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  • Do horses get fleas
  • Why dont horses get fleas?

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    07-09-2010, 09:22 AM

I was just wondering if horses could get fleas? And if so, how would you treat them? I was thinking of this last night, because a lot of people at my barn bring dogs and if they carried fleas maybe my horse could get it too.

Thank you!
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    07-09-2010, 09:29 AM
Horses don't get fleas. They can get ticks, but they don't get fleas.

It has something to do with their body temperature not being within a flea's range of palatability, I believe. People, dogs, and cats get fleas, but horses don't.
    07-09-2010, 09:39 AM
Okay! :) Thanks so much!
I was worried there for a while. Haha.
    07-09-2010, 09:44 AM
You're welcome. So no, you don't need to worry about getting your horse a flea collar!
    07-09-2010, 09:53 AM
Yep, no fleas. It doesn't have to do with body temperature though. Dogs and cats can normally have a body temp. Up to 102 degrees.

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