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Kelly M. Credille, Lori A. Thompson, Lisa M. Young, Jeffery A. Meyer and Joseph R. Winkle Evaluation of hair loss in cats occurring after treatment with a topical flea control product Veterinary Dermatology 24

Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/vde.12075

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Background – A formulation containing 39.6% spinetoram resulted in a higher than anticipated number of reports of alopecia at the site of application in the first months following commercial product launch. Hypothesis/Objectives – To determine the cause of the alopecia using histopathology, including assessment for inflammation, follicular findings of physical trauma (plucking/pulling behaviour) and changes in follicular cycling. Conclusions and clinical importance – Microscopic changes in the hair follicles of affected cats were consistent with self-induced trauma or barbering behaviour. All changes were reversible and paralleled findings associated with well-established, topical flea control products.

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