Welcome to our series from the Wonderful Dr. Barry Baum, Chief of Staff
at Center-Sinai Animal Hospital.
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Dear Dr. Baum --
Can small kittens (under 8 weeks) be bathed to rid of fleas? We have
and our kittens are miserable and too young to use flea products on.
We bombed the affected part of the house but cats (2) are still
crawling with the black fleas. Is there a proper way to bathe cats?
Do the same principals apply as to dogs? Thanks! Center Sinai has
been our vet for our dog - the kittens are new arrivals.
Los Angeles, CA
Never hesitate to use
a flea shampoo on young kittens. Any toxic potential of the shampoo
is negated because there is only a brief contact between the shampoo
and the kitten. When the shampoo is rinsed off, the insecticide is
also removed. Thus, a flea shampoo has no residual effect for
keeping fleas off. Avoid flea dips, sprays or powders as prolonged
contact with these products can result in enough absorption to
overwhelm a very young kitten's ability to effectively remove it. I
have used Advantage on kittens over four weeks when there are large
infestations. Failure to control large flea infestations can result
in enough blood loss in small kittens to necessitate therapeutic
blood transfusions. I feel comfortable in using Advantage in kittens
this young because this product is not absorbed in the body and
thusly does not need an exit strategy.
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