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Avoid the Fleabag: Hair Loss in Dogs and Flea Prevention.

We are all familiar with the term ‘fleabag’. It is not used in a positive light. If referring to a human as a fleabag, it is more likely connected with negative connotations. Following on from this, it is no surprise that fleas are highly despised and are parasitic. Whilst we might think that a few fleas on a dog are harmless, this could not be furtherer from the truth.

Fleas and Allergy Dermatitis

Fleas are parasites. As such, they require a host to live and, in return, cause harm to their host. To lay eggs and survive, female fleas need fresh blood. In regards to allergy dermatitis as a result of a flea bite, it is not the flea itself that creates the reaction; it is the flea’s saliva. Once bitten, dogs with flea allergies relentlessly scratch, bite and gnaw at the flea bitten area. This reaction can last many days, and the itching can result in infections.

Prevention and Lifecycle of a Flea

To prevent flea infestation and potential hair loss in your dog, it is necessary to possess knowledge of the lifecycle of a flea. Breaking the flea’s lifecycle assists in winning the fight against flea infestation, and it also leads to a more relaxed, happier, and less itchy pet. Half of the flea’s lifecycle is spent in the egg stage. Only five percent is spent as an adult; thirty-five percent as larva; and, ten percent as pupa (cocoon). As such, just eradicating the adult is probably not going to make a dent in the infestation.

The dog owner must find methods of eradicating as many parts of the lifecycle as possible. Because the adult fleas are present on the dog and ninety-five percent of the flea’s lifecycle is not as an adult, prevention must include treating the environment in which the dog and flea live. That is, if just the animal in question is treated (e.g. flea shampoo), the dog owner will see no change in flea numbers and irritation. It is important that bedding and the floor is treated. Vacuuming and washing is vital. There are a myriad of products on the market that assist the dog owner in getting rid of fleas, such as: destroying adult fleas; preventing the flea from developing into adulthood (only works if the flea is out of its cocoon); and, treatments that prevent eggs from hatching.

Once the flea problem is under control, dog owners can only then really being to address the issue of hair loss. The cause of the allergy should be eradicated. The good news is that there are many treatments on the market. Finding the one that is right for you and your dog is the responsible thing to do.


Dog Hair Loss - Canine Hair Loss - Dog Skin Problems