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Reply #15 - Nov 1st, 2010 at 12:28pm
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Have they been recorded affecting animals in NZ that you know of Mohoua?

I doubt it would something a vet could diagnose without searching the house so it won't be something that's recorded.
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If people that have had bed bugs had pets that sleep inside, they would have been bitten the species we have here will feed on pets.
Not the sort of thing you diagnose symptomatically (as well as the symptoms can be delayed after bite by weeks), the bites can cause a range of symptoms a lot similar to flea allergies, you must find the bugs generally, and then you don't know who or what they've bitten.
  
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Reply #16 - Nov 1st, 2010 at 1:03pm
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Thats interesting.
Not to confuse the urticaria with bed bug bites tho, flea allergy classically causes small red bumps, intense itchiness and hair loss mainly over rump and tail base.
My understanging is that bed bugs are related to lice? lice tend to be relatively host specific, although may occasionally bite a different species.
edit: Ive checked some information from the states- companion animal problems with bed bugs are potentially possible but rare. There is little to no research. Bed bugs are able to feed on dogs but prefer a nice juicy human.  Smiley
  
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Reply #17 - Nov 1st, 2010 at 1:15pm
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Nah not related to lice, they are bugs (Order: Hemiptera) lice being (Order: Phthiraptera), more closely related to cicadas than lice. Preference for humans is all very well but they can't fly so make do with what they can reach.
I would say if they looked into it, bites would be common but problems rare.

Edit: Isn't Urticaria just any allergic reaction on the skin?
never really associated it with flea allergy specifically.
  
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Reply #18 - Nov 1st, 2010 at 1:33pm
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Mohoua wrote on Nov 1st, 2010 at 1:15pm:
Nah not related to lice, they are bugs (Order: Hemiptera) lice being (Order: Phthiraptera), more closely related to cicadas than lice. Preference for humans is all very well but they can't fly so make do with what they can reach.
I would say if they looked into it, bites would be common but problems rare.

Edit: Isn't Urticaria just any allergic reaction on the skin?
never really associated it with flea allergy specifically.

It is a certain type of allergic reaction, Im just mentioning again above so other readers dont confuse the original topic with the bed bug discussion.
  
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Reply #19 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 1:17pm
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Mohoua wrote on Nov 1st, 2010 at 1:15pm:
Nah not related to lice, they are bugs (Order: Hemiptera) lice being (Order: Phthiraptera), more closely related to cicadas than lice. Preference for humans is all very well but they can't fly so make do with what they can reach.
I would say if they looked into it, bites would be common but problems rare.

Edit: Isn't Urticaria just any allergic reaction on the skin?
never really associated it with flea allergy specifically.


  

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Reply #20 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:00pm
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Isn't that cute,
You know something I don't Aunty?
If so please add to the discussion.
  
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Reply #21 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:04pm
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Tough day at the office today MohouaSmiley
  
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Reply #22 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:13pm
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Tough day at the office today Mohoua?  Smiley

Nah pretty good so far. Even managed in my clumsiness to spill a vial of 98% ethanol on my desk which while evaporating has made a few hours pass rather quickly....

Just think if you are going to call someone a liar, you better add to the discussion with your own view.
  
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Reply #23 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:27pm
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hes only joshin ya, your creepy crawly credentials are well established.
  
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Reply #24 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:35pm
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hes only joshin ya, your creepy crawly credentials are well established.

Well aware of that, was kind of hoping she would have experiences with all sorts of parasites, and could add.
  
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Reply #25 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:43pm
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Grin Grin
  
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Reply #26 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:48pm
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i shudder to think were she found a "pantie bug" that big or how that poor fella ended up with it on his forehead!!! Shocked Huh Lips Sealed
  
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Reply #27 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 3:01pm
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Mohoua wrote on Nov 2nd, 2010 at 2:13pm:
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Tough day at the office today Mohoua?  Smiley

Nah pretty good so far. Even managed in my clumsiness to spill a vial of 98% ethanol on my desk which while evaporating has made a few hours pass rather quickly....

Just think if you are going to call someone a liar, you better add to the discussion with your own view.



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Reply #28 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 6:09pm
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And to manage the lumps and bumps/rash if they get bad, there are steroids  

I'd prefer to stay away from the steroids if I can.  The Bullmastiff has been on these for at least 6 years due to her allergy to house dust mites.  Her alkaline phosphotase level is almost double the normal......

I tried the immunotherapy with her but that didn't work.  Then it was preds and misoprostol.  I got the prednisone dose down to 10mg every other day instead of 20mg with that and now she is just on the preds.
  
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Reply #29 - Nov 2nd, 2010 at 6:29pm
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True its not ideal to be on steroids, but most dogs will tolerate mild doses well.
Atopica (cyclosporin) is another drug that can work well, dosnt have the same side effects as a steroid but is a fair bit pricier.
  
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