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Flea & Mosquito Bites on Dogs and Puppies

Fleas & MosquitoesPet supplements to help prevent flea and mosquito bites in dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to help prevent flea and mosquito bites and to prevent itching in adult dogs and puppies.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and allergens.

Fleas are small insects that live on your pets and cause considerable irritation. Flea bites generally result in the formation of a slightly raised, swollen, itching spot on the skin surface with a single puncture wound. Flea bites may cause intense itching and scratching for your pet. Also, your pet may be allergic to the flea saliva present on the skin, leading to a condition known as flea bite dermatitis.

The most common allergy seen in dogs and cats is caused by fleas. Flea-bite dermatitis is a skin condition caused by an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva, which contains up to 15 allergens. Studies have shown that up to 40% of dogs and cats have flea bite allergies, and it can develop at any age. It only takes a single bite from one flea to set off an allergic reaction that will leave your pet feeling itchy and uncomfortable for anywhere between a couple of hours to many days.

Flea bites will most likely cause your pet to scratch incessantly (often until the skin is raw, weeping and even bleeding) and lick at certain spots on the skin. This also causes hot spots of skin that may lose hair and become bald from constant scratching or licking at the itchy area.

Common symptoms may include an allergic reaction to flea saliva that causes flea bite dermatitis, excessive biting scratching, itching and licking skin or fur, as well as wounds, redness, swelling, rashes, hair loss (alopecia) which may appear in single or multiple areas of the body.

Your pet’s coat may also thin, especially in the area above the tail, and they may even experience a generalized hair loss all over their body. Other symptoms include red, inflamed skin, rashes, thickening of the skin and / or small bumps on the skin.

Just like mosquitoes, fleas bite their hosts and suck the blood for nutrition and when they do, they leave small traces of saliva under the skin. In many cases, pet owners are not even aware that their pet has fleas because they are such difficult parasites to control. Also remember that allergic reactions can take between 3 and 7 days to appear after exposure to the allergen.

Pets are often targets for mosquitos during the warmer months. Mosquitoes are tiny insects that breed in water which can range from tide water pools, sewage effluent ponds, ditches or bird baths in order to survive.

They live in places that are humid with high temperatures, and over 150 different species of mosquitoes can be found in the United States. Only the adult female mosquito feeds on animals and humans while the male mosquito feeds on plants. The female has to feed on an animal to obtain enough blood to produce eggs. Without a blood meal, the mosquito will die.

Mosquitoes spread diseases such as the West Nile virus and heartworm disease. Although West Nile virus is rare, dogs and cats can develop this disease and symptoms include fever, lethargy, muscle weakness, spasm, paralysis, seizures or depression. Heartworm disease can be transmitted by the bite of a mosquito and is a serious, life threatening disease that frequently affects dogs and cats.

Mosquitoes carry parasitic worms which live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of animals. These pests also cause skin irritation and inflammation as well as allergic reactions. When a mosquito bites your pet, the affected areas are the nose, ears and pads of the feet. Swelling, tenderness, redness, lesions, raw ulcers, and crusts will develop on the affected area.

Protection from mosquito bites is the best form of defense for your pet. Ensure that your dog or cat is vaccinated against heartworm for up to six months. Use natural cat and dog mosquito repellants, avoiding products that contain DEET. Keep animals indoors during mosquito season and seal your home with good screens to prevent you and your pet from being bitten.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies can be used to address flea bite dermatitis and mosquito bites; to help soothe skin irritations and support overall skin health; acting as antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory for bites and skin irritations; helps boost immunity, cleanses and purifies the blood to keep animals healthy and happy; works to limit histamine triggers that are often associated with allergies.

Baby Love Bits – (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility; as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex; helps prevent against flea and tick infestations; supports the Central Nervous System; stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism; aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance; improves liver function and liver health; purifies whole bodily systems; keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy; for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD); for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help  repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, insect bites, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, both bacterial and viral, containing a natural antibiotic base capable of fighting skin bacteria related to Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona Aeruginosa and Propionibacterium acnes.

 

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. 

Other helpful suggestions:

You can help reduce the discomfort your pet may be experiencing by bathing with an all-natural, oatmeal bath or Epsom salts. (Please buy your pet’s shampoos from an independent retailer that will carry truly all-natural shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, etc.)

A recommended alternative to flea, tick and mosquito medications is the Shoo! Tag, which is non-chemical, water resistant and most important, not toxic.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis is usually determined when fleas are seen on the surface of the skin, usually at the base of the tail. Flea bites are also visible and are usually spotted during a check up at your vet, where an inspection of your animal’s skin will be undertaken. Treatment for flea bites will usually involve topical creams and may include antihistamines; however, these may also have the potential for side effects.

An allergy test may also help to determine if your pet is allergic to any other allergens. The veterinarian may also perform some standard blood tests and skin scrapings to rule out other conditions such as fungal, yeast or bacterial infections.

Obviously the first course of treatment is to get rid of the fleas, but this is easier said than done. One female flea can lay over 2000 eggs in her life span which means infestation can occur rapidly. It is therefore essential to regularly treat your pets for fleas, as well as treating their immediate environments. Once your pet is on a good flea control program, it is not uncommon for them to still get the occasional flea bite which can then be treated.

The conventional methods of treating flea-bite dermatitis usually include using antihistamines, or in severe cases oral steroids which can be used to help manage the itching. If a hot spot develops as a result of the dermatitis, then oral antibiotics may be prescribed. Some of these pharmaceutical medications may have unwanted side-effects so be sure to ask your veterinarian of any known risks and explore alternatives.

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