Can Fleas Transmit Diseases to My Dog?

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Fleas can transmit diseases to a dog, but the diseases are usually benign. Learn about flea allergic dermatitis in dogs with help from a staff veterinarian in this free video on dog health and pet care.

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Let's talk about can fleas transmit diseases to your dog. And so the answer is yes, but the second answer to that is that usually it's a pretty benign thing. The biggest thing we see from dogs that have fleas is flea allergic dermatitis and that is where fleas cause an allergic reaction of the skin of dogs and they get a rash generally very red, lots and lots of itching is an extremely common disease that we see that fleas cause. A second thing that we see quite often are tapeworms and tapeworms are long segmented worms that come from dog swallowing fleas. Fleas carry the eggs of tapeworms and so when a dog swallows a flea, it completes that cycle therefore the worm grows and you will see sometimes tapeworm segments in the stool. Other then that, commonly those are the diseases that are caused by fleas and is therefore are fairly benign. And so if you're worried about that and the best thing to do is use a anti-flea product monthly especially in areas that have flea infestations because again the dermatitis that can be caused by fleas can be quite severe sometimes and make these dogs feel pretty bad and they get secondary infections from it as well.

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