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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-04-2004, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Cat with Hartz Fea overdose & still has fleas.

Took my cat to the vet last Saturday because we accidently overdosed her
with flea Hartz flea repelaint for 10 lb cats. She is a 6lb cat. She is
recovering but she still has fleas. I noticed that when I washed the
flea repelaint off that she still has a lot of fleas. She is a long hair cat and she is still digging herself. So what should I do to her to get rid of fleas and how long should I wait. I found that she will allow me to wash her so that is not a problem.
Oh yes, I have also noticed that she has stopped drinking water
since this ordeal. At this time she is still taking vet medican and
is still not walking very good but she is improving since last Saturday.

A friend told me that using head and shoulders shampoo will get
rid of the fleas. Is that true and should I use it?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 01:31 AM
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I would consult your vet before putting anything else on her. I have heard that water alone will make fleas jump off (I don't know whether it is true or not). Have you tried a flea comb? I'm not sure how good that would work, but it could be worth a try.

Hopefully someone might have better advice.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 02:16 AM
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Get advantage or frontline which are vet approved. They actually work and won't harm your cat like Hartz and other OTC flea medications.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 06:59 AM
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you need to leave a few weeks before using it.
seek vet advice.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 05:50 PM
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You need to ask your vet what to use, but I am pretty sure your vet will recommend Advantage or Frontline.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 08:30 PM
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The Hartz Flea medication is very harmfull to your cat! It isnt because you put 10 pound medication on a 6 lb cat, this medication is deadly to cats, and should not be used.

I would recomend frontline plus, however I am suprised your vet did not give you some flea medication while you were there. You can buy frontline over the counter from your vets office.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2004, 12:49 AM
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Fleas are tough!! Head and Shoulders does not work. Water alone does not work. The spot-on veterinary flea products (advantage and frontline) are best. However, they can be hard on the liver and if your cat has just survived a toxicity then the vet may wish to give her some recovery time.

You need to treat the house, and if she goes outside, the yard. Fleas mostly live *off* the animal and there will be zillions of eggs in the carpet. Until you address this problem, she will become reinfested. Talk to your vet or an exterminator about the best methods for this. Personally, I recommend having a professional exterminator, because flea bombs are expensive and need multiple applications, and an exterminator costs you one time and guarantees the work for a year.

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