Dog flea bites are commonly seen causing itch and inflammation in dogs. This article provides some home remedies for treatment of flea bites as well as solutions to completely get rid of fleas in pets, house and yards.
An All to Familiar Scenario
Spot was playing with Tippy, the neighbour’s dog happily in the backyard. It was dinner’s time and Spot came running home. Something just didn’t seems right about Spot.
She was scratching feverishly and could not stop through out the night. This scratching continues for couple of days more and it got worse. She started biting off patches of her fur, exposing raw inflamed skin throughout her body.
Does this sounds all too familiar to you?
That’s right, Spot had brought home a tiny friend and this friend of hers is the cause of all her misery. I guess you all may already know her friends name. Yes, it’s “Fleas” and Spot is suffering from dog flea bites!
The Cause of The Irritation
When flea bites, they excrete salvia which causes an allergic reaction in some dogs leading to skin eruption characterized by a red-spot surrounded by a reddened halo. It’s accompanied with itch causing increased scratching resulting in hair loss, crust and erosions of the skin and pimple-like bumps. In severe cases, the skin becomes thicken and darkened. Hot spots may develop which appear as red oozing sores causing immense pain to your pet.
Where to Look
Often, flea bites are most commonly found in areas like the lower back or tail and the thighs or abdomen areas.
Here are some simple home remedies for flea bites:
- Bath your dog to keep it clean and prevent secondary infection. Always bath it with cold water and never use hot or warm water. Cold water will help in alleviating the inflammation as well as the itch while warm or hot water tend to stimulate itch.
- Use fresh aloe vera juice to apply to the inflamed skin. Aloe vera has a soothing effect and it also promotes wound healing.
- Supplement its diet with fatty acid like flaxseed oil which has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Some More Suggestions by Dog Owners
Dishwashing liquid is a good flea treatment remedy for dogs. Dishwashing liquid contains certain oils that kill any fleas hiding in the dog’s fur. It doesn’t dry the dog’s fur out, like some other flea shampoos.
Homemade Flea Spray
A homemade flea treatment spray can be used to keep fleas at bay. This can be made using 60 mls of water, two drops of pure lavender oil (how to use lavender) and two drops of pure cedar wood oil. Put into a spray bottle, mix well and spray on the dog to keep fleas away after bathing using the homemade flea treatment shampoo.
Various Types of Flea Comb
A flea comb is another effective home flea treatment remedy for eliminating fleas. It picks out the nits (flea larvae) before they hatch. For a selection of flea combs look here.
A natural flea treatment flea eliminator is lemon. Slice up a lemon. Pour boiling water over it. After letting it sit overnight, spray the water on the dog.
Neem oil is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing the fruits and seeds of Neem (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen tree which is found in India and is also to be found in many other areas in the tropics.
How the fruits and seeds are processed is likely to affect the composition of the oil, because the different methods used, such as cold pressing, or solvent extraction are unlikely to extract exactly the same mixture of components in exactly the same proportions.
Neem oil is used in Ayurveda, which is a traditional form of medicine native to India and is practiced in the rest of the world as an alternative medicine. It’s traditional uses include the treatment of Acne, fever, malaria and leprosy. It also has use as an antiseptic, diuretic, contraceptive and insecticide.
Neem oil is not used for cooking but, in India and Bangladesh, it is used cosmetic products (soap and hair products, body hygiene and hand creams) and in folklore traditional medicine, in the treatment of tetanus, urticaria, eczema, scrofula and erysipelas and of a wide range of other afflictions.
Neem oil can be used as a flea treatment on pets in varying strengths, as a spray on insecticide or as a shampoo, depending on the severity of the flea infestation.
In chronic cases, where the condition is bad and your dog is suffering from the constant intense itch, a visit to your vet may be necessary. Your vet may prescribe a steroid cream or a steroid jab and administer an anti-histamine to bring about a more rapid relief for your dog.
Flea treatment on your dogs flea bites alone is not a solution to your problem. You have to look at the root cause of the problem and in this case it’s the fleas. You have to get rid of all the fleas not only on your dog but also in your entire house including flea treatment for garden and yard. Only then would you succeed in preventing future flea bites on your dog.