ABSTRACT The flea is an ectoparasite which can feed off mammals and birds. There are around
2,500 different species of fleas but the two most commonly encountered by UK veterinary nurses are
Ctenocephalides felis and Ctenocephalides canis. This article looks at the topic of fleas, specifically the
flea life cycle and the diagnosis and treatment of a flea infestation in a cat or a dog, focusing on the
importance of treating each stage of the life cycle and advising the patient’s owners to do the same.
Keywords flea, life cycle, treatment

To cite this article: Anon (2023) The life cycle and treatment of fleas. VNJ 38(2) pp 54-56

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