Pet Ohana


POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monthly steps may prevent flea allergies

QUESTION: My dog always scratches himself. I don't see fleas on him; could an allergy be the cause of itchiness?

ANSWER: A flea allergy is the most common skin disease in both dogs and cats. While you might not see them, that doesn't mean they aren't there. The allergy is induced by a flea's saliva, and it only takes few bites for it to become a nuisance for your dog.

Ensure you provide a monthly flea preventative; wash pet bedding weekly; vacuum frequently, especially between sofa cushions and small crevices; and clean your car, pet carrier and other places where your pet spends time.

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