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Fleas on Your Pet: Allergies to Flea Bites Can Cause Painful Hot Spots
Hot Spot From Flea Bites
Does Your Pet Have Fleas?
Chewing on the tail is a sign of fleas. If it looks like your dog is chomping on her skin, please go through and check for fleas. The tip of where the tail starts, around the anus, are where fleas love to gather. 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.
Picture of A Flea
One Flea Bite Can Cause Hot Spots On Your Dog
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 one little flea bite can do so much damage to my dog. 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. The problem was with One flea bite. My dog had just one flea that got on my dog and this is what happened. Also, come to find out, the dogs behind us (we have a fence) had fleas, and they jumped on our dogs from the yard. Besides being on your pet, 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 need to rid of them will flea powder, vacuuming, cleaning everything, etc.
My Choice for Flea Prevention
I have used Frontline 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.
If you can't afford flea medicine, contact your veterinary clinic and perhaps they can help or contact your nearest animal shelter.
Where to Look For Fleas
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.
When I started to wash my dog's tail, she yelped. I took a real good look under her very long Golden Retriever hair to see if maybe she had fleas which I strongly doubted because of the Frontline. Well, after digging through her hair, I saw nearly the cartilage of her tail! I totally freaked out thinking she chewed down so hard that I could see her bone. I immediately took her to the Veterinarian. He said she had ONE flea and she 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 one flea bite could do this much damage.
The above picture 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. This was all because of one flea. Please take care of your pets. If one flea could do this to your family member, what could more fleas do because you fail to use preventatives like Frontline or Advantix or something?
Large Hot Spot From Flea Bites
I wrote this to warn you what could happen and maybe if you see your animal chewing at their tail, please take a look immediately. The hot spots are really close to the butt area and very hard to see.
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.
I encourage the video below for more information.
Hot Spots On Your Dog
Has Your Dog Ever Had Hot Spots?
Flea Medicine For Your Cat
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Amazon.com: Bayer Advantage II Purple 6-Month Flea Control for Cats, 9-Pound: Pet Supplies
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