Itching is one of the most common reasons our pests have to visit the vets. So why is your pet scratching?
Parasitic dermatitis is associated with insect bites or stings, or contact with their faeces and saliva. These will cause an allergic reaction, so it’s crucial you take your pet to the vet for treatment, and also call in the pest control experts to treat your home.
Fleas, ticks and other insects will cause mild or severe inflammation and discomfort for a pet. Some pets can be extremely sensitive to insect bites, so will chew, lick or scratch themselves as a result. Different areas of your pets skin when bitten will have a different level of sensitivity. Here, we’re focusing on fleas, ticks and mites. If you need help to identify insects then Empire Pest Control’s insect identification page is pretty comprehensive.
Fleas will most commonly gather around the head neck and tail, and your pet will itch and scratch a lot because of it! Fleas faeces look like black pepper flakes, which are deposited all through your pets fur. Flea saliva is very allergenic, especially to dogs, so even a single flea can cause a serious allergic reaction that makes your pet itchy all over its body.
Ticks will cling to fur when your animals brush by them, so the face, head and ears are the most common places they can be found. Tick bites will create inflammation at the entry point of their bite, and the longer the tick stays attached, the worse the reaction can be. Plus, a bacterial infection can also set in on the tick bite site, so this will lead to further irritation and itching for your pet.
Mites will chew their way through the layers of your pets skin, causing inflammation and infections as they go. The areas that have minimal fur are the most commonly affected by mites, causing swelling, redness and hair loss for your pets.
You can prevent your pets from being so uncomfortable due to pests. Pest control and prevention is key in avoiding irreversible and fatal consequences. Minimising your pets exposure to areas where fleas and ticks may live is a great start, and always maintain your pets flea and tick medication routine.