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Doctor insights on: Ticks On Dogs

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How dangerous are dog bites on the hand?

How dangerous are dog bites on the hand?

Can be dangerous: Any bite to the hand from dog, cat or human can be dangerous and should be cleaned and possibly explored surgically. There are a large number of very important structures in the hand as well as a risk of spread of infection that can be devastating if untreated. If in doubt have your doctor evaluate it. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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Are ringworms from cats and dogs?

Are ringworms from cats and dogs?

Yes....but: Ringworm is just a lay term for a fungus that can be found in many sites. Furry animals, dirt & humans are the main carriers that infect humans. Before you give away fido or kitty be aware they are not the only source. ...Read more

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Do sand fleas bite on straight line?

Do sand fleas bite on straight line?

Sand flea bites: Good answer by dr. Eitner. Here is a great photo of sand flea bites: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=sand+flea+bites+on+humans&qpvt=sand+flea+bites+on+humans&form=igre#view=detail&id=816775b7cc05fc43a65e94533599db2165e34731&selectedindex=1. ...Read more

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When do malaria mosquitoes bite humans?

When do malaria mosquitoes bite humans?

Easy: When they are hungry, which is all the time. If you are in an area where malaria is endemic, take the appropriate prophylaxis, where repellent and sleep under repellent impregnated mesh. ...Read more

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Are ringworms from cats and dogs? What about other pets?

Are ringworms from cats and dogs?  What about other pets?

Yes, sometimes: Ringworm, or tinea, is caused by a fungal infection in the skin (not a worm as the name suggests!). In most cases, the fungal infection is from a dermatophyte, which is a skin fungus that only affects humans. Sometimes, tinea can come from fungus that usually infects cats and dogs, and even pigs, horses, and other animals. It is transmitted via direct contact and fortunately easily treatable. ...Read more

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How can you treat flea bites on humans?

Flea Bites: You can us an over-the-counter 1% Hydrocortisone to relieve itching. Antihistamines you take by mouth may also help with itching. You can also get prescription cortisone which is stronger. The best thing to do is to get rid of the fleas. ...Read more

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Are tick bites suppose to hurt?

Are tick bites suppose to hurt?

No: Ticks typically inject a compound that renders the bite area numb so that the person it's feeding from, won't know it's there. ...Read more

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Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Doubtful: Animals ; pets carry different scabies mites. Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. ...Read more

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How dangerous are dog bites?

How dangerous are dog bites?

Variable: Dog bites are common and can be painful and damaging especially when on the face. The danger is to any sensitive structure damaged by the teeth of the dog and the aggressiveness of the dog (how many bites were received). So some bites are minor and accidental and others serious related to how aggressive the dog was. ...Read more

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Can deer ticks bury under skin?

Can deer ticks bury under skin?

Deer tick: Deer ticks sit upon the top of the skin and grab the skin and penetrate it with the proboscis that gives the tick blood. So they are technically external to the skin. ...Read more

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How are fleas spread?

How are fleas spread?

Flea transmission: Fleas are parasites that can be the vector for many diseases. They have no wings, so they can simply crawl onto your skin. ...Read more

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Can people catch fleas from dogs?

Can people catch fleas from dogs?

Flea bites: You can get flea bites from fleas on dogs. Typically pt will be seen in the spring with many itchy spots on the extremities and it turns out they have a dog. You can apply moisturizer and hydrocortisone 1% to the spots for relief of itching, but get the dog checked out ...Read more