Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Re: Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Did you know that FAD is the # 1 cause of allergy in dogs? It is very common and I suspect it is a main cause of itchiness- more so than environment or food.
Ava sounds a lot like my Penny who also has suspected FAD. I say suspected as she did have a blood allergy test done which included flea, but they only tested whole flea not flea saliva which is what they are allergic to giving inconclusive results for that allergen. But her symptoms were very characteristic of FAD.
We struggled for a long while, trying all types of things to help. We also gave her allergy shots as she had tested positive for environmental things. But she still itched. Sometimes not as much, other times a lot- but always itchy.
Met and started going to different vet who suggested trying comfortis for flea control. She said she had seen remarkable improvements in her FAD patients when they started it. So we decided to give it a try and it has been the best thing I have ever tried for Penny. Which is HUGE as any allergy sufferer knows! Her itching has been dramatically reduced and her coat is thickening.
What frustrates me is that I cannot find a flea on Penny. I search and comb and look and nothing. But for those who suffer from FAD it can only be one flea. The vet told me that comfortis doesn't allow the flea to inject its saliva and that's why it's so effective. I haven't been able to back that statement up in my research though but what I did read was that comfortis can kill the flea within 30 min while advantix and frontline can take 12 hours- that's a lot of time for the flea to bite and do damage.
I read the reviews on was it 800 pet meds and others tell stories very similar to mine~ itchy with hair falling out then better. It was encouraging to us.
You mentioned flea shampoo and advantix~ I think the flea shampoo would wash off the advantix so that may be part of the issue. Also if the skin is damaged a topical is harder to absorb and redistribute properly. With comfortis you can wash as much as necessary and it isn't going away. That is a great advantage to us as bathing really helps soothe the skin and wash the environment away.
Do you actually have a flea problem or just all the symptoms of a problem?
Could also at this point be itching due to secondary staph, bacteria and or yeast. Penny would get bacteria and yeast on her skin from the damage from the scratching. A medicated shampoo to kill these things can greatly aid in the healing.
enjoying life with Penny 6/04 & Blaze 11/12
while Sasha watches over us
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