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Trends Parasitol. 2005 May;21(5):232-6.

Advances in the control of Ctenocephalides felis (cat flea) on cats and dogs.

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  • Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314, USA. michael.rust@ucr.edu


Cat fleas are the most important ectoparasite of cats and dogs worldwide. During the past ten years, topical and oral applications of insecticides such as fipronil, imidacloprid, lufenuron and, most recently, selamectin have revolutionized cat-flea control. Recent studies show that these therapies eliminate the need to treat indoor and outdoor environments, and their use markedly reduces the severity and prevalence of flea allergic dermatitis. Surveys have yet to reveal the development of insecticide resistance to these chemical compounds. Extending the longevity of these effective host-targeted therapies should be a major goal of the veterinary community.

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