Treatments for Flea Allergy in Dogs
The most important treatment for treating flea allergy in dogs is to rid your pets, home and yard of fleas. Ongoing flea control is the backbone to a happy and healthy dog, and fortunately there are many safe products on the market today that can provide relief to your pet and treat the flea infestation in your home and yard.
Start by providing your dog some relief. Give him a bath with a quality flea shampoo or flea dip to kill any and all fleas currently living on your dog. The ones that contain oatmeal are especially beneficial for dogs with sensitive or allergy prone skin. Follow this up by applying effective flea drops like Advantage or Frontline Plus to kills fleas on contact so that your dog can avoid being bitten again. Products like these are ideal in aiding to prevent new fleas from attacking and causing anymore allergic reactions. Finally, flea control pills and regular grooming of your dog will also help prevent any infestation problems from reoccurring.
Next, begin treating your home. There are numerous items on the market today that treat and kill fleas inside your house. Our favorite are flea powders because they can be easily applied to your carpet and used each time you vacuum. Additionally, flea sprays can be used protect hard to reach areas, sofas and pet bedding. Another option growing in popularity are electronic flea traps because they are a completely green remedy and pesticide free.
Finally, don’t forget to address your yard. Your dog must make multiple trips to use the bathroom outside daily. Without treating your yard, the changes of becoming re-infested are extremely high. There are multiple flea control solutions for the yard but our favorite is Diatomaceous earth for fleas. It is not only the safest, but likely the cheapest and most environmentally friendly option you will find.
If the flea allergy is bad, a visit to the vet is likely necessary. Your vet will then decide what would be the best treatment for your dog, whether it be prescrition topical ointments, medicated shampoos, steroids, antibiotics, and a fatty acid supplement that replaces the dogs natural oil within the skin.