Dog Hair Loss
- information, causes, symptoms and treatment
Avoid the Fleabag: Hair Loss in Dogs and Flea
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.
and Allergy Dermatitis
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.
and Lifecycle of a Flea
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.
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.
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.