We keep Advantage (Spot-on type) on our female Peke all the time; however, if a flea gets on her and bites her before the Advantage can kill it, she has a severe!! allergy and itches/scratches constantly, her skin turns pinkish red, her ears get VERY red inside and she claws at them, and then she starts panting.
She lives indoors with us, of course, but goes outdoors to tinkle and for bm's.
We do not like giving her too much Prednisone when this occurs. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to desensitize her to a single flea bite and such an ordeal that she goes through when it happens?
Any suggestions or info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.
We keep Advantage (Spot-on type) on our female Peke all the time; however, if a flea gets on her and ... an ordeal that she goes through when it happens? Any suggestions or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

Benedryl works pretty well when initial reaction occurs. Though once the scratching has persisted most of time it will not do much.

Gwen
We keep Advantage (Spot-on type) on our female Peke all the time; however, if a flea gets on her and ... an ordeal that she goes through when it happens? Any suggestions or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.[/nq]I can't tell you how to desensitize her, but I'll tell you what worked with me any my sheltie who had bad flea allergies. He would chew his lower back from hips to tail, and if it happened when I wasn't there to stop him, he could remove all the hair and open up a palm sized wound in 5 minutes. For a couple years I had to use e-collars on and off to try and break the cycle, which caused him to be miserable but not as bad as when he was hurting himself! But this year he not only didn't have to wear the e-collar once but actually went the whole summer without a bald butt - I found that if he did start to chew, applying aloe vera gel to the area immediately stopped the cycle (itch, chew, pain, chew more to release histamines, more pain, chew more etc.) I still use advantage, of course, and try to keep the house/yard flea free, but if that fails, the aloe vera really does wonders to affected areas.
Have you given her regular antihistamines, like Benadryl or a vet-prescribed equivalent? Have you completely deflea-ed your house and yard? The reaction she is having sounds more like a food or inhalant allergy to me, especially the ears part, so you might want to get that checked out with your vet. Good luck!
Christy