Archive for December 2008
So now that I have my new dog, it is of course my desire that the dog not get fleas. Accordingly, I went to the pet store to purchase an off the shelf flea prevention product. The product was Sentry Pro XFC, made by Sergeant.
The solution packaging itself is tubular, with a very narrow neck at the top where it is to be cut to dispense the product. I did this, and started to apply the product. It didn’t seem to be coming out very well, and my dog doesn’t like to stand still for this sort of thing, so I decided to just cut the packaging at the thicker tube portion. Now, granted, this is not the recommended practice for applying the product, but I’ve never been much of one for following directions exactly. So, when I went to apply the rest of the product, it of course came rushing out and got all over his fur. I didn’t really think anything about it, and went on with the rest of my day. My girlfriend walks the dog in morning.
When she got home from work that evening, she was complaining of a tingley nose and tongue. I didn’t think much of it at first, but an hour or so a later I started to get the same sensation. We also noticed the dog was drinking much more than he normally does and was drooling like crazy. It didn’t take me long to make the connection – the flea product was responsible for all of this. The first thing I did was try to google “sargeant flea” – I spelled “sergeant” wrong. There were still many results, most of which were telling stories of dead or sick pets. This was obviously a bit disconcerting. Once we got the spelling right, we called the manufacturer to see what they had to say. It quickly became obvious that this problem was not uncommon.
We ended up having to first wash the dog with dish detergent, then a second time with his dog shampoo. We also had to poor tuna water in his water bowl. For my girlfriend and I, we pretty much had to wait it out. It wasn’t an extreme sensation, so not a huge deal. All in all, it wasn’t a very pleasant evening, but at least we all made it through with only minor injuries.
So, the moral of the story is, don’t use off the shelf flea products. Get them form your vet.
OK, so maybe he’s not so little…
His name is Emmitt. He is a 2 year old Mastiff/Rottweiler (we think) mix my wonderful girlfriend and I adopted from the Humane Association of Warren County this past weekend. He’s a big baby. He probably weighs about 80 lbs, but he is pretty calm and loving.
This is a whole new level of responsibilty for me. I’ll be spending my time in the immediate future adjusting to owning and taking care of another living thing (that isn’t a plant). We’re hoping we can provide a good home for him, as busy as we both are.