Target 8 - Owner Suspects Flea Medicine Killed Cat
Johnmeyer provides childcare in her home, and provides healthcare for her pets.
"We have two dogs," Johnmeyer said. "They come in and out and we noticed some ticks in their beds, and Smokey could not clean his backside, so we were afraid he'd get ticks down there, or fleas."
Johnmeyer chose Bio Spot One Step for Cats, an over-the-counter treatment for cats that weigh at least 5 pounds. The product label says it kills fleas and ticks for up to one month, and flea eggs and larvae for 3 months. Johnmeyer says it killed Smokey in 7 days.
Veterinarians said that's not the first report.
"There have been some reported excitations, seizures in cats, which are particularly sensitive to insecticides," Dr. Tim Evans said.
"As soon as I mentioned I had used a pesticide, the Bio Spot, on Smokey, they knew," Johnmeyer said.
Johnmeyer complained to Farnam Pet Products, the makers of Bio Spot. They repaid her $859 for the product, medical bills and adoption fees for another pet.
"They were very nice. They were very polite, but they were like, 'Oh, okay, let me transfer you to the people you need to talk to,'" Johnmeyer said, "like you were buying a car, like this happens all the time."
Farnam said it researches each complaint, and customer service is the company's top priority. Farnam has not discontinued the product. The company recommends carefully reading directions on any pet product.