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Old 28-09-2010, 02:23 PM
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Exclamation Bob Martin Flea Treatment

Hi, I'm a newbie here, just wondered if anyone else has had a terrible experience with Bob Martin Spot On treatment for cats??

We treated our cat on Thursday (usually always use Frontline) but had spotted a flea on our dog and didn't want to wait till morning (stupid mistake) so drove to Tesco and of course all they had was Bob Martin.

I feel so bad because I never read or did any research into this product until after I had used it and Harvey had an awful reaction to it. He couldn't lift his head, couldn't walk, couldn't focus...it was really heartbreaking to watch. My daughter was inconsolable as was I and my fiance and I didn't think he'd make it. We washed it off him immediately and called the vet who instanty said "you've used Bob Martin on him haven't you?" and told us to keep a very close eye on him. He's since been checked out and has recovered, although I've now heard of many other owners who weren't so lucky.

I'll never ever use anything BM related again and am still heartbroken at the fact I used something on him that caused him so much distress.
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Old 28-09-2010, 02:32 PM
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Re: Bob Martin Flea Treatment

Did the vet report the problem? Did you use the cat one or did you accidentally get the dog one?

Some cats seem to be more prone to side effects re flea treatment than others, so it might not necessarily have been been the BM. It could generally be a reaction to the main toxin, so perhaps check what is was and don't get products containing that one again (if it is one that is used by BM and others). BM is more known for not working. At least i haven't seen any confirmed reports of any deaths or other serious side effects from BM for a number of years now, or not more than you read about other products too.

We had a BM rep here not long ago. What he says is towards the middle of this thread: fleas

Sorry edited the post as i read your original post again and you say that you normally use frontline. Sorry.

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Old 28-09-2010, 03:59 PM
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Re: Bob Martin Flea Treatment

Hi, I've contacted Bob Martin directly and I've filled in a questionaire, they will contact the vet if they need more information. I read what the BM rep posted, we definately used cat spot on he was sitting right beside me the whole time so I know that he didn't lick himself and he is a big main coon cat (top end of weight scale) so definately wasn't overdosed. I really hope that no one else has to go through the worry we did. Slighty off topic we have tried the Flea Tablets for dogs that he talks about and they didn't work anyway. I'll be staying away, really not worth the risk.
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Old 28-09-2010, 04:03 PM
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Re: Bob Martin Flea Treatment

Good that you have reported it! And no, not worth the risk. Do you still have the packet? Does it say what the main ingredient(s) (toxin) is/are?
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Re: Bob Martin Flea Treatment

it should say on bm website what the active ingredient is, if not you can always check when in store.
Avoid any product that has this ingredient in ANY concentration, make sure all other ingredients are not substituents (made from) the active ingredient. if in doubt as your vet to verify/clarify which products are safe for any reactant animal to use.

One of my cats is allergic to frontline combi, so it's not JUST BM products that are 'bad'. Incidentally, she reacts well to BM flea tablets.

As BM rep and Hobbs said, any animal can have an allergic reaction to anything (cats and plastic food/water bowls for instance) just like any of us can have a sudden horrible reaction to a shampoo, for example, we've used for years or one we've just started using.

It is very worth letting any manufacturer know that your animal (or you) have had a reaction to their product(s) (let them know which one and batch number if you can, you're vets or docs details also handy so they can get more info if need be. your vet/doc will phone you up and ask your permission to pass on relevant details.) as they can then investigate particular batches or products for problems if lots of reports come in for the same thing. it can also increase their knowledge for future products and increase testing efficacy and mean new and/or better tests before the product is released for the general public.
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