Bartonellosis: Another Reason for Pet Owners to Banish Fleas

BY DR. JENNA ASHTON DVM, MS, DACVIM | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

While you may not be familiar with Bartonella, you’ve probably heard of cat scratch disease, a human condition caused by one form of this bacteria. As the name suggests, people can get this disease from the scratch or bite of an infected cat. But dogs and cats can get sick from these bacteria as well, often from exposure to infected fleas.

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Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Cats and Dogs

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know: There are more than 2,000 species of fleas. But the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the one most often responsible for the misery of cats and dogs. And for some pets, fleas are not only an annoyance, they are also a source of an allergic reaction called flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). A pet that is allergic to flea saliva might scratch and chew at flea bites, and eventually suffer skin inflammation, hair loss, and sores. In addition to attending whatever sores or infections have resulted from the bites, treatment involves removing fleas from the pet and the pet’s environment — and keeping them off the pet and out of the pet’s living and play spaces.

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