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My 9-year-old longhaired female cat developed skin problems about a year and a half ago--bald patch between her shoulders, scabs, itchiness. My vet did all sorts of tests--for mites, ringworm, etc., and it all came up negative. I believe the condition was triggered by poor quality cat food, as she also had a bladder inflammation at the same time (no infection--vet looked for white blood cells, found none). When I changed her diet, she improved tremendously. But now she's relapsing, and I'm in despair, even though I'm feeding her the same excellent diet, complete with fish oil and filtered water. So now I'm thinking fleas. My question: Is it safe to put Advantage (or similar product) on her when she has so many raw spots and scabs?

Smartliving Guest asked this
September 11, 2014 at 1:22 AM



Dear Ellen,

I am concerned that Advantage will worsen the condition. I would instead try DERMA-IONX to decrease the inflammation in the skin and encourage hair regrowth. I would also give probiotics and Omega 3,6,9. to help the gut which in turn can help the skin.

If it is possible to safely bathe your cat you could use DEFENDEX shampoo. I do not let it stand when I bathe my cat, but if there are any fleas present I usually see them in the rinse water. If that is case I then treat the house.

What kind of food are you currently feeding? What is the protein source? Diet choice can speed recovery.

Looking forward to your response.

Best regards,

DR. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
September 12, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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