||Many dog owners are surprised to learn
that one of the most common allergies
in dogs is hypersensitivity to flea saliva.
The word dermatitis means inflammation.
Fleas are aggravating for any dog. But
for dogs allergic to flea saliva, flea bites
cause severe skin inflammation, and itching
that lasts for days or weeks. This not only
makes your dog miserable, the ensuing
scratching and licking often leads to a skin
infection, which makes itching even worse.
The key to good flea control is using
an excellent flea preventive, such as
Advantage® II, every month, year-round.
Year-round flea control is important for all
dogs, but even more essential for dogs with
a flea allergy. People sometimes assume
they don't need to use a flea product during
the colder months, especially in a northern
climate. But fleas can survive quite well in the
warmth of our homes, even in the winter. Also,
remember that fleas go through a life cycle
of eggs to larvae to pupae to adults. If you
stop using a flea preventive today because
you see no adult fleas, next month when
any remaining eggs or larvae develop into
biting adults, your pet will be unprotected.
For a dog allergic to flea saliva, adequate
protection against fleas may mean
doing more than just applying a topical
product. You may also need to treat your
home, yard, and outdoor kennel.