Fleas Infestation in Dogs | Definition & Facts
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Fleas in Dogs

Understanding Fleas: Definition

Fleas are tiny, flat, wingless, blood-sucking insects that are an annoyance to people and pets alike. They also can carry and transmit serious diseases and are the leading cause of skin problems in domestic dogs. Although they can’t fly, fleas have powerful rear legs and can jump to extraordinary lengths. There are many types of fleas, all of which reproduce rapidly and profusely. Different species gravitate toward different hosts. However, if they are hungry enough, fleas will feast on almost any animal. Despite its name, the ordinary cat flea is by far the most common flea that bothers companion dogs. Dogs become infested if they live in warm, damp climates where good flea prevention isn’t followed. Dogs can also get fleas by having contact with other animals that have a flea problem. Fortunately, there are many things that dog owners can do to keep fleas under control.

Quick Facts on Flea Infestation

Prevention *** Contagiousness ***
Prognosis *** Hereditary ***
Seasonal *** Cost to Treat ***
Symptoms *** Breed Specific ***
Zoonosis *** Emergency ***

Types of Fleas that Bother Dogs: Cat Flea & Sticktight Flea

Causes and Prevention of Fleas in Dogs

Symptoms of Fleas in Dogs

Eliminating Flea Infestation on Your Dog & In Your Home

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