Prevalence of Ticks and Fleas in Owned Cats and Dogs




Tick, Flea, Dog, Cat, Antalya


This study aims to reveal the diversity and prevalence of ectoparasites in owned cats and dogs in Antalya. Between November 2021 and August 2022, 25 owned cats and 38 dogs brought to a private veterinary clinic for examination within the city border of Antalya were examined for the presence of ticks and fleas. Fleas were collected by combing the dog’s hair with a flea comb and collected in bottles containing 70% alcohol. Tick species were systematically collected from the heads to the tails of dogs and cats with the help of small steel forceps with blunt ends without damaging their mouths. After identifying fleas and ticks using the relevant literature, their photographs were taken. It was determined that 11 (28.9%) of the 38 dogs examined were infested with Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks, and 3 (7.9%) were infested with R. sanguineus and Ctenocephalides canis, with a total rate of 36.84%. Of the 25 cats, 6 (24%) were infested with Ctenocephalides felis type fleas, and 2 (8%) with C. felis and R. sanguineus, a total of 32%. Fleas and ticks are essential for cats and dogs because they transmit diseases to other animals and humans. From the point of view of public health, the ectoparasitic condition in cats and dogs should be observed and controlled.


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Yılmaz, A. B., Adızel, Özdemir, Azizoğlu , E., Gebeş, Ömer, Göz, Y., Oktay Ayan, Özge, & Ayan, A. (2024). Prevalence of Ticks and Fleas in Owned Cats and Dogs . Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, 12(3), 382–385.



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