Flea allergy dermatitis is an allergy which affects cats and dogs. This a skin condition that occurs when a flea bites a cat and the cat is very sensitive to the flea bite. Flea saliva contains many antigens which some cats and dogs are very allergic to. Your cat does not need to have a lot of fleas as it may take one bite from a flea to set off an allergic reaction. Flea allergy dermatitis is a very itchy and painful problem and it is the most common allergy in cats and dogs.
Flea allergy dermatitis occurs more often in the summer and fall months. The symptoms of flea allergy dermatitis are severe itching and inflammation of the skin. Your cat may scratch, bite and lick at the affected area for hours causing damage to the skin. Cats can develop small scabs on their body which is called military dermatitis. It is very itchy and causes the cat a lot of discomfort.
Damage done to the skin is done by the cat because he itches so much and is trying to get some relief. Bacterial and yeast infections are common in severe cases of flea allergy dermatitis and your cat may have an unpleasant odor coming from his body where he has developed sores.
You need to eliminate of the fleas on your cat as soon as possible. One flea bite can cause terrible discomfort to your cat. Fleas must be removed from your cat, your house and your yard so that the cat does not get infected again. There are several spot flea treatments such as Advantage, Revolution and Front line that can kill fleas in a few hours.
You must be very thorough in getting rid of fleas on your cat and his environment. You must treat your pets and home in the same day or you will not be successful as the eggs will keep hatching into fleas.
Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics and antifungal medication to treat the secondary bacterial and yeast infections that will develop from all the scratching the cat does. Your veterinarian may put your cat on prednisone to relieve the inflammation and itching. In some cases antihistamines are also prescribed.
To keep your cat free of allergic dermatitis you must keep him free of fleas. It is very important that you get rid of the fleas and you must work at keeping them from re-infecting your cat, home and yard. This is very important so you can keep your cat healthy and happy by keeping him flea free.
“Your cat can get fleas even if he never goes outside. Fleas are very clever and they will get into the house so keep a look out for them.”