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Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
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We put flea medicine on her yesterday and this morning she

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We put flea medicine on her yesterday and this morning she is having trouble with balance. Of course she tried to lick it off. She is eating just wobbly.
JA: 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?
Customer: Gabby and she is three. We gave her some extra canned food this morning and she is better. She is an inside cat so I don't think we will put the flea medicine on her again.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gabby?
Customer: No, she is an active cat and loves to play especially with her toys and our dog.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry to hear Gabby is wobbly after the flea medication. What flea product was used?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

It sounds like this was a flea product containing pyrethrin or permethrin or something similar. This group of insecticides can make cats wobbly for a day or two. There is no antidote, you just have to wait it out. It is good that she ate today.

There are flea medications that are safe for cats, and flea control is very important not just for her, but to protect people against diseases that fleas and ticks can carry.

Let me know what was used, and any other questions I can answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I hope you were able to see my responses! I have not heard from you. How is Gabby doing?