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Therapy, control and prevention of flea allergy dermatitis in dogs and cats

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This article reviews contemporary concepts underlying the design of control strategies for the management of flea allergy dermatitis in dogs and cats. The limitations of palliative symptomatic approaches are noted, as is the fundamental requirement to differentiate simple pulicosis from true hypersensitivity. In the latter case, eradication of fleas from the affected animal and its surroundings has to be an essential aim. The different biological properties offered by modern chemotherapy are defined and the range of techniques for applying active compounds to the animal and its environment described. Factors for consideration when formulating control strategies and selecting chemotherapeutic agents are discussed in the context of the complexities of the flea life-cycle, the host-parasite relationship and client concerns.
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Keywords: Ctenocephalides felis; FAD; cat; control; dog; flea allergy dermatitis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Cabinet de Dermatologie Vétérinaire, Heliopolis B3, av. de Magudas, F–33700 Bordeaux-Mérignac, France, 2: Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, The Royal Veterinary College (University of London), North Mymms, Hatfield, Herts AL9 7TA, United Kingdom

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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