Help for dogs and cats with flea allergies or flea bite dermatitis. Dr. Colleen Smith discusses natural treatments to rid your pet of fleas. To view other pet health videos, visit www.holisticpetinfo.com
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Sentry PurrScriptions Cat & Kitten Squeeze-On Flea & Tick Control
what would you say are the chances that this would work for a cat that is about 2 weeks old? we have only found one flea on her, so we’re not sure if we should get this or frontline (http://www.petco.com/product/12685/FRONTLINE-Plus-for-Cats.aspx). even though frontline has better reviews it is SOOO expensive! please help us, thank you!
shes like 7-8 weeks old darla xD
Question by Matt: Can liquid flea treatment “burn” a cats ears?
I used some over the counter flea treatment on my 1 yr old cat a few weeks ago. It’s the liquid kind that goes between their shoulder blades. I noticed that at the base of each ear now, that there are bright red, bleeding sores. The woman at Petsmart and a vet office said that the over the counter stuff is too strong for cats and can cause “burns” on their ears. Has anyone else heard about this or experienced this before? For those that have heard about it, what should I use to prevent the “burns”?
Answer by curious
I have an aunt who used to work in a vet office, she said she seen a lot of animals come in who had the over the counter flea stuff on them that caused problems. It’s just too harsh on some animals or the owners aren’t buying the right kind for their animals size, etc. You shouldn’t of put it so close to the ears. See what kind your vet suggest & how often you should apply it to your cat.
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We found a stray kitten about 3 weeks ago and the vet said it looked about 4 weeks. Today we finally got around to giving it its first examination and they gave us Revolution flea treatment since he has fleas already. Is this safe to use for kittens? I’m only asking because I just now read that it’s only safe for kittens at least 12 weeks and wanted to know if this was true.
The manufacturer says it’s not for use on kittens less that 8 weeks old, and at one time it was said not to be used on kittens less than 12 weeks old. The other topical flea medications are different than Revolution, and much safer for young kittens or cats that are in bad physical shape. I’d take the Revolution back, and get Advantage until he’s a bit older.
Revolution is systemic – if the kitten has a bad reaction to it, it cannot be washed off.
Late spring, summer, and early fall are usually the months when fleas and ticks are at their worst. Some areas have nice climates year round, these areas have year round fleas as well. Your dog may be an inside dog; that does not mean that he is immune. Just taking your dog out to use the bathroom can start a flea infestation. A variety of other animals (stray cats and dogs, squirrels, etc) comb neighborhoods, these can very easily drop unwanted visitors at your door, literally.
There are products on the market to help control the pests that get on your animal as well as those that get in your yard, your vet can recommend the best products for you to use for your dog’s safety.
You also need to do some other ‘home maintenance’ things. Some of these include:
1. Anything your pet spends much time on should be cleaned as best it can. For instance, if he uses his own bed, wash it in hot water and dry on high heat. If he spends time on the couch, vacuum it regularly (your vet may recommend a mild pesticide be use on the couch (and other places your dog uses a lot), depending on infestation and severity.
2. Vacuum your entire house, washing any throw rugs. Often flea eggs are dropped from the pet into the carpet through shedding. Just because they are no longer on your dog doesn’t mean that they are not viable. These eggs will hatch and grow just as they would if they were on your dog.
3. Brush your dog frequently. Combs designed for lice removal in humans make excellent combs for flea and flea egg removal in short-haired dogs. Longer hair is more difficult unless you have a very passive dog that will allow you to comb down to the skin with the tiny combs but are better done with flea combs designed for dogs. Bathing should be done at least bi-weekly and a good conditioner (oatmeal-based is great) should be applied to help sooth your dog’s skin.
4. Keep your lawn mowed, believe it or not, this helps with flea infestation.
I Can’t Get My Dog’s Liquid Medicine Down
Face it; there are times that we have to medicate our dogs. Usually it’s just not much fun; flailing legs, squirming bodies, and twisting heads are not a joyful experience for either one of you. These tips should help you accomplish this feat. Remember to follow all medication instructions and dosage requirements.
1. Have a treat ready if the medication doesn’t have to be taken on an empty stomach.
2. Measure the medicine into the dropper.
3. Sooth your dog through calm movements and soft words.
4. Wrap one arm around the dog’s neck, between your thumb and first finger, take hold of the lower jaw.
5. Tilt the nose up, but not straight up.
6. Insert the dropper’s tip toward the back of the cheek without opening the mouth.
7. Slowly squeeze the dropper’s ‘bubble’ letting a constant, slow flow of the medication into your dog’s mouth. He will swallow instinctively.
Extra tips, in case your dog is a bit harder to control:
1. Flailing dogs can be wrapped in towels (or blankets for larger dogs).
2. Give high praise and a treat when the process is over (as long as the medication does not need to be taken on an empty stomach).
3. Keep the dog’s body in front of you.
4. There are new ways to flavor pet medications. Certain pharmacists and veterinarians can perform this service for little cost.
Using these instructions and tips, you should be able to successfully give your dog the medication he needs in a less traumatic experience for both of you. High praise for anything good always reinforces good behavior, so every successful attempt should be treated as an exceptional feat for him. He will continue to improve, eventually making the process quite simple.
My cat is an indoor/outdoor cat who has some, but not many fleas. She has never been taken in for grooming or ever had a flea dip. And she has never wore a flea collar. She’s about 3 years old. Once, we put these flea drops on her and she almost died. So we are leary to try anything like that again. Please help, if you can. Thanks.
The only thing that worked in our house (four cats) was a flea dip and Frontline applications after that. I am wary of over the counter (otc) flea treatments. Frontline is vet prescription only. Flea collars and other otc treatments are typically substandard.
If your cat has an allergy or sensitivity to the treatments, your vet may know of alternatives that you can use. Mention the reaction she had to your vet during the exam so she knows a sensitivity is a possibility.