PROGRAM Injection is indicated for use in the control of flea infestations on cats and in their habitat.
The most important treatment for flea allergy is to eliminate all fleas. Therefore, strict flea control is the cornerstone of successful treatment. Unfortunately, this may be challenging in warm and humid climates (as it is here in Tampa, FL), where a new population of fleas can hatch out every fourteen to twenty-one days. Topically applied monthly flea products may kill fleas before they have a chance to bite your cat. When strict flea control is not possible, injections of corticosteroids, also referred to as “cortisone” or “steroid shots,” can be used to block the allergic reaction and give immediate relief. This is often a necessary part of the initial treatment flea allergies. Fortunately, cats appear relatively more resistant to the negative side effects of steroids than other mammalian species. If a secondary bacterial skin infection occurs from the flea allergy dermatitis, appropriate antibiotics must be used, generally for two to four weeks.
Fleas are the most common external parasite of cats. Nowadays flea treatment has become very simple, very safe and very effective with the advent of “spot on” medications. Spot on medications are liquids which require the owner to apply a few drops of the medication to the back of the cat’s neck (a location that cats can’t reach to remove the medication). This treatment is repeated monthly for two to four times depending on the severity of the infection. For outdoor cats, spot on medication can be used as a preventive for fleas. These spot on medications are used monthly beginning in the spring and continuing until the time of the first frost (which kills fleas outdoors).Ticks are much less common than fleas in cats. In Queens nearly all of the cases of ticks that we diagnose are in cats vacationing outside of NYC. Most often we see ticks in cats that have traveled to upstate NY or to Connecticut or Eastern Long Island. Treatment for ticks is manual removal if the ticks and prevention with spot on medication. Not all spot ons are effective against ticks. Please check labels before using. Our favorite spot on for ticks is Front-Line.The last parasite to be discussed is probably one of the most common ones, ear mites. Ear mites are transmitted by contact with other cats (and dogs and rabbits). So if your cat is diagnosed with ear mites please be certain to have your other cats checked to insure that they are not also infected.Therapy for ear mites is simple, safe and highly effective. Topical medications are most commonly used in treating ear mites. However some cats are difficult to treat with topical medications. In these cases injections of parasiticide (medication that kills parasites) are highly effective. Depending on the seriousness of the infection, two to three injections, two to three weeks apart nearly always gets rid of the ear mites.Lastly, another way of treating ear mites is spot on medications. Our favorite spot on medication for ear mites is Revolution. Revolution is used usually once a month for two months to resolve ear mite infections.
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Controlling fleas is an important part of maintaining your cat’s health. For pet owners who have difficulty medicating their cats or applying a topical (spot-on) flea control product each month, Program injections offer an excellent alternative for achieving long-term flea control. Ask your veterinarian if Program injections are a good choice for your cat.Frontline, Revolution , and Advantage are all spot on liquid treatments done once monthly. Frontline protects against fleas and ticks. Revolution protects against ticks and fleas as well as ear mites, roundworms and hookworms in cats . Advantage protects against fleas. Frontline and Revolution are both water proof approximately 2 days after application. These products last 30 days . Capstar is a pill given orally to kill fleas very quickly (within 2 hours) but only lasts 24 hours. It is what we use if your pet comes in for surgery, grooming or boarding and has fleas on him/her . Program prevents the flea eggs from hatching, essentially “birth control” for fleas. It is give as a pill. It is also available in a 6 month injection for cats only. Because Program does not kill adult fleas, it is most useful in addition to another product or as a preventative for indoor only cats. Do NOT confuse these products with others you find in the pet supermarket or grocery store. Those products are insecticides and can potentially kill your pet especially if a dog product is applied to a cat.