Flea and insect bite allergies are common for all dogs. It is when there is an exaggerated inflammatory response to the bite or sting of an insect in the area. These bites can come from fleas, ticks, horseflies, mosquitos, wasps, and bees. The most common incest allergen is fleas.
When a dog gets a flea bite it will often result in severe local itching and may even remove the hair and bite at the area. It is common for this to happen around the tail or the lower back of the dog. When they bite a scratch over and over again, this may cause them to break the skin and get abrasions which can lead to other bacterial infections.
To treat this allergy, it is extremely important to have strict flea control. Use medicines and take precautions when they go outside. Every month, apply an at-home flea and tick treatment to your dog and your house free of fleas.
If you are unable to control the fleas, take your dog to the vet and have them prescribe an antihistamine to temporarily stop the itching. If there is a bacterial infection present, be sure to treat that as well.
It is important to observe your dog’s habits when it comes to scratching, licking, butt dragging, sneezing, coughing, or even having a runny nose. If it is a constant thing, be sure to treat it before it causes further damage.
If you have allergies, you know how miserable it can be to go through the symptoms. Let’s make sure we understand our pets' health just as much as our own so we can give our fur babies a great life - allergy-free!