Discovering your dog has fleas is definitely a problem. However, if your pup has flea bite hypersensitivity, also referred to as flea bite dermatitis, he could be facing an entirely new slew of issues. The Skin Vet Clinic defined flea bite dermatitis as an extreme allergy to the saliva of fleas that causes your dog to experience extreme discomfort from bites, much more than a dog without the allergy. While your dog is more likely to develop this allergy as a puppy, it is possible for him to get the allergy at an older age, said the source.
There are several red flags that indicate your dog has the allergy. These include severe scratching, hair loss, scabs and lesions on his skin, according to PetMD. You may also notice excessive flea dirt, as well as heat spots located towards his hindquarters, reported the source.
The only way to truly protect your dog from developing flea bite sensitivity is to treat him before he even comes in contact with a flea, suggested the Skin Vet Clinic. Use Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs and Puppies to protect your pup and ensure he never has to experience this allergy.
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