Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
Re: fle meds?????
Your vet's nurse is correct. Most of the brands of flea products available through retail stores - except for Advantage and Frontline - contain highly toxic chemicals that have been implicated in the serious illnesses and/or deaths of numerous cats and dogs. These are very dangerous products, and vets all over the country treat toxicity problems occurring from the use of these products.
The difference is in the chemicals and the way they act in the animals' bodies. Brands available through stores like Walmart (Hartz, Sargeant's, etc.) are systemic poisons absorbed into your pet's bloodstream where they can have devastating effects. Advantage and Frontline, which used to be available only through vets but are now available in some retail stores and online, are NOT absorbed systemically. They distribute through the animal's skin layer only and are both extremely safe and effective. Your vet has other safe and effective flea treatments, as well, that are available only through your vet or with a veterinary prescription.
The bottom line is that you should avoid all flea products (spot-on, spray, powder, collar, shampoo, etc.) available through retail stores with the exceptions of Frontline and Advantage.