Around two years ago while I was out of town, my wife was concerned that our lab Jade had fleas. Thus, she purchased flea and tick medicine at a common retail store and applied it to Jade. Shortly after applying this, Jade became very ill (vomiting, drooling, shaking, etc.) and my wife made a middle of the night emergency visit to the vet, which was a large monetary expense. Fortunately Jade recovered fine – she is so important to us 🙂
My wife was convinced that Jade’s sickness was brought about by applying the flea and tick medicine, and she has refused to allow Jade to be treated with flea and tick medicine since this episode. During the last couple years, others in our family have wanted to treat Jade with flea and tick medicine, but we have resisted and not allowed it. At times this decision has been a heated source of debate, so we felt validated when I recently heard on the news that animals were getting sick from flea and tick medicines.
Today Jade went to a new vet to get shots and this vet recommended that we treat her with flea and tick medicine. After we explained our experience of Jade getting sick from applying flea and tick medicine, the vet responded that there are safe flea and tick medicines sold by vets (e.g. Frontline), but there are ones sold at common retailers at a bargain price (i.e. Hartz) , and it is these cheaper lower grade products that are responsible for making animals sick. The vet was adamant that we could trust the Frontline product while also insisting that we stay away from the Hartz product.
The vets advice did sound reasonable to me for two reasons
- Long ago we had often purchased flea and tick medicine from the vet and applied it to Jade without any subsequent problems
- I remembered seeing unused viles of flea and tick medicine from the product purchase that made Jade sick, and they looked different than the ones I had used in the past
Tonight I found the remaining unused viles of the flea and tick medicine that made Jade sick, and they are labeled Sergeant’s Flea & Tick Medicine. We nearly lost our dog from this product, so please consider this if you are considering applying flea and tick medicine to your pet.