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How to Treat a Dog Flea Bite

How to Treat a Dog Flea Bite
How to treat a dog flea bite is a question one hears from many pet owners. Let us take a look at dog flea bite remedies in the following article and find a solution to this itchy problem.
Batul Nafisa Baxamusa
Last Updated: May 31, 2018
There are three kinds of fleas that can cause irritation and itchiness in humans. They are Ctenocephalides felis (cat flea), Ctenocephalides canis (dog flea) and Pulex irritans (human flea). Fleas found on dogs are quite capable of piercing human skin. So, we shall discuss dog flea bite treatment for humans and their canine friends in the following paragraphs. However, I shall first cover information related to dogs before I move on to humans. Without much ado, let us get into the details of dog flea bite remedies.
Flea Bite in Dogs
  • The dog continuously scratches, bites, nibs and licks this body, especially around the tail end
  • Tiny red lumps or bumps observed on the dog skin
  • Hair loss in patches
  • Intense itching causing pain and discomfort to the animal
  • Secondary bacterial skin infections due to excessive biting and scratching of the skin
Treatment & Remedies
You need to give your dog a nice bath with cold water. Not very cold water, but normal tap water will do. It will help in reducing the inflammation and give relief to the dog from the continuous itch. There are many anti-flea shampoos and soaps available in pet stores that you can use to get rid of the fleas. You can visit a veterinarian who may apply dog flea bite medications, and help alleviate the inflammation as well as itchiness. You can even apply a bit of pure aloe vera gel over the flea bite to heal the skin and reduce irritation. Lesions formed can be treated by application of prescription steroid ointments or hydrocortisone creams.
Now, that you have helped your dog get some relief from the itching, it is time to help Fido get rid of the fleas. Visit a veterinarian and ask him for flea collars. The vet will recommend flea collars that are suitable for your dog. It will help get keep the fleas away from your dog fur to some extent. However, be careful as the flea collars contain many harsh chemicals. Use only those collars recommend by the vet as it may lead to nervous system damage. The vet may even recommend a topical ointment or drops that help get rid of fleas. Apart from that, there are oral medications too that the vet may prescribe for treatment of these nasty pests. You can even use flea shampoos, flea powders and flea combs to get the fleas out of your dogs fur.
Flea Bite in Humans
  • Flea bites on children and adults are extremely itchy
  • The flea bites appear as tiny red spots on the skin
  • Flea bites generally appear on the feet and legs as these parts are more easily accessible for fleas. However, it is possible to observe flea bites on other parts of the body as well.
  • Sensitive or hypersensitive skin may form large welts. These welts are very painful, feel hot to touch and cause a burning sensation.
  • Fleas tend to remove excessive blood waste from their body while they feed. The flea poop contains bacteria that can spread into the broken skin due to excessive scratching. This leads to secondary infections that require antibiotic treatment.
Remedies & Treatment
Let us now learn how to treat dog flea bites on humans. You will need to take oral antihistamine medications to reduce the intense itchiness. You can even apply hydrocortisone creams and topical anti-itch creams to get some relief. A warm oatmeal bath will also prove to be relaxing. Application of calamine lotion is also a good idea to reduce the swelling, itchiness and irritation. You can even apply an ice pack to the flea bites. It will help reduce the redness, lumps and inflammation. Avoid scratching as it may lead to bacterial infections. Use antiseptic lotions and soaps to keep your skin clean.
How to Get Rid of Fleas from Your House
It is not just the pet, but even your house that needs to be treated for fleas. Fleas tend to hide in upholstery, furniture, carpets, pet bed and many other places in your house. This makes it very easy for them to get into the fur of your dog as well as bite the human population in the vicinity. You can use foggers (bombs) available in the local pet store that help clear the house of fleas to some extent. Other than that, you can bring in sprays, powders (dust) and similar products to get rid of fleas from the house.
Some Facts about Fleas and Flea Bites
These tiny pests are found all over the world as there are over 2000 varieties of fleas! You will find over 200 of these flea species in United States. And these tiny parasites can jump as far as least 14 to 16 inches from their original position. This is one tough battle to be fought and won! Fleas are found everywhere. They are present in your backyard, forests, park, even catching a ride on your clothes. You never know when and where you or your pet encounters a flea and gives it a ride back home. But, how do you know you pet is host to fleas and their innumerable eggs?
A closer look on the site of the flea bite would show you tiny puncture wounds. They are nothing but marks left after a nasty bite. This causes the skin to turn red and itchy for a really long time. A flea releases anticoagulants in its saliva that helps prevent the blood from coagulating. Thus, it can have an uninterrupted supply of free-flowing blood. The saliva causes irritation, inflammation and lumps on the skin. This causes the host to continuously itch the area of bite. Flea bites lead to allergic dermatitis, secondary bacterial infections and in extreme cases severe anemia. They can even transfer tapeworm eggs into the host's digestive system, causing the host to develop an internal parasitic infection. Soon, the host will become weak, lethargic, breathless and suffer from many health problems.
In order to avoid flea bite on dogs and humans, you need to carry out a pest control for your house. Only this will ensure all the fleas and flea eggs are destroyed completely. Take your dog to the veterinarian regularly and get him treated for fleas. Fleas can lead to tapeworm infection even in kids who do not wash their hands properly after playing with the dog. In order to avoid such scenarios, make sure Fido is 'flea free'. This was all about how to treat a dog flea bite. Make sure your keep anti-flea shampoos, soaps and flea collars around the house. They will prove to be very useful in treating Fido the minute he walks home with unwanted guests on his back.
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