Ectoparasitics

Disease overview

Ectoparasites can cause serious health problems for animals if left untreated. Ectoparasites include fleas, and ticks on dogs, stable fly and biting insects on horses.

Symptoms

Itching, scratching, hair loss and scabs on the skin are symptoms of ectoparasites. Animals suffering an allergic reaction to being bitten are also subject to a variety of other diseases and health conditions.

Causes

Dogs

  • Fleas - Ctenocephalides felis and canis
  • Ticks - Haemaphysalis longicornis

Horses

  • Stable Fly - Stomoxys calcitrans
  • Biting Insects - Culicoides spp.