The Good, The Bad, and the Allergies, Aka Son of an Itch
By Jose Sanchez
We have all been there before: it’s a beautiful summer day the wind blowing in your face. There are children laughing in the background and your pet is frolicking about. All is well until in a moments haste, he or she starts scratching uncontrollably. A great sense of worry and dread falls upon you: it's fleas.
You, of course, want this matter taken care of right away, but at the same time, you may be concerned about treatment costs. You worry as your vacation plans to visit Cancun are in jeopardy; however, fear not, as we will tell you how to check on your pet to stop those irritations.
Remember: early prevention can cut overall costs and Larchmont Animal Clinic in Los Angeles can provide you with the best treatment options that fit you and your pup’s busy lifestyle.
Check Your Pet for Fleas at Home
Not all scratching equals dog or cat fleas. Just like a wounded friend on the battlefield, it’s time to pick them up and check on them. Whether it’s your feline friend or dutiful dog, the best thing to do is inspect your pet yourself and see how extensive the irritation is. Using a comb, preferably not yours, but a flea comb, check to see if any fleas are prevalent. These bothersome guys are usually out in full force during the summer so be alert. You'll most likely find them on your pet's abdomen, base of the tail and/or head.
With your comb, you’ll want to brush out your pet as extensively as you can. Remember to look through the tail, behind the ears, and toes to find any flea dirt.
Flea dirt is blood that fleas have ingested and then defecated. It will look like someone poured pepper on your pet’s skin, so it’s hard to miss it. If you discover fleas on your dog or cat, Larchmont Animal Clinic can provide you with a simple flea preventive.
Watch Out For Allergies
Unfortunately, fleas are not the only things you have to look out for. Allergies will run rampant just as it does for humans (man’s best friend, right?). If you notice your pet licking too often, this could be a sign of allergies. You’ll want to make sure to avoid taking out your pet when pollen is flourishing.
Moreover, consider bathing your pet regularly especially around his or her feet. It’s also a good idea to vacuum the house regularly, as dust mites can be the reason for your pet’s allergies. If the licking or irritation continues, then it would be the best time to make an appointment. Our clinic can help your pet feel comfortable again.
Flea Prevention & Treatment
Although irritation and skin licking is not life-threatening, it’s best to seek help from our Los Angeles veterinarians if the problem persists. Larchmont Animal Clinic specializes in medicated baths that treat various skin conditions.
To prevent future infestations, we can also recommend a flea prevention product. You only want what’s best for your pet and they only want what’s best for you.