These fleas, primarily a parasite of small carnivores, infect dogs as an accidental host.
Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:
- Polygenis gwyni
- Polygenis atopus
- Polygenis rimatus
- Polygenis roberti roberti
- Polygenis tripus
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.
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