My sweet Chili needs prayers: Sergeants Silver Toxicity

DO NOT USE SERGEANTS SILVER OR GOLD FLEA DROPS FOR CATS OR DOGS! That is, not unless you want to leave it to chance whether your furbaby will survive or not…I put Sergeants Silver on all of my cats and NONE of them showed any signs of trouble, except my sweet and quite petite (tho she does weigh at least the recommended weight of 5 lbs.) precious kitty girl Chili. I put the top spot drops on her and approximately 3 hours later, she began violently vomiting. I realized it was the flea treatment, as I am a vet tech and was very aware of the trouble people had with the Sergeants Silver and Gold. Like I said, I had no problems with any of my other cats and had used it once before on all of them, except Chili. She was nursing at the time, and I definitely knew I wasn’t putting it on her then. Anyway, not having any reason from experience to not use it on her now that the nursing was done, I did put it on her today and not only did she begin the projectile vomiting, but even after I washed it off of her with Dawn, she began having violent tremors and horrible muscle spasms. Since then, I have administered Robaxin which the vet I work for gave me to calm her tremors and help her rest. I also noticed that her symptoms, before dosing of Robaxin, also included being “off balance” easily frightened and she is not that way normally. As well, she was unable to get comfortable no matter what I did for her. Her heart was racing and her breathing was very fast and irregular. Now, after the dosing, she is able to stop trembling as violently, and she has been eating and drinking and not vomiting anymore. However, she IS still shaking. Her heart rate and breathing are slowly returning to normal. I have her isolated and quiet, have provided her with a heating blanket, and fresh food and water. I think she may pull through, and so does the vet at this point. I am very lucky if she does and I need prayers for her please. Obviously, this is very disturbing to me and I know that many folks have lost pets from this product. Not to mention a very traumatic experience for my sweet Chili.. I will no longer continue to use this product and think that it should be recalled and or banned! If folks would be willing to sign, I would love to start a new petition on change.org to call for Hartz to pull this product and any others that may possibly have the same effects on animals. Seemingly, there is no possible way to tell what cat or dog will have an adverse reaction to this, so WHY is it still available???

 

10 thoughts on “My sweet Chili needs prayers: Sergeants Silver Toxicity”

  1. I’d like to know, you’re a vet tech, well educated on what the flea drops you put on your cat has done to other peoples animals, but still used them on your animals? You’re lucky all your cats didn’t die. I bet your you still use it on your cats don’t you? You get no sympathy here. I can see if you didn’t know, but you did and you chose to play Russian Roulette with your pets life, and she lost.

  2. I’d like to know, you’re a vet tech, well educated on what the flea drops you put on your cat has done to other peoples animals, but still used them on your animals? You’re lucky all your cats didn’t die. I bet your you still use it on your cats don’t you? You get no sympathy here. I can see if you didn’t know, but you did and you chose to play Russian Roulette with your pets life, and she lost. Oh, I wanted to know why?

  3. Angie I didnt post this for sympathy and CERTAINLY DONT WANT YOURS!!! If youd READ CAREFULLY the post says I had no problems with it before, AND NOT AS IF ITS ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS BUT NO I DO NOT USE IT AT ALL ANYMORE! Even on the cats it didnt affect!!! Not as if you give a damn about animals bc clearly by the content of your post ALL YOU WANNA DO IS BE CRITICAL AND RUDE, but Chili is fully recovered! I have seen MULTIPLE POSTS on here where other people said 4 outta 5 of their cats got sick and they used it before and will now stop. Did you troll their comments too so you could play superior to them and cause drama? People like you are SUCH a problem on these info sites and interfere with the intended purpose! Take your criticism somewhere else! SMH

  4. And furthermore, Angie, my post was meant to help inform people that even though it may work for some of their animals and may have in the past but it is not worth it to continue to use it at this point..but of course you wouldn’t know anything about actually trying to help people

  5. Many vets don’t recommend over-the-counter flea products because they’ve seen so many reactions. A local vet here even shared a case on Facebook. Surprised you haven’t witnessed this. Hope the clinic isn’t selling the stuff and your cat recovers. I think for every pet story posted on this site there are many more that don’t know about this. This is also an issue with Convenia but many don’t make the connection because reactions can be delayed or look like something else (see Catinfo . org).

  6. Thank you for sharing your story. It may have saved our cat’s life. My wife put some of the same stuff on our cat. She is an old, outdoor cat that weighs five pounds wet. She came in shaking after a cold night, and also after an Hartz application. We did not know that Hartz could have such violent side effects and initially thought it was a fever or pneumonia or some such, or that she was simply “at that time”, as she is quite up there. Right now she is at the vet and we will try to save her life.

  7. What is in this stuff? I’ve come up with different answers in searching. Is it pyrethrin, or etofenprox or what? And what exactly else is in there with it?

    Pyrethrin definitely SHOULD NOT be used on animals! Directions on some outdoor-only pesticides containing it say to keep away and especially keep children and pets away from treated areas for 6 or more hours!! How is the same stuff on the shelf as a treatment to be applied directly!!??

    Etofenprox, on the other hand, seems like it’s a relatively safe treatment from what I’ve found so far. (When it comes to buying poison, I tend to look up a lot of stuff on labels before choosing one.) Etofenprox is the active ingredient in the Sargents SILVER squeeze-on drops that I have (for kittens and cats, 5 pounds +) …

    BUT… I have done more and more searching and reading on the subject, and found that some of the “inert” or “inactive” ingredients in insecticides are more damaging, more toxic, more life threatening to mammals than the active ingredients designed to kill insects!! For example, one thing I found is this:

    Hydrotreated heavy naptha (white spirits) is also used as an inert solvent in pyrethrin products. (See footnote 7 for some examples.) The Chemical Abstract Services number for this solvent is 64742-48-9. It is damaging to kidneys and the nervous system. In a
    recent laboratory study, the offspring of animals exposed to white spirits developed “long-lasting and possibly irreversible changes” in brain cells. This damage to the brain was caused by an inability to maintain normal calcium concentrations.

    Source:
    http://www.pesticide.org/get-the-facts/pesticide-factsheets/factsheets/pyrethrinspyrethrum

    I will NOT be using the other two tubes of this etofenprox mixture, not knowing what constitutes the “inert” portion! If little kitty Bean gets itchy again, she’s simply going to have to cope with going to the vet just for that. Moreso, the vet will have to cope with me being a pain in the ass, wanting to know about chemical names and MSDS sheets, for active and “inert” ingredients.

  8. And PERMETHRIN, a synthetic (as opposed to pyrethrin which is organic) should absolutely never be used on, near, around, among or between cats! Cats are *extremely* susceptible to its toxicity, and can be harmed by very tiny amounts.

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