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Having a dog as a pet is certainly entertainment in itself. However, you also need to be careful with the presence of dog fleas. Not only bite and suck the blood of dogs, these insects are also at risk of causing infections and allergic reactions in humans
Pets, including dogs, that are not properly cared for and kept clean can be at risk of becoming a breeding ground for fleas. Ticks are very small, brown, and wingless. This parasite lives and reproduces by sucking blood.
A flea can jump as far as 30 cm, so it can easily move from dogs to humans. Dogs that have fleas will often be seen scratching, biting, or licking their bodies excessively until their fur falls out.
Dangers of Dog Flea Bites
Just like mosquitoes and flies, a tick can also cause disease through a bite. Apart from the dog's body, fleas can also spread from the dog's living quarters or bedding.
Dog fleas often bite human feet or ankles. There are several conditions that can be caused by dog tick bites, namely:
1. Allergic reaction
Dog flea bites can trigger skin allergies because the body will react to flea saliva. Allergy symptoms caused are usually mild and limited to the skin. The following are some of the symptoms that can appear after a dog tick bite:
- Small red bumps
- Skin redness or rash at the site of the bite
- Heat sensation on the skin
- Swelling around the bite
The allergic reaction usually lasts for several days, depending on the reaction of each person's body and how many tick bites.
If the reaction becomes severe, such as swelling of the lips and mouth, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath, it is recommended that you see a doctor immediately so that treatment can be carried out.
2. Risk of bacterial infection
Allergic reactions can usually develop into a bacterial infection of the skin, if you scratch a tick bite, causing an open wound. Well, the open wound can be an entry point for bacteria to infect the skin.
The symptoms and signs will be the same as for an allergic reaction, but a bacterial infection of the skin can trigger pus-filled bumps or ulcers.
3. Risk of tapeworm infection
Although very rare, dog fleas also have the potential to cause tapeworm infections. This condition can occur if lice carry tapeworm eggs on their bodies, then accidentally ingest them when you eat food.
Tapeworm infection is characterized by several symptoms, such as:
- Nausea or vomiting
- stomach ache
- Excess fatigue
- Weight loss
Those are the various dangers of dog fleas if they bite human skin. Basically, these fleas are not only found on the dog's body, but can also breed on the bodies of other furry pets, such as cats or birds.
How to Treat Dog Flea Bites and Prevention Steps
To avoid dog fleas, you need to take good care of your dog. Here are some things you can do to keep your pet dog from fleas:
- Comb the dog's hair regularly.
- Bathe dog with anti-flea shampoo.
- Give flea medication regularly.
- Wash dog beds regularly.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean carpets and furniture at home.
If you experience mild symptoms of a dog tick bite, such as redness, itching, or hives, you can use an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, lotion or ointment to relieve it.
In addition, you can also apply aloe vera gel and honey or compress the skin area with ice to relieve itching. As much as possible avoid scratching the bite marks, because this can actually cause a bacterial infection on the skin.
However, if the symptoms that appear do not improve after the above treatment steps or they get worse and severe allergy symptoms appear, immediately consult a doctor so that appropriate treatment can be given.