Well, not generally dangerous to humans, although they can be troublesome.
When fleas bite humans, they may develop an itching rash with small bumps that may bleed. Most flea bites require minimal treatment with a mild cortisone cream or an antibiotic ointment.
Infestations are a concern, however, and can cause prolonged discomfort, respiratory trouble and other symptoms.
Furthermore, fleas can transmit tapeworms and diseases to pets.
PNG’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) offers monthly baths on the first Saturday of every month.
This wash costs only K5 and is open to the public.
RSPCA started this initiative in 2010 to help pet owners treat their dogs for ticks and fleas.
“We understand that pet owners cannot easily access medication and treatment that would help their pets get rid of these parasites. The monthly dog dip began in 2010 and since then, we have seen a gradual increase in the number of pet dogs coming in for a wash. On average, we wash between 10 – 15 doggies. The dog wash also creates an opportunity for our staff to speak with pet owners about other concerns they may have for their pets.”
RSPCA will be holding its monthly dog wash again this February 4.
“In the past, we have had people who live as far as Kaugere and Gerehu bring in their dogs for a bath. Public transportation is not so open to the idea of having dogs on their buses and this at times presents a challenge for our pet owners. To overcome this challenge, the RSPCA and the Port Moresby Animal Pound are willing to organise to host dog washes within communities. In order to make this happen, we urge community leaders to contact us so we can organise the activity.”