About Fleas

Flea infestation is the most common ectoparasitic condition of dogs and cats in North America. Among the 2000 described species, the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis and the dog flea Ctenocephalides canis are the predominant flea species of companion animals worldwide.

Figure 1: Adult cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), frontal view (SEM)

Flea-transmitted diseases are a problem not only for dogs, because both cat and dog fleas can infest humans, too. Flea-related dermatitis is one of the most common causes for dogs visiting a veterinarian practice.

Occurrence Maps

Each country has its specific occurrence of CVBDs depending on climate and endemic vectors. See the maps

Clinical Sessions

The following authentic case reports provide insights into selected CVBD cases

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Interesting Links

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CVBD Digest Articles

Findings from the CVBD symposia. More...