About Fleas: A Common Problem

Fleas are the most common ectoparasite of dogs and cats in North America. Fleas are found in every state in the United States.

Flea control is a vital part of pet ownership. You, your family and your pets can be affected if the problem is ignored. Fleas have a role in the transmission of several diseases, organisms and other parasites.

On these pages, you will find information about flea life cycles, general flea control and the health risks associated with flea bites.

The following video offers a brief overview of information about fleas by Dr. Michael Dryden, Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at Kansas State University and leading expert in fleas.

“The Dirt on Fleas: An Educational Video”

Michael Dryden, DVM MS, PhD

Michael Dryden, DVM, uses his 20+ years of experience to explain how to relieve pet discomfort, eliminate all flea life stages, and prevent future infestations.


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