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Managing your dog’s reaction to fleas
Nobody likes having fleas. While you might bemoan the fact that there are bugs crawling all over your cuddly companion and home, no one is suffering more than your dog. These creepy crawlers cause intense itching on the pooch's skin. Some dogs even have allergic reactions to fleas. Flea saliva can cause an allergic reaction in many dogs, and other suffer from flea allergy dermatitis. You may have given your dog pet drugs like to treat the flea infestation like Revolution, Frontline or Sentinel, but there are some ways to provide relief to your dog's skin from this allergic reaction, too.
It only takes one flea bite to cause an allergic reaction. You may have killed the pesky insects with pet products like Be Flea Free Spray, Comfortis and other flea treatments. Your dog and home may even be flea-free. Now, it is time to help your pet's skin recover from the infestation.
Pet shampoo can go a long way in providing relief for allergic reactions of all kinds on the skin. Look for pet products with moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal and aloe, and for those that will soothe irritated skin, like tea tree oils. Be Soothed Shampoo may be a good option to start with, since it contains tea tree oil and aloe vera to stop itching and calm skin that has been irritated by scratching. Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Combo Pack may also restore your pet's coat to health. If your pet is still itchy after a bath, try a spray like Excel Hyrdocortisone Spray to prevent scratching.
Allergic reactions of any kind can do a number on your dog's skin. Between the redness and the damage caused by the animal's scratching reaction, it may be a good idea to give your pooch some supplements to get its skin back in tip-top shape. Omega-3 is a nutrient that most dogs do not get enough of from their commercial pet food diets, but it can improve skin conditions well. Try adding a supplement like Super Pure Omega-3 to your dog's diet, or a whole food supplement like Be Well for Dogs, since it has 100 milligrams of omega-3 per serving.