The most common fleas to be found around your home are the cat flea, the dog flea, and the human flea.
Here we will cover the dog flea – Ctenocephalides canis
Dog fleas closely resemble cat fleas and can indeed survive on cats and humans as well as dogs. However, dog fleas pose additional threats to our pets as they are known to carry Dippylidium Caninum, also known as tapeworm. This can cause rectal irritation, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and weight loss in dogs and can also be passed on to humans and other pets.
Other adverse effects of a flea infestation can be:
Flea allergy dermatitis – excessive shedding and severe skin irritation of dog skin caused by flea saliva.
They carry mites that can transmit chyletilla dermatitis, murine typhus, bubonic plague, demodectic mange, and sarcoptic mange to pets and humans.
Flea anaemia – This problem affects pets and can cause episodes of collapse, skin discolouration, loss of appetite, and lethargy.
And of course the general itching and erratic behaviour a flea bite can cause.
As with other pet fleas, it is advisable to visit your vet to treat the animal and to contact our professional pest controllers to ensure your home is rid of this dangerous nuisance.