Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Cats

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Treatment In-depth

The type of treatment for fleas on your cat will depend on several factors:

  • The severity of the infestation
  • Whether you have only a cat or cats, or both cats and dogs
  • Whether your pets spend all of their time indoors or some time indoors and some time outdoors
  • The time of the year the problem occurs
  • Area of exposure to fleas as the pet’s yard or public park
  • Whether or not the animal is allergic to fleas

    Recommendations for dealing with cat fleas Include:

  • Many products that are available for the treatment of flea infestation. All products have advantages, disadvantages and may or may not be safe to use with other products.
  • Some “over-the-counter” products available without a prescription, such as flea powders, sprays and collars that contain pyrethrin, which is moderately effective. The most potent flea control products are prescription products available through your veterinarian.

    Prescription flea control products are most potent and include:

  • Capstar® (nitenpyram), an oral product that results in flea death within four hours after administration
  • Program® (lufenuron), a product that can be administered orally or by injection, and that inhibits the development of the flea
  • Frontline® (fipronil) and Advantage® (imidacloprid), topical products placed directly on the skin that prevent and kill fleas
  • Revolution® (selamectin), a topical product that prevents fleas, heartworms and some intestinal parasites

    If your pet already has fleas, they must be killed first with products such as Capstar® (nitenpyram), Frontline Plus® (fipronil) or Advantage® (imidacloprid).

    Recommendations for flea control will vary depending upon local and regional variations in climate. New flea control products are constantly being developed. Consult your veterinarian about the newest and most effective product for your particular area and circumstances.

  • Follow-up Care for Cats with Flea Allergy Dermatitis

    Optimal treatment for your cat requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up is important especially for flea allergic cats. Administer as directed any medications prescribed by your veterinarian.

    Mark dates on your calendar that treatments and follow-up evaluations are due. Follow the preventative measures recommended by your veterinarian as appropriate for the season of the year and your geographic location.

    Contact your veterinarian if you are having difficulty administering prescribed medications or if the results are not as expected.

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