Flea Allergy Dermatitis is the most common skin disease found on pets. The amount of pets that have been affected by fleas has increased immensely this year. This has been the result of the hot temperatures and humid weather that was seen in the summer. This has allowed a larger population of squirrels and deer to be present, and therefore they have been able to host and transfer more fleas than usual. Fleas transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. Pet owners should be on the lookout for severe itching of the skin, also referred to as pruritus, which can be caused by as few as one to two flea bites a week. This can also progress into hair loss and scabs on the dog’s skin. This commonly starts at the base of the tail and buttocks.
To check for fleas, owners should use a hair comb and look for fleas and flea dirt. The best way to control and prevent fleas is to use continuous flea control. There are many options for treatment such as a topical treatment, oral products, and flea shampoos. Read the instructions, and make sure to apply the treatment as instructed. Dogs who are allergic may require steroid or antihistamines for sensitivity.