Tue, Apr 23, 2024

He had fleas but we got rid of them. The flea bites are causing him to itch and will not stop. He can't sit still and he's always scratching. I've tried everything I can think of and nothing is working

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The symptoms are consistent with a common allergic reaction to flea bites known as flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). Even after the fleas have been eradicated, the allergic reaction can persist due to the saliva from the flea bites. This condition is particularly itchy and can lead to excessive scratching, redness, and discomfort in areas such as the groin, armpits, top of the back, and front paws.

Use a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo to bathe your dog. This can help to soothe irritated skin and wash away allergens. Oatmeal-based shampoos are particularly soothing for itchy skin.

Over-the-counter antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can be given to your dog to help control the itching.

To prevent your dog from scratching and causing further irritation or infection, consider using an Elizabethan collar.

If your dog develops any of the following symptoms, it would be prudent to seek immediate veterinary attention:

- Signs of infection, such as pus, a foul odor, or increased redness and warmth in the affected areas.
- Open sores or significant hair loss due to excessive scratching.
- Lethargy, loss of appetite, or any other sudden changes in behavior or physical condition.

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