Q. A six month old female cat has loss of hair on her tail. She keeps biting at it and the back of both back legs. Seems to be irotated what can we do?

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A. It is very likely that she has fleas and secondary dermatitis. Try looking for flea dirt by combing gently her fur. Flea dirt consists of tiny black spots that , when put in contact with water, dissolve into reddish fluid. If you find some flea dirt on the comb, just clean the comb with a wet tissue and you will see it dissolving. It is best to purchase some safe and effective flea products from your vet, that treat adult fleas and also prevent further development from larval stages . It is also advisable to spray the house. If you have treated your cat afor fleas already, and she still has them, it might be that you used a product that is ineffective, or that you did treat her longer than a month ago. Remember that she will also need to be checked and treated for worms.

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