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URGENT FLEA PRODUCT PET ALERT

We have experienced a dramatic increase in severe adverse reaction to over-the-counter (OTC) flea products.

Our experience suggests there is a major risk for pet owners with "flea drops" available at many otc outlets.

In an effort to compete with the new high-tech flea products available through veterinarians by prescription, many companies are producing flea drops packaged to mimic the drops veterinarians sell such as Advantage and Frontline/Top-Spot.

We have had two cats in the last month in intensive care as a result of adverse toxic reaction to OTC flea drops. I have gone to local outlets to research what is in the products being sold. Close to 100% of these products contain Permethrin as their principle ingredient. This is 30 year old technology. It never did work very well and in the concentrated form being supplied in flea drops animals (especially cats) are able to absorb toxic amounts through their skin. One cat presented in a coma, developed seizures and died after several days. We have seen others experience seizures only. All have required major treatment in order to de-tox.

If you have any Flea drops from OTC outlets that contain concentrated Permethrin my suggestions would be to get rid of the stuff. These products typically sell for $6-8.00 for three or four month supply.

It is not worth the risk to your pet. Throw the stuff away, return it for a refund, whatever, but don't put it on your pet. Go purchase prescription flea drops from your veterinarian. You will pay more, but the product you purchase will work effectively for flea control and your pet will be receiving a proven safe product.

You should also watch for signs of adverse reaction to the otc product at the application site. We have had a number of animals who have had their hair coat turn a yuckie brown color where Permethrin containing products have been applied.

Advantage™, Frontline™ or Topspot™ are a better way to go for now.

CALL US IF YOU ARE LOCAL to Port Angeles, Washington at (800)332-4551 or (360)452-4551 or contact your local veterinarian.

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