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My cat has been scratching a lot around the face and neck. He has some black scabby areas under his chin. I suspect mites but could be some other skin disorder. I had treated him for fleas and they seem to be gone because when I use a flea comb I don't see any fleas. But he is still scratching.

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August 9, 2015 at 2:44 PM

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Dear Sheila,

It is common to develop skin issues after having had fleas. DERMA-IONX can help with the allergy response. Cats can develop an allergy to flea saliva and also acquire tapeworms from the fleas. If you have not already, bring a stool sample to your veterinarian to check if your cat needs to be wormed for tapeworms. Besides DERMA-IONX I would also give PROBIOTICS and OMEGA 3,6,9 to restore the gut and reduce inflammation. This usually improves the skin and coat. Be sure to eliminate the fleas. The majority of the fleas are in the environment and not on the animal, so you could have a few hiding out and jumping on for a quick blood meal. One flea bite can create an allergic response.

Please let us know how you do. Sometimes altering the diet can be helpful as well and we can advise you on that if necessary.

Best regards,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
August 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM
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