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We have a cat that has been continuously scratching...we've used 3 different flea treatments and find very few fleas on her...but she is continuously scratching and licking (cleaning) and losing her hair (fur)...around her neck, the base of her tail on her back...belly area etc. etc...what could be the cause? Hot spots?...

Smartliving Guest asked this
December 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM



Dear Daniel,

It is common to develop skin issues after having had fleas. Cats can develop an allergy to flea saliva and also acquire tapeworms from the fleas. Even one flea can start the allergy cascade. As long as there is even one flea you will have problems. You might need to treat the environment if there some lingering. Your veterinarian can check a stool sample to determine if your cat needs to be wormed for tapeworms. I would also give PROBIOTICS and OMEGA 3,6,9 to restore the gut and reduce inflammation. This usually improves the skin and coat.

Please let us know of your response.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
January 1, 2015 at 8:05 AM
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