Product Recall Urges Cat Owners to be Aware


As vets, it is our duty to keep you informed of any veterinary product recalls so you can ensure your pet remains happy and healthy, so we would like to make you aware of a recent product recall, which was issued by Veterinary Medicines Directorate earlier last week, that urges cat owners to check their pet’s flea treatments. 

Flea and tick drops containing permethrin – which is poisonous to cats – have been sold in boxes labelled for felines, and there are fears that the products could cause sudden death.

The product recall is on the following Armitage pet flea products:

  • Armitage Pet Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs 702 mg spot-on solution (VM20205/4003)
  • Armitage Flea Drops for Cats and Kittens

Exposure to even small quantities of concentrated permethrin can cause severe and fatal poisoning in cats.

The signs of poisoning start as soon as one to three hours after application, or may be delayed up to 36 hours.

Symptoms of poisoning include:

  • Drooling
  • Shaking
  • Wobbliness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Fitting
  • Collapse

Justyna Borkowska-Rozanska, veterinary surgeon at Medivet Reading, said: “If any of the above signs are noticed then owners need to call their vet immediately. Thoroughly washing the application off is very helpful but it should not delay transport for professional help – the sooner we start treatment, the better the outcome.”

At Medivet, we do not stock Armitage flea products, but if you have purchased any of the above products, do not use them on your cat and instead take them back to the merchant they were bought from. 

If you are at all worried or would like further information, please contact a Medivet practice near you – you can find your local Medivet using our online practice finder.

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