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Delaney Donelson | 5 months ago
Just Noticed Fleas On Both Of My Cats.. What Is The Safest Treatment To Use?

Just noticed fleas on both of my cats.. what is the safest treatment to use?

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Hello.
There are lots of safe options these days. It is always best to talk to your vet about their preference and ideas as they know your car best. On mine I use either revolution or bravecto. But if you are looking for a good safe effective and affordable over the counter I like frontline too. It’s now available as a generic. Be really careful though lots of otc meds are very toxic to cats. They will be labeled as such. And make sure you treat all the pets in the household.

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Logan Mars | 2 years ago
I Have A 5 Year Old Corgi That I Rescued About 6 Months Ago. She’s…

I have a 5 year old corgi that I rescued about 6 months ago. She’s a great dog but before I got her she lived on someone’s back porch with fleas, and I live in Georgia so she had that Georgia sun beating down on her so she had super dry and sunburnt skin, she had chewed all the fur off her butt and legs and some of her back. Once I got her she went to the vet and got all her shots and I got rid of her fleas. Soon she had all her fur back and she was gorgeous and she’s super happy now, but last night she randomly chewed a spot of fur gone and made the skin raw on her back leg. Not because of fleas because she has none, she did it because it’s a habit for her from when all she would do was chew herself up for the first 5 years of her life. So I cleaned up the spot and put a cone on her but she can still reach to chew and lick that spot because corgis have such long snouts and their bodies are long so the cone doesnt keep her from doing it. The medium sized cone fits her neck but it’s too short so she can still reach to bite but the large cone is long enough so she can’t chew but it’s too big around her neck so she can slide it off. I’ve tried spraying stuff that taste bad on her but she doesn’t care and still chews. I wanted to get one of those inflatable donut things that keep them from chewing but I don’t wanna spend $20 on it just for her to still be able to reach and chew.

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Hello,
Thank you for rescuing her. Please see your vet if the area remains red and if she continues to try to lick/chew at it.

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Soory 5e cone is not working. If you are thinking that the chewing is from habit, maybe retraining would help? Train to get rid of the unwanted behavior. Try to redirect each time you see her going after her hind end to chew and praise the positive behavior. Your vet might be able to put you in touch with a good behaviorist, but there are also tons of resources free, at your local library. Best of luck! Thanks for rescuing!!

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Sam R | 2 years ago
Hello, My Name Is Sam. I Own Four Cats And Three Dogs. Right Now The…

Hello, my name is Sam.
I own four cats and three dogs. Right now the cats are the issue in question.

My mother is bent on keeping chemicals out of the house, and has been for a few years. Because of this, we don’t use flea medicine, and bathe our cats in Apple cider vinegar and slather them in cocoa butter instead.
Needless to say, I am here because it does not work, but I do not possess the means of getting any sort of medicine for them.

Last year, this exact issue presented itself, but the only reason it was fixed was because a costly flea bomb to the house.

Right now, my cats are covered in scabs, and are miserable and always itching, biting, and cleaning themselves. The two older ones are suffering the most. They come into my room and yowl at me because they are itching so bad, and now my room has fleas in it as well.

I need help finding a way to soothe them with any methods that would be possible to me, because the vinegar is not working, and only proves to make things worse after I am told to bathe them in it. My cats are covered in scabs from digging so badly at their necks and ears.

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Because I need clarification: your mother’s responsible for your pets’ medical care, and she’s neglecting them? Honestly, I’d rehome them if you have zero way to get them proper care. I understand you love them, but it isn’t fair to them to be miserable simply because your mother’s refusing to care for them properly.

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If it is possible to try to speak to your mother about flea and tick preventatives and the need for them, I would try to sit down with her and figure out a way to pay for it.

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Renee Stuebgen | 2 years ago
Hello. I’ve Noticed The Skin On My 2 Y/o Lab’s Belly (near His Genital Area…

Hello. I’ve noticed the skin on my 2 y/o lab’s belly (near his genital area and down his inner back legs) has darkened. Looks almost dirty, but it’s not. It’s not thickened, raised, red, no pustules or bumps. He also seems unphased by it. No itching, licking, biting, scratching. He doesn’t have fleas, on flea and tick meds year round. Not sure what it could be and if we should be concerned about it. Very hard to get a pic as he doesn’t show his belly often. If can get one will post. Thoughts????

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Hello,
In some cases it is normal pigment changes. And in others it may indicate a skin infection or disease. Your vet can help you discern which, if any of these, it might be.

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| 3 years ago
Fleas…all Cats Are Indoor And On Frontline Plus, Little Dogs As Well. Due For Their…

Fleas…all cats are indoor and on Frontline Plus, little dogs as well. Due for their next dose in a week. We have been battling the fleas for about 5ish weeks (I am going to assume the warm weather and lack of frost hasn’t helped in tracking them in.) Vacuuming daily, flea combing, bathing when appropriate (no more than once a week or 10 days) and I am losing my mind. Just when I think we are doing better there they are again. Any other suggestions? The good news, no skin issues because of bites and the animals are scratching like crazy, actually they don’t seem to be bothered. Thank you 🙂

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Hello,
Sorry to hear. I actually hear about this problem fairly commonly. Here’s what I suggest. Call the customer support on the box. Tell them your about your experience. Also if you bought it from your vet call them. If you were my client I would be advising this; either use frontline every 3 weeks on all pets. Or switch to something else. I like nexgard. And then call an exterminator. Keep all of them on it for at least 4-6 months so you kill all of the little buggers in all of their lifestages.
Good luck
Please let me know what happens.

