Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Cat fleas" on dogs?

Dogs have fleas, as you probably know. But did you know that those fleas are often referred to as "cat fleas?"  Suppose the very first flea was found on and taken from a dog?  Then it would have been known as a "dog flea." This distinction probably doesn't bother a lot of pet owners, as a flea is a flea is a flea. As a rule, fleas need to be destroyed, whether they are found on cats or dogs.

But the thing about dogs is that they suffer more from fleas than cats do, for some reason. I'll have to try to remember to ask my vet why this is so next time I visit. Anyway, I always felt that fleas bothered cats more than dogs, but I've now learned that the opposite is true. Interesting.

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