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Dog flea medication unsafe for cats, Oregon family learns the hard way

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon city family is warning the public about the dangers of dog flea medication after an accidental application of the medicine on their cat ended up with an emergency trip to the vet.

The drug is called Pyrethrin, and it is a common ingredient found flea prevention medicine for dogs.

While veterinarians say it is perfectly safe for dogs, the drug can be deadly for cats.

Cat owners Rod and Dana Griffe said there are warning labels on the medications containing Pyrethrin, but the labels aren’t necessarily large.

The family said the label on their Sentry medicine was so small, they didn’t notice it when they put it on their cat Porkchop on Sunday night.

Porkchop later started having seizures and was rushed to Milner Veterinary Hospital were vets are still working to save him.

“I mean it’s horrible stuff,” said Rod Griffe. “I’ve never seen any animal hurt or go through so much.”

 Rod said the chances of Porkchop making it through are not good, with a less than four percent survival rate.

Local vets are encouraging pet owners to carefully read the ingredients in over-the-counter pet products. They urge that when it doubt, owners should consult their vets about the safety of the ingredients.  

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