Travel Animal Doctor: Parasites

Travel Animal Doctor: Parasites

Did I contract fleas from my dog? If there is a flea infestation on your skin, it is not likely to have come from your dog. – Travel Animal Doctor It is important to realize that you really cannot contract fleas from your dog or cat. It is upsetting when a person wants to give away a family pet, even more so if it is because a person believes to have contracted fleas from the pet. While many people fear getting these parasites from their pets, there is no reason to fear. National Media Museum / Foter / No known copyright restrictions  It is often a blessing to remember that some parasites do not cross species and are host-specific. Fleas are somewhat host-specific, in that reproduction cannot be completed on humans. This means they may bite you, but they cannot replicate on you. Thus, dog fleas cannot live off of you. While you cannot catch fleas from your dog or cat, there are human fleas that can specifically fulfill their life-cycle through use of your blood on your skin. If you think about it, you are often exposed to parasites without a pet. Let’s say you took a trip to Ethiopia and ran out of bottled water.   You are dehydrated and have no choice but to take a sip of water from a stagnant pond. A year later you are in the backyard of your house working in the garden and you feel a burning and uncomfortable blister forming on your leg. You put your foot in cold water to ease the burning sensation and a worm emerges from the blister releasing thousands...
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