ONE BAD DECISION, ONE LIFE LOST

I PURCHASED A 6 PACKAGE OF FRONTLINE FROM 1-800PETMEDS. BUT, BEFORE I RECEIVED MY ORDER IN THE MAIL, I NOTICED THE FLEAS ON MY CATS WERE BECOMING WORSE. SO, DURING A SHOPPING TRIP TO MY LOCAL WAL-MART, I PURCHASED A 3 PACKAGE OF HARTZ FLEA & TICK PLUS DROPS (FOR CATS & KITTENS UNDER 10 LBS & OVER 6 WEEKS OLD). I WANTED TO SEE IF I COULD GET RID OF AT LEAST SOME OF THE FLEAS BEFORE I GOT THE FRONTLINE. I FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BOX (1 CAT “GOLLUM” WAS BORN IN JULY AND WEIGHS OVER 8 LBS. & THE OTHER “LOR” WAS BORN THE END OF OCTOBER AND WEIGHS 5 LBS.). I PUT THE DROPS ON BOTH CATS JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 3RD. WHEN I GOT UP FOR WORK AROUND 7:00 A.M., I NOTICED THAT
LOR WAS SHAKING. WE WERE HAVING UNUSUALLY COLD WEATHER FOR APRIL & I JUST THOUGHT THE HOUSE WAS COLD. WHILE DRESSING, I NOTICED LOR’S HEAD WAS BOBBING, HIS BODY WAS SHAKING & HIS EYES WERE DARTING BACK & FORTH. I KNEW IMMEDIATLEY THAT IT WAS SOMETHING NEUROLOGICAL. I TOOK HIM STRAIGHT TO MY VET. I KEPT THINKING ON THE WAY THERE, COULD THIS HAVE BEEN THE FLEA DROPS. GUESS WHAT? THE FIRST QUESTION MY VET ASKED WAS HAD I USED ANY OVER THE COUNTER FLEA DROPS ON MY CAT. MY HEART SANK AND MY NIGHTMARE BEGAN. I WENT HOME TO BRING GOLLUM IN THE BE CHECKED OUT ALSO. HE WAS ALSO “TICKING” BUT HIS REACTION TO THE DROPS WAS MUCH MILDER. BOTH CATS WERE BATHED AND GIVEN MEDICATIONS TO COUNTER ACT THE FLEA DROPS. THIS STAY WOULD BE FOR 4 DAYS. GOLLUM RECOVERED QUICKLY BUT LOR’S RECOVERY WOULD NOT BE AS FAST. HE HAD DIMINISHED MOTOR FUNCTIONS, PARALYSIS FROM THE MID-SECTION BACK ESPECIALLY HIS BACK LEGS & HIS PERSONALITY WAS CHANGED. HE WAS NO LONGER THE MEAN LITTLY KITTEN WHO USED ME AS A
SRATCHING POST. I WOULD GROW TO MISS THAT LITTLE KITTEN BUT GREW TO
LOVE THIS NEW LOR EVEN MORE. HE LIKED TO CUDDLE WITH ME AND SLEPT VERY CLOSE TO ME IN MY BED EVERY NIGHT. I COULD LIVE WITH HIS FALLING DOWN ALOT, DRAGGING HIMSELF AROUND THE HOUSE AND NOT ALWAYS MAKING IT TO THE LITTER BOX. I TRULY LOVED THIS LITTLE KITTEN. BUT, EVERY TIME I THOUGHT HE WAS GETTING BETTER AND GAINING WEIGHT, HE ONLY GOT SICK AGAIN. THEN WE WERE BACK AT THE VET’S OFFICE (SOMETIMES FOR EXTENED STAYS & OTHERS JUST FOR SHOTS, MEDICATION,SPECIAL FOODS OR I.V. FLUIDS. DURING HIS BAD DAYS WHEN HE WOULD NOT EAT I WOULD FEED HIM THROUGH A SYRINGE EVERY 3 HOURS, I WEIGHED HIM TWICE A DAY TO MAKE SURE HE WAS GETTING ENOUGH NOURISHMENT, & GAVE HIM I.V. FLUIDS UNDER THE SKIN TO KEEP HIM HYDRATED. THIS WENT ON FOR 2 MONTHS. PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE CRAZY, BUT I AM A BIG ANIMAL LOVER. IF THERE IS A CHANCE HE WOULD GET BETTER, I WOULD BE THERE TO HELP HIM. I JUST COULD NOT UNDER STAND WHY HE WOULD GET BETTER AND THEN GET SICK AGAIN. LAST TUESDAY LOR GOT SICK AGAIN. I DID NOT THINK HE WOULD LIVE THROUGH THE NIGHT. WHEN MY VET OPENED AT 7:30 A.M. WE WERE THERE ONCE AGAIN. THERE HE STAYED UNTIL SATURDAY, MAY 28TH WHEN MY BELOVED LOR LOST HIS BATTLE WITH THIS ILLNESS. HE HAD 4 EXTENDED STAYS AT THE VET, MUCH PAMPERING FROM ME AND COUNTLESS VISITS TO THE VET FOR SHOTS, SPECIAL FOOD, ETC BUT NOTHING SEEMED TO HELP FOR LONG. MY VET SAID HIS KIDNEYS WERE JUST TOO DAMAGED FROM THE HARTZ FLEA DROPS AND HE JUST COULDN’T RECOVER.
EVERY LITTLE THING SEEMED TO MAKE HIM SICK AND THIS WAS WHY. DON’T USE ANYTHING OVER THE COUNTER ON YOUR PETS. ONLY BUY NAME BRAND ITEMS FROM YOUR VET OR A REPUTABLE PLACE. BETTER YET BUY ONLY NATURAL PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN NO CHEMICALS OR POISONS. A GREAT PLACE IS: ONLY NATURAL PET PRODUCTS. YOU CAN PURCHASE ITEMS ON LINE OR OVER THE PHONE. IF I CAN SAVE ONE PERSON THE HEARTACHE I WENT THROUGH. I’VE SPENT $1000.00, LOST TIME AT WORK, MANY HOURS OF LOST SLEEP AND A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PET BY BEING STUPID. IT’S A HARD LEASSON BUT ONE I’LL NEVER MAKE AGAIN. IF IT’S NOT A NATURAL PET PRODUCT I DON’T BUY IT. IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE & ASK BEFORE YOU USE SOMETHING. WHEN I SPOKE TO SOMEONE AT HARTZ, WHEN THIS ALL BEGAN, I WAS ASSURED THAT MY MONEY WOULD BE REIMBURSED BUT THAT’S A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW WHEN YOUR PET IS DEAD.
PATRICIA BERTAGNOLLI
DAPHNE, ALABAMA

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