Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Canines and felines can suffer from excessive itching due to flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). A single flea is capable of causing enormous itching. Pets suffering from FAD experience severe itching, hair loss, and secondary infections. Patients can develop skin lesions that may extend from the tail to the backs of the legs. FAD exhibits a characteristic pattern of inflammation and appears as flea dirt which is the presence of small black specks on your pet’s coat. However, these signs are not mandatory and the absence of these does not rule out the presence of FAD.  Topical medications are advised to prevent fleas from biting. A thorough cleaning of your pet’s bedding should be done by a professional exterminator.