These fleas, primarily a parasite of wild mammals, infect dogs as an accidental host.
Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:
Clinical signs include pruritus and localized dermatitis associated with flea activity.
Treatment is usually effective with a range of insecticidal drugs such as fipronil and permethrins.
- Bug Guide
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