FitDog Friday #78 – Flea Allergy Dermatitis


I’m inclined to believe that much like humans, insects are just more attracted to certain dogs than others. Mr. N has been on Advantage, Revolution, Frontline and is currently wearing a Seresto collar but he inevitably picks up a flea here and there.

He has a flea allergy so even one flea crawling around on him drives him bananas. He is currently wearing the cone of shame because he keeps trying to lick and chew the base of his tail area. He has a few scabs but no hot spots or hair loss. Thus to prevent further problems; the dreaded cone. 
He is also taking a small dose of Benadryl and being bathed with medicated shampoo. All of the bedding has been thoroughly washed and the house vacuumed.  Mr. N is quite unhappy with us but at least he has stopped trying to ram the cone into our knees to express his displeasure.
This has been a horrible year so far for bugs because our winter has been so mild and we still have months of summer left to go. Between ticks, foxtails and fleas, I’m considering having a giant hamster ball commissioned for Mr. N for walks. 
He is spared the indignity of the cone for walks because he gets so entranced with sniffing and prancing about that he forgets about being itchy. Not to mention, it takes him forever to sniff anything with the cone on because it’s over-sized and he has to tip the cone over in order to reach the grass. 

We’ve mostly stopped laughing at his cone antics but I’m pretty sure he’s secretly plotting our demise. Mostly the boyfriend’s demise. Mr. N likes to blame him for everything.




13 Responses

  1. Beth

    May 29, 2015 2:19 pm

    I was wondering why Mr. N was in a cone on Instagram yesterday! Poor little guy. Barley breaks out in big rashes when she's got a flea on her, too–but I always seem more bothered than she is and put all kind of soothing lotions on her, do the benadryl and baths, and she usually just looks at me like I'm crazy. It looks so awful, though! Hope he's back to a coneless life soon.

  2. Groovy Goldendoodles

    May 29, 2015 3:26 pm

    Oh Mr. N. so sorry to hear about your discomfort. try to relax this weekend and be "one with the cone" your humans love yo and they are doing their best to keep you healthy and safe from those little nasty buggers.

  3. Earl Lover

    May 29, 2015 5:49 pm

    Poor Mr N. We feel for him, and you. You look so depressed. Keep your chin up, and we hope you are back and normal again soon.

  4. K9s OverCoffee

    May 30, 2015 2:05 pm

    Poor Mr. N, fleas are such nasty, useless little critters. I hope you won't have to wear the cone for too much longer! Would a light doggie jacket be an option instead of the cone?


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