Flea collar danger

Last July, I bought a flea collar for our cat. It seemed like a benign purchase at the time.

Last July, I bought a flea collar for our cat. It seemed like a benign purchase at the time. Two decades ago, with a different cat, a collar had worked quite well.

Our family was not prepared for what came next. Within a few hours of wearing the collar, our pet began to drool and wobble on his legs. Although we took it off immediately, his condition worsened. He purred and otherwise seemed happy, yet he didn’t recognize his name, could barely stand or walk, and would not eat or drink anything.

Thanks to the support of Dr. Simon at Parksville Animal Hospital, our cat is still with us. All four members of our family worked day and night for weeks, not days, to hydrate and feed our feline with a syringe. Very gradually, he became his delightful self.

If you are a pet owner with a flea problem, I urge you to use veterinarian-recommended flea treatments and learn from our horrible mistake.

Holly Clermont

Parksville

Just Posted

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

Coombs athlete, 91, brings home five gold medals from 55+ BC Games

Buschhaus now has 217 career senior games medals

Parksville-area thieves target catalytic converters

RCMP: ‘We’re getting the same thing in terms of theft of gas’

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Most Read