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Consumer Product Safety

Incident Report

Subform I: General Information

1. Report Type.

New incident report

Incident Report Number: 2013-7269

2. Registrant Information.

Registrant Reference Number: 130126658

Registrant Name (Full Legal Name no abbreviations): Wellmark International

Address: 100 Stone Road West, Suite 111

City: Guelph

Prov / State: Ontario

Country: Canada

Postal Code: N1G5L3

3. Select the appropriate subform(s) for the incident.

Domestic Animal

4. Date registrant was first informed of the incident.


5. Location of incident.

Country: CANADA

Prov / State: ONTARIO

6. Date incident was first observed.


Product Description

7. a) Provide the active ingredient and, if available, the registration number and product name (include all tank mixes). If the product is not registered provide a submission number.


PMRA Registration No. 26493      PMRA Submission No.       EPA Registration No.

Product Name: Zodiac Powerspot Flea And Tick Control For Dogs Over 14 kg

  • Active Ingredient(s)

7. b) Type of formulation.

Application Information

8. Product was applied?


9. Application Rate.


Units: mL

10. Site pesticide was applied to (select all that apply).

Site: Animal / Usage sur un animal domestique

11. Provide any additional information regarding application (how it was applied, amount applied, the size of the area treated etc).

On September 8, 2013 the owner inappropriately applied a dog product to the cat to treat for fleas.

To be determined by Registrant

12. In your opinion, was the product used according to the label instructions?


Subform III: Domestic Animal Incident Report

1. Source of Report

Animal's Owner

2. Type of animal affected

Cat / Chat

3. Breed

Domestic Shorthair

4. Number of animals affected


5. Sex


6. Age (provide a range if necessary )


7. Weight (provide a range if necessary )



8. Route(s) of exposure


9. What was the length of exposure?

Unknown / Inconnu

10. Time between exposure and onset of symptoms

>8 hrs <=24 hrs / > 8 h < = 24 h

11. List all symptoms


  • General
    • Symptom - Vocalizing
    • Symptom - Abnormal behaviour
    • Specify - Behavior Change
    • Symptom - Hissing

12. How long did the symptoms last?

Unknown / Inconnu

13. Was medical treatment provided? Provide details in question 17.


14. a) Was the animal hospitalized?


14. b) How long was the animal hospitalized?

15. Outcome of the incident


16. How was the animal exposed?

Treatment / Traitement

17. Provide any additional details about the incident

(eg. description of the frequency and severity of the symptoms

On September 9, 2013 the owner noticed that the cat was symptomatic. Later that morning the owner contacted the Animal Product Safety Service (APSS) to obtain help. The APSS veterinarian stated that cats do not tolerate permethrin and that there are individual variations in sensitivity; signs range from mild dermal hypersensitivity to seizures, and can develop from almost immediately up to 72 hours post-exposure. The APSS veterinarian also stated that some cats are sensitive enough that casual contact with a treated dog can cause clinical signs. The APSS assistant recommended that the owner bathe the cat with liquid dish washing detergent (LDWD) if the pet was acting normal, take the cat to the veterinarian, have the veterinarian call for information, and call back with questions.

To be determined by Registrant

18. Severity classification (if there is more than 1 possible classification


19. Provide supplemental information here

At an unknown time the owner must have contacted her regular veterinarian about the case, because on September 11, 2013 the owner's regular veterinarian contacted the APSS to obtain help. The owner's regular veterinarian stated that on September 9, 2013 the cat was exhibiting erratic behavior and on September 11, 2013 the cat was hissing when the owner attempted to touch him. The APSS veterinarian stated that cats do not tolerate permethrin well and that a crouching gait, agitation, panting, vocalizing, hiding, tremors, seizures, and death could occur; signs could develop within a few hours up to 72 hours after the exposure. The APSS veterinarian also stated that fleas tend not to die on cats treated with permethrin. The APSS veterinarian recommended that the cat be bathed with LDWD; the bather should lather, rinse, and repeat. The APSS veterinarian also recommended that the cat bemonitored for tremors. The APSS veterinarian recommended that the owner take the cat to the veterinarian, although the regular veterinarian stated that the owner was not willing to bring the cat in; the APSS veterinarian also recommended that the owner have the regular veterinarian call for information and that the regular veterinarian call back with questions. Extra Label Use: product not labelled for use on cats