Dangerous Flea Treatments
By Peter Eccles
Airedale Veterinary Group
Spring has come at last, which is great news, however spring is not without its problems. At Airedale Vets we have seen quite a few problems with fleas and ticks on dogs and cats.
Some people will be going through their cupboards at this time of year, looking for flea and tick products they have left over from last year: or was it the year before? It is very important that you check the Expiry Date for any medication.
Unfortunately we had a dog in this morning who was very poorly. He had been treated with a Bob Martin Flea Spot-On on Saturday evening and then started vomiting the next day. This morning he was still vomiting and was very ill. When the owner checked, she found the product was out of date.
This flea product contained permethrin, never put a flea product made for dogs on a cat. A recent study has shown that hundreds of cats are dying each year because their owners treat them with dog flea medication. Even putting permethrin on a dog can be dangerous to a cat if the dog and cat spend time together. We do not recommend any flea products containing permethrin for cats because even if you follow the instructions carefully, your cat can become seriously ill.
Read more on this Daily Mail article
Also if you have any Bob Martin Spot-On products containing Dimpylate, I would recommend you do not use it. Bob Martin has withdrawn one such product in 2012. More information is available at: More on this Daily Mail Article
Your vet can recommend newer, safer and more effective products. For example one such products control flea on you dog or cat, fleas in your house, ear mites, sarcoptic mange, biting lice, round worm, hookworm, lungworm, fox lung worm and whipworm as is simple to put on the back of the neck. This product is a Prescription Only Medicine (POM), because of this we can not advertise it but if you ring and ask your vet, we can tell you about it. Because it is a POM you will never see it advertised on the TV or anywhere else.
More information is on our web site: Airedale Veterinary Group. If you are using a smart phone or tablet you can get far more information if you go to the bottom of the first page and click on “View full site”.
36 Devonshire Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 2AU Tel: 01535 609040 www.keighleywilsdenvets.co.uk