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What is Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning?

The medication contains ingredients that can be harmful to cats, such as pyrethrins, pyrethroids and permethrins. Cats are more sensitive to these ingredients than dogs, but the poisoning is harmful to both types of pets.

The effects range from mild to severe, depending on the amount of exposure and condition of your cat. Flea and tick medicine poisoning can be fatal if it is not treated by a veterinarian.

Flea and tick medicine poisoning occurs when your cat has a negative reaction to the medication. The chemicals from the medication disrupt the nervous system and can lead to serious health problems. It is usually found in topical medication that is applied to the neck and back. The chemicals may also be found in medicated power and collars. 

Symptoms of Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning in Cats

You may notice the symptoms of flea and tick medicine poisoning within the first six hours of exposure. Take your cat to the veterinarian if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Unrest
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Incoordination
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia
  • Dyspnea (labored breathing)
  • Seizures

Causes of Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning in Cats

There are several causes of flea and tick medicine poisoning in cats. The causes of this condition are as follow:

  • Sensitivity to the medicine
  • Medicine clinging to hair coats
  • Unusually low body temperature
  • Overdosing of medication
  • Ingestion of topical medication
  • Medication not being used as directed
  • Close contact to another pet being treated with medication

Diagnosis of Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning in Cats

The best thing you can do for your cat in the case of poisoning is take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Your veterinarian will start by asking questions about their medical history and the symptoms they are displaying at home. You can also expect your veterinarian to ask about their exposure to the chemicals. It is important to answer these questions to the best of your knowledge. This will help your veterinarian determine the severity of the situation.

The next step is to give your cat a physical exam to check their current health and rule out other conditions. Expect your veterinarian to order blood work as part of the physical exam. Your veterinarian will use your answers, the cat’s symptoms, and the test results to make an accurate diagnosis.

It is vital to take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as you notice the symptoms of flea and tick medicine poisoning. Early detection and treatment can lead to a full recovery for your four-legged friend. 

Treatment of Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning in Cats

Your veterinarian will treat the flea and tick medicine poisoning as soon as possible. There is a good chance your cat will need to be hospitalized during the treatment. This is done so your veterinarian can keep an eye on their symptoms and overall health. The good news is your cat may be released from the hospital in just two to three days.

Activated Charcoal

Your veterinarian will give your cat an activated charcoal to help them eliminate ingested chemicals from their body. The activated charcoal removes the chemicals before the condition becomes worse.

Bath With Detergent

Your cat may have been exposed to the chemicals when the medication was applied to their skin. In this case, your veterinarian will bathe your cat using a mild liquid dish soap.

Prescription Medication

Medication may be prescribed to keep the seizures and muscle tremors at bay. Your cat may also need to receive intravenous fluids during their hospital stay.

Constant Monitoring

The medical staff will monitor your cat for several days to ensure they are recovering from the poisoning. This includes monitoring their blood glucose, body temperature, and kidney function. Your cat may need to remain hospitalized until their symptoms fade and their body is functioning normally.

Recovery of Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning in Cats

Your cat will be released from the hospital once they have recovered from the flea and tick medicine poisoning. However, the road to recovery does not end when your cat is released from the hospital. It is important to schedule a follow-up appointment so your veterinarian can make sure your cat has recovered from the poisoning and treatment.

You can prevent flea and tick medicine poisoning from happening again by using the medication as directed. You should never use medication on your cat that is designed for another animal. It is important to contact your veterinarian before using flea and tick medicine on your cat. 

Taking your cat to the veterinarian as soon as you notice the symptoms can lead to a full recovery. Unfortunately, neurological complications or leaving this condition untreated can be fatal for your cat.

Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sativa
Tortoise
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sorry symptoms are above

Medication Used

Advantage II

I have tried just about every flea product on my pet. My one cat as soon as i apply 1 drop of even the kitten flea meds, almost instantaneously she drools and becomes very uncoordinated? I bath her with dawn dish soap and shes fine. Flea collars dont work well, and cause scabs. What can i do for her to stop the fleas on her? Because everyone else is treated. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sativa is having adverse reactions to topical spot-on treatments then I would recommend using a natural pyrethrum plant extract from Chrysanthemum which you spray onto the coat every few days; other than that I am unable to think of anything else to recommend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mo
domestic short hair
13 Months
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargic

