrum anthelmintics like pyrantel pamoate, fenbendazole are given to treat these conditions.
Many drugs have come in market to treat the fleas and other parasites. Nowadays, the medical agent called as Ivermectin is highly preferred by many dog owners to treat the fleas and other parasites in dogs. This drug is available in injection form and oral form. Even the drug is available for the external application also.