My Dog Has Fleas: Bites and Allergic Reaction Can Cause Hot Spots And Painful Sores
Picture of Hot Spots on My Dog From Flea Bites
Signs of Fleas
Chewing on the tail is a sign of fleas. If it looks like your dog is biting compulsively on their skin, please go through and check for fleas. I describe below how to check thoroughly.
Your dog will sit and scratch behind his ear and just chomp at the bits anywhere they can. Before it gets to that stage, please treat your dog!
Dogs with fleas often bite compulsively. Dogs also roll on their backs to scratch the itching skin that can't be reached with their paws. Your dog may chew up and down their limbs because they are itchy. The skin may have red bites, or large raw and wet areas which are the hot spots. As the allergy worsens, the hot spots come together and become large open sores. This process can happen over night.
If your dog is allergic to fleas, the saliva from the bite will cause the area to become red, inflamed and cause a bump. Your dog can do some serious damage by biting and scratching at the area where bitten.
Picture of A Flea
Look For Hot Spots
It only takes one bite to cause an allergic reaction that can cause a hot spot on your dog or pet as you will read below. I really had no idea that flea bites can do so much damage to a dog/pet. Hot spots need to really be taken seriously.
I felt like a horrible pet owner, I really did, but I have never ever had to deal with fleas. I give my dogs Frontline for flea and tick prevention. My dog had just a few fleas and it was a nightmare. Also, we found out, the dogs behind us have a had fleas and they jumped on our dogs as they would have fun jumping at each other playing. Besides being on your pet, remember that you may get flea bites as well or have a flea problem in your home.
If for some reason you find a serious problem with fleas in your home, you may have to get pest control and have them spray. With that said, it's not just your dog that will get the problem, you will too.
Fleas in general need to be taken seriously, because they are the little nasty bugs that do so much damage. If you have fleas in your home, you will also need to rid of them will flea powder, vacuuming, cleaning everything, etc.
Where and How to Look For Fleas
The best way I found to look for fleas was to take a comb and by separating and using small strokes through the hairs, it was more efficient when looking for fleas.
Besides the head, neck and ears, look really well on the butt of your dog, especially at the tip of where the tail starts, around the anus; these are where fleas love to gather. Always check around the genitals, legs and thighs.
Flea prevention is just that: it doesn't say it'a guaranteed to stop fleas all together. You must remember that just because your dog or cat have: flea collars, Frontline, etc. on, they still can get fleas.
Since I did find a few fleas, I gave my dog a flea bath. It wasn't going to get rid of them all, but it would give her some relief if she had quite a few.
When I started to wash the tail, she yelped. I took a real good look by spreading her hair and parting sections until I could see her skin since the fleas scoot pretty fast. I needed to see if she had more fleas; I strongly doubted it because of the Frontline I was using.
After digging through her hair, I saw nearly the cartilage of her tail! I was flabbergasted thinking she chewed down so hard that I could see inside of her tail. I immediately took her to the Veterinarian and he said she had flea bites and has what is called a "hot spot." That means, she is allergic to flea bites. It was a horrible experience and I never thought that flea bites could do this much damage.
The top picture of this article is my dog's tail. The vet had to shave the hair off the tail, give her antibiotics, and special creams. If I didn't take her the next day, it could have really been a bad outcome. Please take care of your pets. If a few fleas could do this to your family pet, what would more fleas do because you fail to use flea prevention?
My Choice for Flea Prevention
I have used flea prevention for several years. I use this like clockwork every 3 months. As you can see, nothing is 100%, but I bet if I didn't use anything, my dog would have had more than one flea bite and could have done serious damage. Bayer K9 Advantix II
If you can't afford flea medicine, contact your veterinary clinic and perhaps they can help or contact your nearest animal shelter.
Be Responsible Pet Owner
I wrote this to warn you what could happen; if you see your dog chewing at their tail, please take a look immediately. Look close in the butt area for fleas. I also found taking a comb by slowly moving in opposite direction of hair was easier.
I cried when I saw what happened to my dog. If you have any questions or anything, I'll be happy to answer them. Thanks for reading my story, and I hope it may help someone else.
It's important to give your pet flea medicine every month. Being a responsible pet owner is vital. If you can't afford flea medicine, contact your vet for possible samples or your local animal shelter.
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