Prevalence of Ticks and Fleas in Owned Cats and Dogs


Yılmaz A. B., Adızel Ö., Azizoğlu E., Gebeş Ö., Göz Y., Oktay Ayan Ö., ...More

TURKISH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE: FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.12, no.3, pp.382-385, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Abstract

ThisstudyaimstorevealthediversityandprevalenceofectoparasitesinownedcatsanddogsinAntalya.BetweenNovember2021andAugust2022,25ownedcatsand38dogsbroughttoaprivateveterinaryclinicforexaminationwithinthecityborderofAntalyawereexaminedforthepresenceofticksandfleas.Fleaswerecollectedbycombingthedogshairwithafleacombandcollectedinbottlescontaining70%alcohol.Tickspeciesweresystematicallycollectedfromtheheadstothetailsofdogsandcatswiththehelpofsmallsteelforcepswithbluntendswithoutdamagingtheirmouths.Afteridentifyingfleasandticksusingtherelevantliterature,theirphotographsweretaken.Itwasdeterminedthat11(28.9%)ofthe38dogsexaminedwereinfestedwithRhipicephalussanguineusticks,and3(7.9%)wereinfestedwithR.sanguineusandCtenocephalidescanis,withatotalrateof36.84%.Ofthe25cats,6(24%)wereinfestedwithCtenocephalidesfelistypefleas,and2(8%)withC.felisandR.sanguineus,atotalof32%.Fleasandticksareessentialforcatsanddogsbecausetheytransmitdiseasestootheranimalsandhumans.Fromthepointofviewofpublichealth,theectoparasiticconditionincatsanddogsshouldbeobservedandcontrolled