On Friday the 13th (of all days) at 5:30pm, I applied Sergeant’s Gold Flea and Tick Squeeze on for dogs 9-20 pounds to my two 13 and 14 pound Dachshunds. About four hours later I began to notice that both dogs seemed somewhat disoriented and were acting strangely. The younger dog, Sarah was continuously salivating and drooling, and dachshunds just don’t drool. I immediately knew that something was wrong. My husband gave the two dogs a bath with diswashing detergeant and I called the manufacturer. I was told that she just had a “bad taste in her mouth” and to “give her plenty of food and water.” As a nursing student and having patient care experience….I thought that response was strange.
I searched the box for a list or a pamphlet of adverse reactions…………and there is none. Infact, the only warnings on the box and a chance of sensitivity, not to give to cats, and it may harm humans and domestic animals.
A few hours later, the older dog, Saydi began to show high signs of anxiety, excitability and tremors. I immediately called the emergancy vet to find out if I should take her in. Researching the company and the pesticides really scared me. The vet told me NOT TO USE THIS BRAND. That is is known for killing animals on FREQUENT occassions, and that my pets were possibly poisoned. She advised me to give them buttered bread and to carefully watch the dogs for seizures or drunkeness, and to bring them in immediately if those signs are observed.
Going to the company for answers does not help…at all. I got a response accusing me of not using the dosage properly or applying to sick animals causing the “alleged adverse reactions.” My animals are not sick, and I used to product as directed. And their defense is saying that it approved by the EPA.
I am urging everyone to spread the word about this harmful product, and to BOYCOTT any kind of product that Hartz puts out under any name. Changing the name doesn’t make the product any less harmful.
Lets leave the control of the pet population to Bob Barker.