I bought some flea and tick drops for my kittens today... luckily I did a little research before using the stuff on my kittens and decided to get something from the vet instead.
For those of you with pets, you might consider checking out the links below. Apparently this stuff (hartz, bio-spot, supermarket/pet store brands) tends to kill or injure animals of all kinds even if you follow the instructions on the labels.
People die from penincilin, viagra, and vaccinations.
There will always be a tiny portion of users that will have complications from something.
I wouldn't take my dog outdoors without Frontline or Advantage.
Frontline and Advantage are drops presribed and sold by veterinarians. These can be considered low risk if used properly. I am picking some up for my kittens tomorrow. They use different chemicals than the toxic, cheaper supermarket/pet store brands.
The toxic drops I noted originally ( Hartz, Advance, Bio-Spot ) are cheaper alternatives which use different chemicals from Frontline or Advantage, namely premethrin or variations of premethrin, which are known to be toxic to animals and particularly lethal to cats. The reactions from these products is far from a tiny portion of cases, and is significant enough that class action lawsuits have been filed and Hartz has agreed with the EPA to discontinue this particular product by next year.
Basically, my point is, if you want to save a few bucks by buying your dog these supermarket brands rather than advantage or frontline from your vet, you are putting your dog in real danger.
The point of my post was to hopefully save some people uneccessary grief and vet bills from poisoning their own pets with these mislabeled and toxic products.
I do not believe in giving my dogs pesticides which is what that stuff is. My dogs are now 11 and 8 and have never had fleas or heartworm. I prefer to use natural remedies if I am going into an area that has a higher chance for these pests.