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can fleas make your dog sick ...

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can fleas make your dog sick
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Yes and no. Normally dogs have no problem with flea bites but some dogs are very allergic to being bitten by fleas and can have all kinds of skin problems.
Weak dogs who have a lot of fleas can end up with flea bite anemia and be very sick.
Fleas also carry tapeworms and a dog that has fleas usually has tapes too.
If you live in an area where bubonic plague is endmic in the rodent population dogs can get that from the flea bites with sick animals so can people.
But mostly other than itching and irritation fleas don't carry disease that hurts a dog. However ticks do carry Lyme, Ehrlichia, Babeosis etc. which can make dogs quite ill.
Hope this helps you!