My Pet Itches

Skin Conditions

Parasites

Fleas

signs-flea

No pet enjoys fleas. Fleas bite, which causes itching and discomfort, and some fleas can carry diseases. And they lay their eggs and deposit their feces ("flea dirt") in your pet's fur. Unchecked, a flea population can rapidly expand to a full-scale infestation, affecting all pets in the household

Fleas on your pet can result in hair loss, infections, scabs and other skin problems. For some pets, the saliva from the flea is an allergen that evokes an allergic reaction, often called dermatitis.

With today's anti-flea arsenal, there is no reason for a pet or a home to have fleas. But to rid your pet of fleas, you should consult with your veterinarian for recommendations on treatment and prevention.

Types of treatment:

Parasites other than fleas

Dogs and cats are attractive hosts to a variety of parasites that have an unhealthy effect on the skin. These can include:

  • Ear mites
  • Ticks
  • Scabies (mange)
  • Demodex (mange)
  • Cheyletiella (walking dandruff)

It's important to address any parasite quickly before there are complications, and worse, the parasite moves on to other people or pets in the household.

Scabies, for example, can easily move to other pets. Ticks are especially problematic as they can transmit Lyme disease and other pathogens to humans.

Because signs of a parasite can mimic other skin problems, it's important to enlist the help of your veterinarian in determining the cause and developing a treatment plan.

Signs of parasites other than fleas:

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