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He has small bugs crawling through fur. They are bigger than…

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He has small brown...

He has small brown bugs crawling through fur. They are bigger than fleas. Lots of debris present.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name and age?

Butkis age 16 yrs.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Butkis

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Butkis?

No everything else is good.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Lice are the only bug other than fleas than you could see with the naked eye on Butkis's skin. Felicola subrostratrus is the cat louse. Here's how it's addressed:

1. Affected and all in-contact same-species animals should be treated.

2. Matted hairs should be clipped away.

3. Traditional therapy is to topically treat your cat's entire body with over the counter 2% lime sulfur, low dose pyrethroids, powder, spray, or dip twice 2 weeks apart. Just about any flea insecticide kills lice.

4. Alternative treatments include the following:

Injectable ivermectin given at 0.2 mg/kg orally or subcutaneously 2 weeks apart. Ivermectin is available over the counter in pet/feed stores. Pleas let me know if you need help figuring the dose for your cat.

Selamectin (Revolution) spot-on (as per label), topically twice 2 weeks apart. Treatment administered every 2 weeks at least four times may be more effective. This is a prescription drug available through your vet.

Injectable doramectin given at 0.2-0.4 mg/kg orally every week for 3-4 weeks. This is a prescription drug available through your vet.

0.25% fipronil pump spray (over the counter Frontline, e.g.) 6ml/kg, topically, twice, 2 weeks apart.

10% fipronil spot-on (over the counter Frontline, PetArmor, Fiproguard, e.g.) topically, twice 2 weeks apart.

5. Bedding, grooming tools, and environment should be cleaned at least once. A professional fumigator is suggested.

6. Prophylactic use of insecticidal flea collars (e.g, over the counter Seresto collar) may protect exposed animals from infestation, but avoidance of infected animals is ideal.

The prognosis is good. Lice are highly contagious from dog to dog and from cat to cat, but they aren't considered contagious from dogs or cats to humans. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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