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Ian Wright
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 03 Mar 2016, pp 84 - 90

The cat flea Ctenocephalides felis is a source of revulsion, distress and irritation
for pet owners worldwide. In addition, C. felis can also cause flea allergic dermatitis
(FAD) in susceptible pets as well as significant bite reactions in people. This
in combination, with the cat flea's capability of transmitting a number of vectorborne
diseases, makes control of this parasite vital. Veterinary nurses play a key
role in educating clients about fleas and putting practical control programmes in
place. A crucial component of this is the flea reproductive break point, which if
not considered will lead to failure of flea control programmes.
This article considers flea control, and the importance of the reproductive break
point in ensuring that flea control strategies are successful.

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