flea allergy dermatitis


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flea allergy dermatitis

[¦flē‚al·ər·jē ‚dər·mə′tīd·əs]
(veterinary medicine)
Inflammation of the skin of small pets (dogs, cats, and ferrets) that results from an allergic reaction to protein substances deposited on or under the surface of the skin at the time of flea feeding. Also known as flea-bite dermatitis.
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They may also cause illness including anemia and flea allergy dermatitis, transmit Murine Typhus and Cat Scratch Disease, and serve as an intermediate host of parasites.
That's why Bayer Animal Health encourages visits to the veterinarian to protect and prevent cats and dogs from health conditions and diseases caused by warm-weather-loving parasites, which are known carriers of serious diseases including flea allergy dermatitis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
With the arrival of spring and summer, cats and dogs will be spending more time outside, leaving them exposed to serious health threats posed by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, including Lyme disease, heartworm disease and flea allergy dermatitis.
Besides skin irritation, fleas can cause an allergic reaction called flea allergy dermatitis, which can cause a rash, inflammation or hair loss.
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