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03-28-2003, 11:42 PM
I want to just inform all of you Please don't buy over the counter flea products for cats or dogs. We are learning the hard way, our Winky may not live through the night at the vets. The vet said even some of the flea shampoos are harming some animals.

Cisco's Mom
03-29-2003, 06:17 AM
OMG!! I'm so sorry to hear of this! :(

I'm an environmental chemist and I have always had concerns about these types of products. Especially those topicals that one puts directly on the back of their pets neck. To me a person is just putting liqued pesticide on thier pets. This is absrbed and goes into the blood strem. Can't be good. Lots' of short term studies, but no long term studies. Ectc....

I will pray for your fur baby and your family. I truely hope the best works out and your baby can come home!!:)

03-29-2003, 07:53 AM
:( I hope Winky is ok, what sad news.

What we use is applied to the back of their necks, but it was given to us from the vet--it's called Revolution, and it is for fleas, ticks, and heartworm.

03-29-2003, 10:44 AM
OMG, I hope your sweet Winky is ok! That's awful!:(

For flea products, I personally like BioSpot!

I really hope he's ok! I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers!

03-29-2003, 08:17 PM
Just an update He is still at the vets they called late last night he was losing body temp. and not seeming to bring it up. So we were getting prepared for the worst. But he is still having some sezure activity( they have him on barbitues) But his temp is going up. They have him in an incubature. They are keeping him under till the seazures stop.
They said they would call if he starts to slip backwards. The one vet called she took him home with her to keep a watch on him all night (amazing lady vet) she even told me he is a very special guy. We agree.
Thanks for all the prayers they are helping.
Ebony our little girl is spending the day looking for her big brother . Shes really cuddling up like never before too.

Aspen and Misty
03-29-2003, 08:32 PM
O I am soooo sorry to hear about this ::hugs:: I hope your baby is ok! I will be praying for him!


03-29-2003, 08:39 PM
I'm so sorry to read this thread. :( Glad to hear Winky's doing a bit better. We'll keep him and you on the prayer list. What type of product was used?

PS I'm so glad you have such a wonderful vet. Sounds like she may help make the difference in Winky's recovery.

03-30-2003, 09:55 AM
LATEST report. Last night after posting the vet called. She said Winky hadn't had any meds since the AM and she had just checked him and the little buugger was tring to lift his head. Yeah Wink!! She had given him some iv glugose and some vitamins but was going to leave the iv out and he was in the incubater but it was turned off. She was going to leave him for the night at the clinic. She knows he hates car rides and didn't want to stress him any more.
This morning she called and she was laughing he was standing up (wobbly) and met her demanding food. We can pick him up tomorrow. She admited that they really didn't think he was going to make it. tuff old guy we have.
If you are ever in northern montana and need a vet. Dr. Kate List and Dr. Karen Mooney at Alpine and Central Hospitals are the best. Dr Karen is the one who stayed up all night with our boy. I'm working on a special knitted hat for her.
Thanks to all who have sent us the great words and prayers. I ment a lot to me but it really helped Winky's 19year old daddy. (my son ben) He saved this cat as a kitten from my moms dogs and has had him for 14 years . Only not had him to sleep with maybe a total of 2 weeks though out those years it was a huge flood of tears here on friday night. Thanks agiain for the terriffic thoughts.

03-30-2003, 11:25 AM
Wonderful news!! Way to go Winky!!!!!
It seems as though you have the best vet--how wonderful.
Would you mind posting what it is that you used on Winky?? I'm just curious.
Thank you for bringing it to everyone's attention, and give Winky a hug from me when he gets home!!!!

03-30-2003, 09:57 PM
Corinna, I hope Winky is still doing well. I agree with you about over the counter flea products. Don used a flea shampoo on Perry and it burned his one eye, we took him to the Vet and he gave us some medication to put in his eye etc. etc. He had a really tough time with it. We don't use flea shampoo anymore.
Jackie, Perry and Miss Daisy

Aspen and Misty
03-30-2003, 10:00 PM
O I am so happy to hear he is doing better! ::hugs:: Such a fighter!! YIPEE! This is time for a celebration!! YAA HOO!

Ash :D

03-30-2003, 11:26 PM
I'm glad to hear that Winky os doing fine! :)

But would you mind telling us what the product was? So none of us accidentally use it? :confused:

03-31-2003, 01:51 AM
Max gets Advantage & it doesn't bother him & hes a sensitive dog... but we only get the meds from the vet... But its not like Max needs anything for fleas he hasn't had a single flea in over 6 yrs, I don't think they like his blood, hehehe

I'm really glad he's going much much better & will be going home... Thats a very very nice vet...

