Vet Advice: Dog Flea Allergy and What to Do About It
The first thing you notice is hair loss along your dog’s neck, spine and thighs. The skin is flecked with scabs and hot to the touch. Then there’s the scratching: automatic, back-foot-reaching, irrepressible. You may—or may not— see live fleas, or only scant flea dirt (specks of digested blood).
Often, a client will say to me, “But my other cat/dog is just fine.”
That’s just it, though—not all pets are allergic to fleas. But for the ones who are, the suffering can be extreme. Itching causes a distinct distress; as Dante wrote in his 14th-century epic poem Inferno: “As every one was plying fast the bite/Of nails upon himself, for the great rage/Of itching which no other succor had.”