I just put the Hartz Ultra Guard Pro treatment on my cat. I used it as it said but his fur is so thick that it didn’t all stay on the back of his neck where I put it. Well he started to lick the spot with the treatment that had fallen down. I did wash off that extra bit so he couldn’t lick it any more. He didn’t ingest a lot of it but he has been acting lethargic, he has had a little water but hasn’t really eaten much. He also had a really runny poop earlier that was super stinky! I was just wondering if since I just applied it this afternoon around 12:30 if I should wait a few days and see if it flushes out of his system before I bring him in.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1214 Recommendations
Keep a close eye on Mo, it was good that you cleaned the excess off so he couldn’t get all of it; but the amount consumed by mouth would cause lethargy. Keep an eye on him, but if you start seeing symptoms of twitching, tremors or seizures visit your Veterinarian immediately; also make sure that he is hydrated and is eating normally. In most cases it is just waiting for it to leave the system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Turbo
Maine Coon
less than 2 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I recently took in 2 cats that came with fleas. Yay! Not. So i treated both cats. The female with a flea collar and the extremely friendly male with hartz flea and tick. The topical spot on treatment. They have had the hartz flea spray on them before i got them. Never once had a reaction. So after treating them the male disappeared all day and hid. I was convinced he had gotten outside or something. Well he seems more lethargic for sure and i noticed him sneeze a few times. No discharge but a few sneezes. What should i do for hin

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1214 Recommendations
The spot on treatment will have been absorbed into his system now, so washing it off will not help; if lethargy is the only symptom, keep an eye on him and wait for it to leave his system. If he starts presenting with tremors, seizures or other symptoms visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Plankton
domestic short hair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Balding

Medication Used

Revelution

My cat has been losing hair on his legs and belly. I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago and the vet thinks he may have had allergic reaction to advantage. So he recommended revolution, which I bought there. I put it on my cat the next day, and now he has a bald spot where I administered it. Is it possible for cats to be allergic to all flea medicine? Btw he has not one flea on him and has been flea free for as long as I can remember

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1214 Recommendations

It is possible for a cat to be allergic to more than one flea treatment product. Other products like Frontline are usually tolerated better than Advantage or Revolution although may be less effective. If the problem persists, you may need to turn to an alternative medicine product which is derived from plants which you would need to apply more often; please do not consider putting essential oils on Plankton. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 2 cats have been acting strange since switching to Frontline. They are both acting paranoid, twitching, running like something is chasing them and hiding a lot. Not normal at all. The symptoms of Hyperesthesia look very much like their symptoms. Is this a rare side effect of Frontline poisoning?

My cat is indoor/outdoor and I think she might have this type of poisoning however I wasn't able to get her before she took off and typically she stays around the house and comes when I call her. But since she hasn't my question is, what happens if it goes untreated? is it something she could recover from? I assume it would take a longer period of time if so.

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LOWKII
Domestic Short haired
1 year less a month
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have given my Cat "Lowkii" Hartz Ultra Guard One Spot Drops. once a month flea treatment. Keeping in mind that I have lost a cat to the same type of meds, (I certainly never meant for it to happen), Have to ask though, How long before I should see any adverse effects if it is going to take place at all. I am aiming for it not to happen, and because my other previously died, I want to be pro active in seeing that he gets medical attention as spoon as I can to ensure that he will be okay. I can't go through that again. especially seeing it and feeling helpless the last time. It was a traumatic event that will forever be with me. I feel so guilty and so much pain and sadness for that you can;t even imagine. So again, how long should it take if it will show up at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1214 Recommendations
Symptoms usually present themselves within a few hours (less than ten); normally lethargy and loss of appetite are the most common symptoms but others may include vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, seizures among other symptoms especially if Lowkii was able to lick the application site area. Making sure that you apply the correct dose in the right area can help a lot to prevent problems, use as directed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jinxsi
Tabby
14 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cold. dialated. stiff.

After swapping from Advocate (Bayer) to Frontline + (Merial) my diabetic cat wakes 3 mornings in a row with a jump/shock, runs to hide, stares/not responding. Could he have toxicity? He eats/seems fine later on.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1214 Recommendations

Uncoordinated movements may occur in cases of toxicity but they wouldn’t be isolated events in the morning, but throughout the day. There may be something else that is startling him causing a fight or flight response. If this continues, visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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