Are fleas dangerous?

Elena Minkina
Elena Minkina
February 25, 2013
Are fleas dangerous?

Many pet owners mistakenly believe that fleas are small blood-sucking insects that infect only animals and cannot harm human health. But if you ask a veterinarian or a doctor if fleas are dangerous for a person, you will hear an affirmative answer. As practice shows, fleas, parasitic on dogs and cats, may well attack humans.

What is dangerous flea bite

Many flea species can bite not only warm-blooded animals, but also humans. Are fleas dangerous? Yes, and very, because their bites can lead to a variety of diseases.

People with flea bites often develop allergic flea dermatitis. It is manifested by severe itching of the skin, which can persist for a long time. The reason for the development of this disease is that flea saliva contains substances that are quite strong allergens.

With flea bites, there is a chance that a person will become infected with dipyldiosis. This disease belongs to the helminthiasis.At the time of sucking the blood, along with the flea's saliva, the larvae of this helminth can enter the human body, which are then carried by the bloodstream into the intestine. Here, under favorable conditions, tapeworms of up to 70 cm long grow from them.

In addition, fleas are also carriers of such dangerous diseases as plague, typhoid, bartonellosis, sarcopsillosis and pulyosis.

Preventing flea infection

Now you know the answer to the question of whether fleas are dangerous to humans. Therefore, it is very important not to let your pet bring them to your home from the street. During walks, use special flea-free collars. Well and, of course, try to prevent contact of a dog or cat with street animals that are 100% infected with fleas.

If you notice that fleas have appeared in the pet's hair, then show it to the vet. He will not only select the necessary tool, but will also tell you in detail how to treat the apartment. After all, only adult mature individuals live on animal hair, and eggs, pupae, and flea larvae are found in the environment (animal bedding, palas, etc.).