Biodiversity of Ticks and Fleas of Dogs in the Western Balkans - Preliminary Examinations

  • Ivan Pavlovic Scientific Veterinary Institute of Serbia
  • Ivan Pavlović Scientific Veterinary Institute of Serbia,11000 Belgrade, Serbia
  • Srdjan Jovčevski Veterinarna Clinic " I N O-V E T ", 1300 Kumanovo, R.Macedonia
  • Dragan Rogožarski Veterinary Specialistic Institute Požarevac, 12000 Požarevac, Serbia
  • Ferenc Csordá¡s Veterinary Ambulance FeriTom, 23000 Zrenjanin, Serbia
  • Novalina Mitrović Veterinary Institute"Teolab", 76000 Dvorovi Bijeljina, Republic Srpska
  • Irina Mijatovic Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Podgorica, 81101 Podgorica
  • Doroteja Marčić Scientific Veterinary Institute Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad,
  • Dragan Ćirković State University of Novi Pazar, Dep.of Chemical-Technological Sciences, 36300 Novi Pazar,
  • Milanko Å ekler Veterinary Specialistic Institute Kraljevo, 36000, Kraljevo
  • Marko Ristić Veterinary Zavod Subotica, 24000 Subotica
Keywords: fleas, ticks, dogs, west Balkan


Ticks and fleas infestation is the most common ectoparasitic condition of dogs with worldwide distribution. In period 2011-2013 we performed preliminary study on the biodiversity of ticks and flea of dogs, from the Western Balkan area. Parasites were collected from dogs in veterinary practices from several cities in various part of Serbia, Macedonia, Republic Srpska (BiH) and Montenegro. During of the study of relative abundance analysis revealed that the species Ixodes ricinus was absolutely dominant, followed by Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Dermacentor marginatus and D. reticulatus. At same examinations three flea species were found at dogs Ctenocephalides felis felis was the most abundant, followed by Ctenocephalides canis and Pulex irritans.

Author Biographies

Ivan Pavlovic, Scientific Veterinary Institute of Serbia
department of parasitology
Ivan Pavlović, Scientific Veterinary Institute of Serbia,11000 Belgrade, Serbia
department of parasitologz