Northeastern cat owners warned of deadly flea treatment mix
A pet care company has recalled a flea treatment after a packaging error that could kill cats and kittens.
The error means cats, including those in the Northeast, could be killed after taking a treatment intended for dogs.
Now, veterinarians have been warned to be on alert and a recall notice has been issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Drugs.
A spokesperson for the branch warned of the tragic consequences for cat owners of lethal doses of a chemical called permathrin.
He said: “An unknown quantity of Armitage Pet Care flea and tick drops for dogs containing permethrin has been distributed in packages labeled Armitage Flea Drops for cats and kittens.
“Exposure to even small amounts of concentrated permethrin can cause severe and fatal poisoning in cats.
“If you have any of the products, don’t use it on your cat.
“Return the product to the place of purchase or contact the company.”
Both products, one for cats and one for dogs, are included in the recall.
The products are marketed by Armitage Pet Care but manufactured by Bio-Tech Solutions and are on sale in pet stores in the North East.
A statement on Armitage’s website said the company was concerned about the welfare of pets caused by the packaging error.
He said: “The Directorate of Veterinary Medicines (VMD) has posted information on www.gov.uk regarding a recall for Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs and Armitage Flea Drops. for cats and kittens, manufactured by Bio-Tech Solutions. Limit.
“At the end of October, we learned that a packet of Armitage Pet Care flea drops for cats and kittens contained the wrong product.
“The Desjardins Securities Company was immediately notified of this packaging error and we followed the product recall and communications instructions to ensure that our customers were informed and received information to help them educate their customers.
“A full recall has been issued as a precaution due to the seriousness of the packaging error and all inventory in our warehouses has undergone a full quality inspection.
“No other packaging errors were found with our stock or with products returned by customers.
“As a caring pet business, we care deeply about the health of our customers’ pets and take this responsibility very seriously.
A spokesperson for Bio-Tech Solutions confirmed they made the product, but referred inquiries to Armitage.