Something more needs to be done to take these horrible products off of the market. The problem is that there is no one controlling these companies or dictating what does and/or does not go into these products. Unfortunately, the average consumer believes that a flea preventative is a flea preventative is a flea preventative. Please do your research before applying any item to your pet at all!
My mother in law, who owns two 13 week old kittens, noticed that they were both starting to show signs of fleas; ie: scratching, flea dirt, etc, but were not crawling with any noticable fleas. She went to the pet store and purchased Hartz brand flea and tick shampoo for dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies. The back of the bottle stated that the product was safe for animals over the age of 12 weeks. She shampood both of the kittens, following the directions completely. When she woke the next morning, she noticed that one of the kittens, the smaller of the two, was listless and lethargic and panting heavily. Thinking that it was an adverse reaction to the fleas themselves, she tried to rinse the remaining flea dirt off of the kitten right away. The kitten passed as she was scrubbing the kitten in the tub. Come to whatever diagnosis that you will, but we all know that it was from the ingredients in the product itself.
Please share this and all stories with anyone you know considering using any of the Hartz/Seargents flea products. Advantage, Advantix (dogs only!), and Frontline are all products that not only work better and more consistantly, but also have no website dedicated to adverse reactions from their products. Please Please spread the word about this shame of a company!