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Occurrence of Ctenocephalides orientis (Jordan 1925 Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) in Goats and Dogs from Mhow, Madhya Pradesh

Mukesh Shakya A. K. Jayraw Mamta Singh Vivek Agrawal
Vol 8(12), 218-223

Flea infestation is the common ectoparasitic infestation causing dermatitis in domestic and companion animals. Heavy infestation in young animals is responsible for severe anaemia and sometimes may result in to death. In the present study, fleas were collected from the body of goats and dogs in 70% alcohol from Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. For detailed morphological examination, collected fleas were initially dehydrated by using ascending grades of alcohol (30, 50, 70, 90% and absolute alcohol) and were kept for 20 minutes in each grade of alcohol. For clearing, they were transferred to a cavity block containing carboxylol for 20 minutes. After clearing fleas were mounted on a glass slide using the phenol balsam. On detailed microscopic examination, fleas were identified as Ctenocephalides orientis which were collected from goats and dogs, indicating goat and dogs are acting as a host for C. orientis which appears to be a first report from Madhya Pradesh.

Keywords : Ctenocephalides orientis Dog Goat India Mhow Madhya Pradesh Oriental Cat Flea

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