A vet did something like that to Max... on short notice we needed to board him & the only place we would dream of taking him was to the vets... The vets kennel was full & would have been too small for Max, but one vet said she has a kennel at her home not in use & she would board him for the same price as the vets kennel. We left him with her & when we came back, she told us a few stories.. She brought him to the office with her every day (because she knew he wasn't an out doors dog... she gave him a big chair to sleep on & let him run loose in the fields out back with her kids & her dogs... she told us he was a good quiet dog, except when someone was coming up the driveway, she said he sounded mean until she greated the person... but she made 1 big boo boo, which made us not use her again... We gave very specific rules about his water, food & bowls. His water & food bowl was in a diff kennel with a dog... Max had a chewed up pail & a muddy food dish... Max also had diarea on his butt which means he wasn't drinking town water, she gave him well water (which makes him very ill)... I through a small fit because his good water pail was chewed & his "ceramic" food dish was muddy & had poop on it... the vet heard my fit & said that thats not the pen she left him in, her daughtor mush have put the dogs in the wrong pen... but I didn't care at that point, I now had an ill dog on my hands... & trust me, cleaning diarea off ur dogs butt, car seats & rugs at home, is not fun... especialy after a nice vaccation

03-31-2003, 04:01 AM
I'm gonna take a lot of flack for saying this, but, being the person who I am....

I think it's funny all of you said something along the line "...but, my vet gave it to me..." like it makes it safer than if you went to the store and bought it off the counter with out a prescription.


Just because a doctor gave it to you or a vet gave it to you, that doesn't mean it's always safe.

Just read OTC or prescription pill bottle, warnings and cautions all over the place.
Most pet medications have no printed warnings or cautions... that doesn't make them safe because they have no warnings labels.

I'm not saying Advantage, Frontline, Revolution, etc... isn't safe, you can draw your own conclusion about that, but, do you reasearch before accepting something that some doctor or vet gave you saying it's safe... Take Asprin for example... it's kills thousands a year.... it's sold over the counter and doctors recommend it all the time... but is it really 'safe' if it's killing thousands a year?

Some comments from the EPA:

Some Comments from the Humane Society of the US:


It's fall and if you have a pet cat or dog who spends time outdoors, chances are they want to come inside more often. Unfortunately, so do the fleas they carry. Conventional flea treatments (collars, bombs, sprays and shampoos) may pose substantial health risks to you, your family and your pet. Of 20 ingredients commonly used in such treatments, half are known or suspected carcinogens and two-thirds are neuro- toxins. Children, who breathe faster than adults, and spend more time at "pet-level" are particularly vulnerable. Several studies in Baltimore, Denver and the state of Missouri have associated home pesticide use with childhood cancers, for example. Do your kids, your pets and your family a favor by taking the time to control fleas by vacuuming more frequently, regularly washing bedding where fleas gather and grooming your pets with a flea comb.
from: http://www.orcouncil.org/OEC%20Solutions/October2002.htm

Some natural alternatives to spot on flea controls:

03-31-2003, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by Brie
I'm gonna take a lot of flack for saying this, but, being the person who I am....

I think it's funny all of you said something along the line "...but, my vet gave it to me..." like it makes it safer than if you went to the store and bought it off the counter with out a prescription.

The reason I said that, is that I trust my vet 100% There's a reason she does the job that she does, and it is because she truly loves animals, and wants to keep them healthy.

I also buy over the counter meds for myself, but not many. I have to take meds every day, and whenever I need something for a cold or whatever, I check with the pharmacist first, so I know it does not affect my other meds.

Not giving any flak, just explaining where I am coming from!!

Cisco's Mom
03-31-2003, 08:35 AM
Way to go Winky!!

Corinna, I'm so glad to hear of the good news. Miracles really do happen! I was so worried, because I have a friend lose their pet due to this same thing.

Please give Winky a milk bone for Cisco and I ! :) :) :)

03-31-2003, 03:47 PM
The product was called" Pretect" I got it at Target awhile ago. But the vet was releived it wasn't Top Spot they have no antidoit for that one. This one had prythem in it.
Winky was having breckfast when we picked him up, had more when we got home. He is still wobbly , and has been sleeping most of the day. He is still wearing the drug induced "DUH" look . But purring like crazy. Thanks again for all the prayers.

03-31-2003, 04:19 PM
yes i have to agree and endorse what u say, over the counter products can be harmful to your pet, my vet said they are actually toxic, use 'ADVANTAGE' its just a tube u squeeze on the back of their necks out of reach and it works wonderfully, FRONTLINE is another good product cost around seven dollars a tube, but worth it for the animals and your sakes, of course this is in new zealand, u may have other products just as good or similar over in usa no doubt.

04-01-2003, 08:57 AM
I just realize that I was really out of it when I started this thread . I ment it to be under general as Winky is our 14 year old cat. But the vet siad that small dogs are just as much at risk as cats.
Winky is still not himself no mid air leaping attacks on us but did manager to get to the back of sofa with no weaving . My son (winkys dad) took his mattress off the bed last night so winky didn't have to jump on and off to eat or use the box. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.

04-01-2003, 02:08 PM
i do hope winky makes it through all this, poor wee thing, yes top spot is one of the products i have been warned against, and i have administered to my older cat, luckily no adverse effects, well not visible ones anyhow, have been using the advantage for some years now, and its the best.
The cats dont like the feel of it being put on, i think it must feel cold but thats about all really
once again thoughts are with u.
dont worry about being in wrong place i have done that too, we are all animal lovers so it does not matter does it, everyone likes to hear about everyones pets regardless cheers

04-01-2003, 02:11 PM
gosh just read your thread again, and see top spot was the real bad one, hmm, i gave it to ash long before i was told about it being toxic, i hope it has not done any long term damage to my big fella, had i known this i would never have used it, why they can sell such products is beyond me, there should be some sort of control over these products, and warnings, thinking of winky and wishing u all well