Fight fleas with a visit to the vet

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Dog owners should recognize the need to include flea protection among their pet supplies. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Dog owners know that fleas can fluster their furry friends. Fleas are tiny parasites that feed off the blood of their hosts, and the American Kennel Club said that there are more than 2,200 species of fleas in the world. Though it may seem counterintuitive, the flea that infests dogs most frequently is the cat flea. There is such a thing as the dog flea, but the AKC said that dogs only rarely experience dog flea infestations. Dog owners who have witnessed their dogs dealing with flea infestations likely noticed how irritated their dogs seemed while they were fighting the fleas. But the potential complications of flea bites are more serious than irritation. According to the AKC, flea infestation can lead to the skin disease flea allergy dermatitis, which occurs when a dog
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