I was in a rush to keep fleas off my new cat Bastet, although the problem wasn’t too bad and I’m low on cash. I found a Zodiac flea collar on Ebay for less than ten dollars, and from my Googling, it looked like it would do the trick without any huge problems.
Bastet wound up licking it for several minutes until my roommate noticed and brought me into the room to see that she was drooling. I admit that it was partially my fault in not clipping the extra collar length off right away, but I didn’t realize it was so urgent. We clipped it right away, but for a while after, Bastet was not only drooling, but was very unsteady on her feet and acting… drunk, for lack of a better word. Her behavior was odd and she was still drooling much later. I started to panic, thinking of horror stories like those from Hartz, and looked up a vet hotline. My sleep schedule is the opposite of most of the world’s, though, so my vet wasn’t open and I couldn’t afford the hotline bills that cost more than a vet visit. I took off the collar and washed the area with soapy water and she seems to have calmed down… I’d like some advice and to warn people about this. The warnings on the back of the box didn’t mention any side effects, and only gave poison treatment options for if someone swallowed it or got it in their eye.
I looked up the active ingredient (propoxur) and found this horrifying list of possible side effects:
So yeah, I’m still kind of scared. I haven’t induced vomiting or anything, but I did encourage Bastet to drink water, and she ate something on her own without throwing it up.
Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences?
I don’t have a personal story, but I just wanted to say that I am an RVT and have worked in a clinic for 9 years, I have seen neurological, skin and behavior reactions to these cheap flea products, some have resulted in death and some in permanent damage. There have been too many to count, it’s a tragedy that these products are on the market and so easy to buy. Something must be done. This page is a great start.
My mom, the idiot that she is, put Zodiac on our 9 yr old Balinese without doing any research on the POS product and my dear sweet Boo Boo died 2 days later. He went from being completely healthy to being extremely weak and didn’t eat for 2 days. He died in my arms. I loved him so much. We contacted Hartz and they paid a portion of the vet bill and said he had an adverse reaction. Adverse reaction my arse. That complany needs to go down in flames.
DO NOT USE ZODIAC FLEA PRODUCTS!!!
Please join me in taking our campaign against Hartz, Sergeant’s, Wellmark, and Farnam to a new level. They have been profiting from the killing of our cats and dogs for too many years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to be regulating these products, continues to sit quietly by as these companies wreak havoc on people and their beloved companions. Every day that goes by, more innocent animals are poisoned by unsuspecting pet owners looking for an inexpensive flea and tick treatment.
A crucial component of our campaign will be collecting cold, hard facts. I am in the process of submitting a request for information from the EPA (via the Freedom of Information Act), and I will make that information available to everyone here when I receive it.
The following companies are bottling poison. A few of the brands they’re associated with are in parenthesis. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
- Hartz Mountain Corporation (Hartz, Hartz Advanced Care, UltraGuard Plus, UltraGuard Pro)
- Sergeant’s Pet Products – (Sergeant’s Flea & Tick, Sentry Flea & Tick)
- Farnam – (Adam’s Flea & Tick, Bio Spot, Scratchex Flea & Tick Products, Sulfodene, Flys-Off,
- Wellmark International (Zodiac, Vet Kem)
Here are my ideas for how we can create awareness on a massive scale:
- Every pet owner whose pet has suffered any kind of adverse effect, please file an official report with the agencies who are SUPPOSED to be regulating these products. Insist that the treating vet also file reports. This is absolutely essential!
- Tell your vet to post information warning against these toxic products in the waiting room. We all know that vets don’t recommend these brands, but we have to get them to be proactive!
- Tell all of your friends and family members about the dangers of these products.
- Visit your local Humane Society, SPCA, and other shelters and tell them what you know. Advise them to reject donations of any of the above-named brands. Ask them to post information warning against these toxic products in plain view of people who are there to adopt an animal. Ask them to be proactive in warning adopters against using these products.
- Print out the anti-Hartz mini-flyers and give one to every pet owner you meet on the street. Roll them up and stick them into packages of Hartz’s poison on shelves at your local grocery stores, drug stores, pet store chains, and big-box stores. (I will be making new flyers which warn against ALL of the poisonous brands soon — stay tuned.)
- Post negative reviews of these toxic products on the websites that sell them, including PetSmart.com, Petco.com, and TerrificPets.com. Post negative reviews on review sites, like epinions.com.
- Join pet-related discussion groups and spread the word!
- Boycott ALL products manufactured by the above-named companies, and urge your family and friends to do likewise. Don’t give them a single cent.
- If possible, boycott ALL stores (including online stores!) that sell these products (especially the big pet store chains, like PetSmart and Petco).
- Contact your local news station and tell them your story! They may want to tell your story on the small screen — and that will reach thousands of people.
- Remember that every single person you tell becomes a source of information for other people!
Please, everyone, let’s put our collective outrage into action!