Flea Anemia Treatment

by MsMoneypenny
(Connecticut USA)

My dog apparently has anemia caused by the flea infestation we’ve had. He’s been more listless than usual, his gums are pale pink, he does have a very healthy appetite and is eating normally. I applied an anti-flea spot-on yesterday and I am seeing mostly dead fleas when I use the flea comb now. I’ve been also adding liquid vitamins to replenish nutrients he may be needing. What is the best source of B12 and iron (and vitamin C to help him absorb it)? How long does it generally take to regenerate blood supply?

Editor Suggestion for Anemia

I'm sorry to hear that your dog is suffering from anemia caused by flea infestation. It's great to hear that you're taking steps to address the issue by treating the fleas and supplementing your dog's diet with necessary vitamins.

To answer your question, animal sources of B12 and iron are generally the best for dogs. Good sources of B12 include liver, fish, and eggs. For iron, you can feed your dog red meat, poultry, fish, and organ meats such as liver. Vitamin C is also helpful in aiding iron absorption, and good sources for dogs include strawberries, kiwi, and broccoli.

Regarding the time it takes to regenerate blood supply, this can vary depending on the severity of the anemia and the dog's overall health. Mild anemia can often be resolved within a few weeks, but more severe cases may take longer. It's important to continue providing your dog with the necessary nutrients and monitoring their condition. If you have any concerns, it's always best to consult with a veterinarian.

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