Krista Magnifico
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Hello!
Please dont hesitate to call me at the clinic if you need any help!
And congrats on the baby!
Take good care of yourself and all of the little ones.
XOXO
Krista

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Lauren Gillespie | 3 years ago
My 5 Year Old Cat Is Extremely Aggressive All Of A Sudden! I Adopted Her…

My 5 year old cat is extremely aggressive all of a sudden! I adopted her from the shelter in May of this year and it’s been kind of a rough road with getting her adjusted to our home. Just when she was settling in, we got fleas.

We have been dealing with the fleas in our house for a little while now and have been doing really well in getting rid of them, upstairs and on the dogs. Now when it seems like they are almost gone, my cat will no longer let me us the flea comb on her or let me put the frontline (what the vet recommended) on her. For the past few months (when we noticed the dogs had them) she let me brush her multiple times a day and even bathe her weekly with no problem, she would purr and run to the bathroom with me to have it done.
Now it’s like she has flipped a switch, I can coax her in with treats but once the brushing starts, she scratches and bites me to the point of drawing blood. She is even attacking me now when I’m not brushing her at all.

Family members are getting impatient with the fleas and say if I can’t get them under control on her then she’ll have to go! I don’t want to give up on my baby but it is starting to cool down where I live and my dogs can’t stay outside for much longer.

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I would get her to the vet for a full workup.

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Claire Zhang | 3 years ago
My Cat Has Fleas And I Have Lots Of Flea Bites On My Ankles. Should…

My cat has fleas and I have lots of flea bites on my ankles. Should I take her to the vet?

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I would.  Your cat should be on a flea preventative and they may want to check for heartworms (assuming she isn’t on a heartworm preventative).  You’ll also need to treat your house at least twice, if not three times, to kill all the fleas.

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jocelyn morales | 3 years ago
My Cat Recently Got Fleas So I Gave Him A Capstan Pill And Then Bathed…

My cat recently got fleas so I gave him a capstan pill and then bathed him and after he was dry I applied advantage 2 but then the next day I saw him scratching and biting himself as if the fleas are still there and so I did research and saw some suggestions online to not apply the advantage treatment until after two or three days after your cats bath but I don’t want to apply the treatment again in case it actually worked but I also don’t want to wait a whole month because what if it didn’t, how do i know it worked??

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You have to get rid of the fleas in the house or you will never get rid of them on your animal. Capstar  only works to kill the fleas one time. Advantage is not the best flea medicine.  Frontline is a good medicine and so is Revolution. You can get Frontline at Petsmart and Revolution at a vet. You should not overdose your cat. I would wait at least two weeks to give more medicine but switch to Frontline. In the meantime you need to vacuum your house over and over and suck up the fleas. And you probably need… Read more »

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If you don’t see fleas in the fur then it probably worked. Cat could be scratching from old bites. Cat could have mites or allergic reaction to the medicine or something else causing it to scratch. You may want to see a vet of you think the scratching is excessive. Don’t overdose with flea medicine. Wait the recommended time on the box.

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Tetra Halley | 3 years ago
My Dog Had Fleas, We Got Rid Of Them. Now Where He Was Scratching And…

My dog had fleas, we got rid of them. Now where he was scratching and biting are scabs. What can I put on him for relief of itching

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You can rinse him daily (if he has short fur 2 times per day) with a mix of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water.  Work it through his coat to his skin and allow him to shake and air dry (don’t rinse it out).  This will help calm the itch.  On hot spots you can dab on witch hazel with aloe vera this will help the skin heal – do this a few times per day.  It is safe for him to lick either treatment. You may also want to try Zyrtec, an over the counter medicine – give him the… Read more »

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Jessica Bishop | 3 years ago
My Kitten And I Recently Moved In With My Fiance. I Was Unaware His…

My kitten and I recently moved in with my fiance. I was unaware his house was as infested with more fleas than I’ve ever seen. He had recently let his dogs in and it was terrible. When I made him realize how bad it was, he immediately put the dogs out. But it was to late to save my baby from them and she was to young to use any meds but only by about a week. I found the stuff I put behind their neck for kittens 8 weeks and older. Of course I bought it and applied it. It worked great at first. Then I bought this stuff u sprinkle on your carpet because they were still biting us. It said it was safe once dust had settled. Then it was almost like the fleas attacked her. They are so bad she ca t play, sleep, n rarely sit still. Now she has them INSIDE her nose, she has very bad diareah, and I cant even get them off with a bath. So I just applied (literally 10 min ago) some hydrocortisone spray so maybe she could gt z o e rest. She won’t leave my chest except to poop, n when she comes back she jumps on me like help and looks in my eyes like something is wrong. Of course she is cleaning herself, but it sounds like the stuff I sprayed on her is caking up on her tounge or something. She will run away real fast then run back to me real fast. Help me help her. Please.

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OK so seriously this is what you need to do. Get cat out. In a carrier.  Get a pill called capstar. It kills all fleas.   But before you do that you need to bomb this house and vacuum like a crazy person.   Cat needs to be in a carrier outside the house.  Try to get cat away from loud noises or anything that will scare it.  Stop spraying this cat and get it out of the house. Go to the store and get a carrier. This will take days. 3 -4. Days. Bomb and bomb again. Vacuum the… Read more »

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You need to have the rid of fleas first. And a vet would be necessary  …when you think the fleas are all gone.. then bombs again in 3 weeks.  Eggs live forever…and when they hatch they need bombed. Please take the time and effort to help this poor cat it is lucky to have you. It won’t cost much and a vet will tell you what to do. Start now today. Take a few days off work do whatever need to be done. Will require cleaning and more cleaning and vacuuming. Clean Vacuum and clean again …and again .. till… Read more »