You can get Frontline and Advantage at Pet stores and its ok.. but anything else I wouldnt touch.
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10/15/03 at 6:03pm
|Hartz Kills Pets - or - Strip Mine Hartz Mountain
I am not usually an activist. I leave that to others. But at the moment I am so angry I am sending this letter out to everyone in all my address books.
You may not have a pet yourself, but I'm sure you know someone who does. Please pass this along to them.
Hartz Mountain manufactures a product known as "Flea & Tick Drops Plus," an anti-flea remedy which is applied to the animal's back, like Frontline or Advantage. The difference is that Frontline and Advantage use a much newer chemical, which DOES NOT HURT the animal. Hartz uses phenothrin which --- according to my vet --- has been around for 50 years, is not nearly as effective, and can be toxic. Cats apparently are much more likely to be sensitive than dogs.
Well last night, late, I put a dose on our smallest cat, Yoda (7 pounds, 14 ounces), and I used the "Cats under 10 pounds" strength. Around noon today, I noticed that she was listless, her balance was off, she was drooling heavily, and when I picked her up, I saw she was twitching. Badly. I called our vet, explained what was happening, and they told me to get her in IMMEDIATELY. As in, right now. As in, if you hurry, you might be able to save her.
I rushed her to the vet - the fact that she went in the carrier willingly told me just how very sick she was. He examined her, and told me that she should be okay. They were going to give her a bath, to get all of the chemicals off her fur, give her some activated charcoal, and then observe her for a few hours. If she improves, I can pick her up this evening. If she doesn't improve, or gets worse, they will keep her over the weekend, and give her an IV to pump fluids through her, and if necessary, anti-seizure medication.
We were lucky - we noticed she was sick fairly early on, and got her medical treatment. And I used the smallest dose for her. The vet said that if I'd used the higher strength (for cats over 10 pounds) she could have died. He said that sometimes, an owner will accidentally put the dog strength on a cat, and that is almost always fatal.
He was also very disgusted, when we talked about it, because he said that Hartz markets their package to look like Frontline or Advantage. Because it is much cheaper (with reason - a chemical that is no longer patented, and old), people will buy it.
He said that Yoda had all the classic symptoms of phenothrin poisoning. Since she wasn't vomiting or having seizures, she should fully recover. In the meantime, we're bathing the other 3 cats to make sure we get all of this poison off them, I'm writing this rant and waiting to call the vet back.
Please pass this along to whomever you want. Feel free to post it to any web page, to any Usenet or other bulletin board group. If we can spare another animal lover from having to go through this, it will be worth the effort.
Thank you for reading this all the way to the end.
|Originally posted by Sicycat
I'm sorry but it really burns me that someone would surrender their cat just because it had a reaction to flea medication. It's their fault in the first place