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Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Dogs

What is flea allergy dermatitis?

Flea allergy dermatitis is a condition that affects both cats and dogs. Severe, prolonged itching in both cats and dogs, and an often-significant increase in grooming in cats are noticeable signs of the condition. Many pet owners are shocked to find out that flea allergy dermatitis can result from even very minimal and intermittent exposure to fleas – these pets are that sensitive and each flea may bite 50 times per day.  And because fleas can live year-round in many environments, cases of flea allergy dermatitis can be seen at any time of the year. Read More

Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, fleas on dogs, Fleas on Cats, Flea Allergies, Dermatitis

Canine Atopic Dermatitis – Environmental Allergies in Dogs

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis, often called “environmental allergies”, is one of the most common causes of chronic itching in dogs. It is caused by an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to one or more substances in the environment. In atopic dermatitis, various substances, called allergens, can serve as the trigger for this allergic reaction. They are often, though not always, the same allergens implicated in human allergic conditions such as hayfever and asthma.  And allergens in foods can trigger a nearly identical pattern of signs in the dog. Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Dog Skin Issues, Dermatitis

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