Are Fleas and Ticks Harmful to Your Dog?

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Being more than merely a bother, ticks and fleas can have tremendous effect in transforming the behavior pattern of your dog. With just a single day of an adventure through the bushes, the scenario can end up with numerous visits to your vet and an enormous expense to cater for checkups.

Surely, one would not want to witness their dog go through hard times of; vigorous scratching throughout the day into the night. Nonetheless, before one goes ahead to dismiss the notion of tick and fleas as the probable harmful trouble maker, it is essential that dog owners know how mistakenly they are insulting their dogs.


Adaptability to their Activity


Fleas are known to be wingless edgy parasites whose bites leave their victims with acute itchy feelings on their body. Killing them may be tricky, especially owing to their high maneuverability on the fur and skin. The effect of flea infestation on mammals, usually result into patches of irritating inflammations spots on the skin, normally referred to as “hot spots”.


This irritation is corollary to allergic reactions, leaving your dog vulnerable to subsequent secondary infections. The continuous invasions by these fleas to your dog are potential to causing anemia, which are frequently spotted on most pet offspring’s.



Fleas are vectors to dog and human diseases. They are potential to cat scratch fever, rabbit fever (tularemia). The symptoms to this fever normally include; weight loss and lethargy and fever. Fleas have also been known to host Diplyidiumcaninum popularly, the fleas tape worm.



Should any animal hosting these carrier fleas happen to ingest them, they become potential host themselves of these tapeworms. It is recommended that dog owners subject their pets to oral medication as prescribed by the veterinarians. Dog handlers should take caution in ensuring that dogs are not left to inflict further damages by scratching their skins. Persistent scratching usually opens up venues for the flea waste to push in to this infected spots, Piling up another flea-borne typhus infection on the surface of the dog’s skin.
Pet keepers should be informed that flea population has a very faster growth and long life span and they should work to eradicate them.


Adaptability to their activity


Being less in terms of hose hold population, ticks prove to be a more difficult parasite to detect to any unsuspecting dog owner. As opposed to fleas that may subject pets to itching complexities, ticks on the other hand are least of this problem. This explains the reason dogs are less worried about them. Worth noticing however, is that these ticks are usually carrier to diseases whose effect cause long term undesirable ailment to their host.



Tick diseases normally vary by regions to which this parasite species leaves. These parasites are known to cause paralysis by emitting harmful toxin on their host. They are potential transmitters of the; Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and even anaplasmosis. Some of the symptoms range from loss of appetite, fever, and severe joint pains. These ticks are controllable. However, plucking the out of their host to halt further damage should be the first step to curb the infection.