I'm writing this post to warn all you pet lovers of this horrific product. Sergeants Gold flea & tick medication. I bought some at Wal-Mart yesterday after church. I planned on treating Reeses( 8 pound Chihuahua) that afternoon. I didn't get around to it until that evening around 7pm. So everything was fine and dandy...he was acting normal and I was enjoying my book. Then about an hour later, I was blogging, and Reeses started acting real strange. He smelled real strong of cinnamon....I thought he had laid on one of the therapy wraps so I didn't pay much more attention to it. He started burping....strange, I never heard a dog burp before. Hiccups followed. Then he started running around all crazy, laying down, getting up 5 seconds later, running upstairs, running in circles on the bed....he couldn't get comfortable. He then started drooling, alot...I still didn't think that the medicine I treated him with could be causing this. Thats when he began to vomit violently. This went on for at least 30 minutes. After he got over that he started dragging his back legs when he walked and would stop and gnaw at them. John woke up and I explained all that had been going on. I was freaking out at this point. He immediately said to give him a tubby and rinse the flea medication off him.(why didn't I think of this?!!!) So I did. I washed him in oatmeal soap. He seemed to settle down about an hour later, although he was still scratching and was more restless then usual. At this point it was 10:30 pm.
John called me at 1:15 am. (he was at work) he had gone on-line to research the product. He said what he had been reading has scared him enough to wake me up. This has happened to other dogs and some have actually died from it. Reeses had the same symptoms as the other dogs. He said to give him another tubby and wash him with dish soap to get the oily film of the medication off his skin. Have you ever bathed a dog at 1 am....not fun. He didn't understand what was going on. I was soaking wet. We crawled back into bed around 2 am. Reeses tossed and turned and gnawed at his back legs. I called John....What should I do?! We decided that I would bath him again in a few hours and see how he is then. So at 4 am I woke up and he got yet another tubby. This one seemed to relax him more then the other, but he still just wasn't the same little dog that I'm use to. I finally decided to call our Vet...who happenes to be one of my best friends (her & hubby both are Vets and they are in our bible study group) She said I have done everything right so far....after 3 baths the POISON yes, POISON is most likely off his skin. Now, it's just supportive care. I need to give him 3 ml of Children's Benedryl, keep him warm and watch for seizures, fever and tremors. Oh my goodness....all this 'cause I was trying to prevent fleas and ticks from getting on his tiny body. So I took off work to watch him closely. He is my baby after all. I pray that he gets better soon.
He is finally resting at this moment. I'm exhausted!!! It was like having a newborn all over again.
I won't be using any more products like that on him. It's all natural now!!!! I'll make my own.
SO please heed my warning....DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!!