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Flea Bites and Mosquito Bites on Dogs and Cats

Flea Bites and Mosquito Bites on Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help prevent flea and mosquito bites and to help address itching related to bug bites on dogs and cats.

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The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and is tasked with supporting normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Fleas are small insects that live on your pets and cause a lot of irritation. Flea bites generally result in the formation of a raised, swollen, itching spot on the skin surface with a single puncture wound. Flea bites may cause intense itching, scratching, discomfort and can even lead to an infection or provoke an allergic reaction. Your dog or cat 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 cats is caused by fleas. Flea-bite dermatitis occurs as a flea's saliva contains up to 15 different allergen triggers. Studies have shown that up to 40% of cats have flea bite allergies, and it is something that can develop at any age and in any breed. A single bite from  a flea can set off an allergic reaction that will leave your pet feeling itchy and uncomfortable, which is why a robust immune system is beneficial. A dog or cat with a robust immune system is less likely to respond to the allergen triggers found in flea saliva. 

Flea bites will most likely cause your pet to scratch incessantly, even to the point of breaking the skin, causing raw, weeping, bleeding sores, which can become infected. 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), all of which may appear in a 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. Pet owners are often not even aware that their pet has fleas because they are such difficult parasites to control and see. And an allergic reaction to fleas can present between 3 and 7 days after the initial bite. Seal 'Em & Heal 'Em can topically and internally help address bites and any related wound or infection, and begins healing the skin matrix with hours.

Pets are also often bitten by mosquitoes 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.

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 will display symptoms of 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 commonly 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 repellant, 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.  Seal 'Em & Heal 'Em can topically and internally help address inflammation related to mosquito bites, providing relief from scratching, itching and infection and begins healing the skin matrix with hours.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used holistically to help prevent bug bites including flea, tick and mosquito by building a robust immune system. Some herbs may naturally deter some bugs from biting. Herbs are also used to help address flea bite dermatitis and mosquito bites; to help soothe skin irritations and support overall skin health; to perform as a natural 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.

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.

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant; to help stimulate collagen production and to help repair all types of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, flea bites, insect bites and related infections; for 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, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

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.

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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