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Pet product warning: Warning issued on pet flea, tick products

There are 149 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 28, 2009, titled Pet product warning: Warning issued on pet flea, tick products. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Federal environmental regulators are warning pet owners and veterinarians to closely follow instructions if they use several popular flea and tick products, and monitor their pets, as they investigate reports of animals becoming sick or dying.

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jas

Las Vegas, NV

#1 Apr 28, 2009
I used Frontline on my dog several months ago and had a severe reaction where I was unable to breathe and coughed continuously. When I called the company they claimed that their product was not to blame and that my symptoms must have been caused by something else. Believing them I applied the second dose and became so ill I spent the next several weeks going to cardiologists and breathing specialists to find the cause only to ultimately discover that it was the Frontline all along. These products are dangerous. I hope that no one else has to experience what I did.
James

Ashburn, VA

#2 Apr 28, 2009
Vet-prescribed flea and tick products are not necessarily safer. They contain high concentrations of pesticides and can cause adverse reactions, like lethargy, vomiting, and seizures.

For more information on adverse reactions caused by these products, go to: www.BioSpotVictims.org
celia mcculty

Denver, CO

#3 Apr 29, 2009
Spot-0n almost killed my dog several years ago and now I don't use anything. If a dog lives inside and you stay ahead of the problem you don't have it.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Does this stuff come from China? If it does, just throw it away.
allison

Lake Worth, FL

#5 May 3, 2009
what???????
Steven Shapiro

Averill Park, NY

#6 May 3, 2009
This is true. I don't remember the name of the flea product but several hours after I put it on my cats neck he had a reaction to it.
Within days all the hair at the application site had fallen out and the skin was thick and swollen.
woody hayes

San Antonio, TX

#7 May 3, 2009
Let's not over react here. These products are perfectly safe and come highly recommended by Michael Vick.
poppy counts

Brooksville, FL

#8 May 3, 2009
FINALLY!!!

hartz and seargets are BAD products.

countless, COUNTLESS cats have died due to these products.

just do some internet research on these producs and you will see.
Outta My Mind

Naples, FL

#9 May 3, 2009
Here we go again the SS not giving any information. Just more scare tactics. Oh well I think I have the flu anyway.
Mad1Mike

Lake Worth, FL

#10 May 3, 2009
Great. And they hardly work.Salt water has been there best friend.
Mad1Mike

Lake Worth, FL

#11 May 3, 2009
I have a ..
Black Lab Mut
German Shepherd Mut
And pure Siberian Husky
Two are long hair shedders.
Boone

Bristol, FL

#12 May 3, 2009
Hartz has had a bad reputation like this for several years. Their flea powder AND their flea collars have killed many animals. Sure, they can say you applied the powder improperly, but not the flea collar.
frontline

Boca Raton, FL

#13 May 3, 2009
biospot is over the counter, vet prescribed is frontline, advantage etc. Ihave been using front for 15 years on dogs and cats (and one 3 week old kitten that I found literally coated in flea nests) with no adverse reactions what so ever. My 19 year old sheppherd mix is on frontline currently and no problems. Never ever use anything you can buy in a grocery or drugstore.
James wrote:
Vet-prescribed flea and tick products are not necessarily safer. They contain high concentrations of pesticides and can cause adverse reactions, like lethargy, vomiting, and seizures.
For more information on adverse reactions caused by these products, go to: www.BioSpotVictims.org
Jack

Delray Beach, FL

#14 May 3, 2009
As usual the U.S. veterinarian profession puts the squeeze on consumers. The absolute safest best flea and tick, ear mite and manage treatment for cats and dogs is Revolution by Pfizer (I've seen one drop cure a cat that was dying of mange), but you can't buy it except through a vet or vet pharmacy. However, you can buy it from pet suppliers in Australia without an Rx, same product from the U.S. without the extra charges and bs. I use http://www.petshed.com/ with no problems. Revolution has been approved for sale in Australia by the APVMA. The US equivalent of this product has been approved for sale by the FDA.

Both the Australian and US products contain the same active ingredients, selamectin.

However, the products sold by Pet Shed are sold in Australian packaging, and under Australian law, where the products are schedule 5, available without prescription. The Australian versions have not been approved for sale in the USA. As a consequence, the Australian packaging does not have FDA approval and the sale and purchase of products in the Australian packaging, and without a prescription, may be illegal ;-) in the US. PS the exchange rate is in our favor too, an Au. dollar is worth a fraction of the U.S. dollar.
Dog Lover

AOL

#15 May 3, 2009
I think that any of these products are dangerous....in my opinion, anything can contains chemicals that kill bugs, shouldn't be put on your dog or cat's skin. And yet, I have been forced to do it on occasion, when we have had a tick infestation in the house we had no choice but to use the Frontline a few times.. For fleas, I have the Fleabuster people come in once a year and put their non-toxic powder into the carpets...then, no fleas for a year and it really works! I have used this for years and then you don't have to pour any chemicals on the dog or cat...and Fleabusters is non-toxic.
( fleabusters.com ) I have used everything, living in south Florida all these years and this stuff is the best.
Dave Ross

Pompano Beach, FL

#16 May 3, 2009
Frontline Flea & Tick (FRONTLINE Brand Products are the #1 recommendation of veterinarians [on their website]) leaked out of the tube on to my Thomasville end table and promptly disintegrated the lacquer and exposed the raw wood!
Dog lover

Xenia, OH

#17 May 4, 2009
I swear by Sentinel for our 3 large dogs who all stay indoors. It's a wafer that they eat and when the tick or flea bites them, the offensive bugs become sterile.

For their size it costs 45.00 per month for 3 wafers.

We also use the spot on products as a back up, but we never use a full dose, we split it between the 3 of them.

Last year we only had a very minor flea problem on the dogs (not in the house) which disappeared when the weather turned colder.
Dog lover

Xenia, OH

#18 May 4, 2009
Dog Lover wrote:
I think that any of these products are dangerous....in my opinion, anything can contains chemicals that kill bugs, shouldn't be put on your dog or cat's skin. And yet, I have been forced to do it on occasion, when we have had a tick infestation in the house we had no choice but to use the Frontline a few times.. For fleas, I have the Fleabuster people come in once a year and put their non-toxic powder into the carpets...then, no fleas for a year and it really works! I have used this for years and then you don't have to pour any chemicals on the dog or cat...and Fleabusters is non-toxic.
( fleabusters.com ) I have used everything, living in south Florida all these years and this stuff is the best.
That powder is called Borax and can be bought cheaply at any hardware store.

You can sprinkle it around yourself and save a lot of money.

It's supposedly non-toxic to animals and works great, but you must re-apply it a week or so later to kill any newly hatched fleas.
Same Old School

United States

#19 May 4, 2009
I was using spot on from the vet and my dog started having seizures. Falling down and wobbly. After a $900.00 vet bill to check him out they wanted to prescribe expensive heart meds for him. I stopped the spot on and no more seizures for over 11 months. He's acting like a puppy again.
Grandma Fudd

Oviedo, FL

#21 May 4, 2009
Stop letting your cats out to run wild outside where they get the fleas in the first place. You also will prevent some parasites as the cats will chew and swallow the fleas containing parasite eggs, thus infecting themselves with that.

People who love their cats keep them indoors away from traffic, away from other cats, away from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. It is a losing battle to try and treat an outdoor cat plus you obviously are just one whisker away from fatal feline communicable diseases or your cat being flattened out in the road crossing.

If this is the way you raise your cat, you probably raise your kids just as irresponsibly.

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