Flea allergy dermatitis occurs in
pets that are hypersensitive (allergic) to flea saliva.
Most dogs and cats can tolerate a moderate number of bites each day, but
not pets that are flea-allergic. The
itching can take a while to subside even after the fleas are gone, so some pets
benefit from additional anti-inflammatory medications. The
itching that these pets experience when bitten is so severe that in most cases
there is a hair loss and skin abrasion. Even
one bite can be disastrous. If you
own a cat that is hypersensitive to flea bites and live in an apartment building
that is infested, it is a nightmare.
“One of our cats is HIGHLY
allergic to fleas and no matter what we did we couldn't get rid of the fleas
because the neighbor never bombed her apt or even attempted to get rid of the
fleas.” Lisa Fisher went on to say that her neighbor was finally evicted, but
not before her cat, Methos, was in bad shape.
“If you can picture a
bald cat that looked like it had the worst chicken pox case ever that's what he
situation was pretty desperate, the Fishers had given him shots, used flea dips,
powder and everything their vet had suggested, almost to the point (according to
the vet) of poisoning the cats. Methos
was even jumping into the bath or shower with her humans in order to relieve the
itching. Already a user of emu oil,
Lisa contacted dShae Villoch of dShae’s
Essentials and asked if the oil was safe for use on her cats.
After being assured that the cats could lick it off in safety and getting
confirmation from her vet that it was a good idea, Lisa shaved the cats to
doctor the lesions. Improvement was
almost immediate. “The
flea bites started to heal within days of applying the emu oil but he was also
getting some new bites too. Once we rid the apartment of fleas totally he really
started to heal quickly. I would say it took about 2 1/2 weeks for the
bites to totally disappear. He was bit head to tail I don't think there was any
spot on him that wasn't bit.” Lisa
went on to say that Methos loved the
daily rub downs. “He actually
seemed to look forward to them. Since then I have even used it to help promote
healing when I had my female cat Cleo spayed. Vet said she healed faster than he
has ever seen.”
And what about the showers?
Does Methos still join his humans in the bathroom?
“Methos loves water. The only thing that he does that really
drives me nuts is that he doesn't trust anyone to bath alone. He will sit by the
tub and watch who ever is bathing to make sure they don't drown. He'll even do
it to Cliff and me.”