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Ear mites? Fleas? Revolution? Any experience?
Posted 13 January 2008 - 04:07 PM
Last night I noticed Jerry's ears were disgustingly black inside. I cleaned them out, and did a search on ear mites - and see that Tresaderm is used to get rid of ear mites. Now I'm wondering if the vet gave Tom Tresaderm for ear mites - I had assumed it was a drug for infection because of the pus.
I know Revolution kills ear mites - so I got some from the cat adoption group and plan on using it later today or tomorrow. I still have Tresaderm left over from Tom, and am considering using it on Jerry. I'll have to call my vet tomorrow to see if that's okay. I'm guessing it's safer to go with Revolution and IF they have ear mites, they'll be taken care of, than to go with Frontline.
My vet said Tom had a heavy flea infestation, but I really don't see any fleas. I used a flea comb, and got little bits of "dirt". I had read that flea dirt is composed of blood, and if you drop water on it that it will dissolve - so I dropped some water on it on a white gauze pad, and nothing happened. Not sure if it is flea dirt or not. I don't see fleas, I don't feel fleas. Both have beautiful fur, not grimy fur that I've been told is what you feel if a cat has fleas. I guess I've been lucky all these years - TC never had fleas or a URI - and neither have Tabbytha and Catrinka, so I'm totally in new territory here. She did not see fleas on Jerry - which also has me confused since they are littermates and have been together all along.
Any advice from the wise cat people of IMOM??
Pictures of the two of them are at the gallery.
Posted 13 January 2008 - 09:39 PM
I'm not that familiar with selamectin, but I would definitely check with your vet before using both Revolution and Tresaderm for Jerry's ears.
Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:26 AM
I've missed being here, and am trying really hard to cut back my hours at work so I can have more IMOM time!!!!
Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:58 AM
The tresaderm will clear up the ear mites. I would also not combine these products.
Even with advantage or those store bought flea meds, the common wisdom is to wait at least two weeks before using the a different product or a second dose.
Hang on the to Revolution, you can use it when they are older (you are keeping them, right?) or on an adult cat.
Thanks for taking care of these babies.
Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:59 PM
Kathy - the Revolution comes in two strengths, one for over 15 pounds, one for under 5 pounds. Then of course there are the stronger ones for dogs too. This is the first time I have ever used this product. I would NEVER EVER use any of the OTC Brands of flea treatments on ANY animal! I have seen and heard too many horror stories with Hartz. I would also NEVER order any Frontline, Advantage, etc on the internet - a friend of mine did - treated her cats, and two of them died from toxicity. After further investigation, she found out that she had gotten counterfeit products. Check Merial's website, they have more details there on how to tell. The sad thing, she bought the Frontline from a "reputable" internet source. Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent. Had I seen your post, I think I would have waited, and only used the Tresaderm. I'm usually very cautious about stuff.
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