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I have 3 cats and they have fleas i bough already lots of

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I have 3 cats and they have fleas i bough already lots of things and nothing work
Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: I dont know what to do
Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: Mimi she have 3years and yara as well and laisy she have 1 year
Assistant: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Mimi

Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda. Just a few minutes as I type my response.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok thanksb

I'm sorry your cats are suffering from this issue, which can cause a lot of discomfort and is frustrating for owner and cats alike.

When it comes to flea treatment, not all are created equal. Though you have undoubtedly paid good money for the products that you have purchased, they are unlikely to be effective if they are not prescription products you have bought from the vet. Flea bombs, shampoos, collars, store-bought tablets etc are rarely strong enough to eliminate the issue.

Frontline spot-on can be purchased from a supermarket and is effective in some but we are seeing a lot of resistance issues in recent years, meaning many fleas are no longer affected by it.

Non-prescription products bought online, from pet stores or from supermarkets are generally not strong enough to tackle the issue. They may kill some fleas but not all of them, meaning the fleas never go away.

We absolutely need to use a prescription treatment to deal with this issue. A spot-on such as Advocate or Prinovox is ideal. You will need to see your vet to be prescribed these products, but I can guarantee it is worth it. If you opt for a spot-on, remember they must stay dry for 1 day before and 2 days after to ensure it is effective.

Of course, any other cats, dogs or rabbits in contact with you own will also need to be treated. The 3 cats that are affected should ideally be treated on the same day.

Similarly, as 95% of the flea burden live off the cats and in their environment, we need to treat the home on the same day as the cats. This means hot washing any bedding and blankets over 60'c, hoovering all around (focusing on dark/warm areas such as under sofas and behind curtains) and ideally using a flea spray such as RIP or Indorex. If this is not done, the fleas will just jump back on at any opportunity they have.

As fleas carry tapeworm, most cats who have fleas will also have tapeworms. Ensure they are up to date with a good quality wormer such as Droncit or Panacur.

If their skin is irritated/scabby or infected, they may well need additional therapy such as antibiotics. Hopefully this is not the case.

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Customer: replied 12 days ago.
mimi is loosing to much weight she is getting to skinny as well i dont know if is because of the fleas
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
You think this is related?

It is impossible to say.

Certainly a heavy flea burden that is causing a lot of discomfort can cause weight loss. Similarly, if she does have tapeworms, they can cause increased hunger, reduced weight and loose stool.

The first step would be to eliminate the parasites and, if this does not work, we would need to take a closer look at things

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok thanks

Not a problem and good luck; fleas can be incredibly irritating!

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