Q. Can my cat get sick from fleas and ticks?
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS
A. Yes, fleas can cause several issues in both dogs and cats. One of the most common concerns with flea infestation includes flea allergy dermatitis, which leads to extremely itchy skin, hair loss, and even skin infections. Second, there is a concern for the transmission of intestinal parasites, specifically tapeworms. Third, the most severe flea infestation can cause anemia from constant blood loss and can even result in death.
Ticks can transmit several debilitating and serious diseases to your dogs and cats. Among these are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Cytauxzoonosis.