Can your dog get cat fleas?

Cat fleas are the most commonly found flea species in the United States, but are these feline-bound foes a risk for your precious pup?

Cat fleas are the most commonly found flea species in the United States, but are these feline-bound foes a risk for your precious pup?

Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea, is different from its counterpart, the dog flea that solely preys on the blood of your pooch. Unlike Ctenocephalides canis, the cat flea has evolved into a blood bank accepting of all types of donors, from an array of animals as well as humans. Therefore, according to Orkin, despite its name, the cat flea can make its home on your dog and cause your furry friend undesired pain and suffering. When your pet is distressed by itchy skin and demonstrating symptoms of a pest problem, it's likely that cat fleas are the culprit.

While these pests might be puny, their effects can be massive in their transmission of diseases from typhus to Bartonella or tapeworm and more. At the first sign of infestation, it's important to treat your canine companion for fleas. Use Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs to kill and repel fleas for up to one week and prevent their offspring from hatching for up to 30 days.


This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz®. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.