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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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My cat suffered a reaction to flea medication and has

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My cat suffered a reaction to flea medication and has subsequently been twitching and showing signs of some distress.I cannot get the cat to the vets tody. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear about this concern.

Well, this is a very tough situation. My first and really only true recommendation is to get to a vet immediately, since there in-hospital therapies can quickly resolve these symptoms. Without a veterinarian, I have two basic suggestions:

1. I would wash the entire body to ensure as much product as posible is thoroughly rinsed off. Some people will use dawn dish washing soap to help remove product.

2. For reaction, you can safely give some over the counter Benadryl antihistamine. The dose is about 1mg per pound. So, if weighling about 6-8 pounds, I would give 1/4 of a 25mg tablet. If anywhere around 12 pounds, I would give 1/2 tablet.

Benadryl can be repeated about every 8 to 12 hours.

Hope that info helps!

Dr. Andy