Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Over-the-Counter Flea Treatments - A word of warning

I just finished reading a very interesting article in regards to over-the-counter flea and tick treatments that I wanted to bring to everyones attention.

The article is titled, Pesticides in Pet Products: Why Your Dog or Cat May Be at Risk, by M.B. Pell and Jillian Olsen of The Center for Public Integrity. It goes on to explain how a growing number of pets are dying from flea and tick treatments because of a dangerous pesticide.

"At least 1,600 pet deaths related to spot on treatments with pyrethroids were reported to the EPA over the last five years, according to an analysis of EPA pesticide incident exposure data by the Center for Public Integrity."

"These pyrethroid-based flea and tick treatments -- from Hartz, Sergeant's, Farnam, and Bayer -- are approved for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and they are readily available at grocery stores, specialty pet retailers, and hardware stores. But they are also linked to thousands of reported pet poisonings, and they have stirred the ire of pet owners, the concern of veterinarians, and the attention of regulatory agencies."

"The concentrations of pyrethroids in over-the-counter spot on pet treatments range from a 40 percent to an 85 percent solution, eight to 17 times stronger than the strongest pyrethroid product currently approved for use on humans. Neither the EPA, which generally regulates topically applied products, nor the Food and Drug Administration, which generally regulates orally applied pet products, has a product registered for human application containing a pyrethroid concentration above 5 percent, and that FDA-approved product requires a doctor's prescription." Credit: alternet.org

To read the article in full visit Pesticides in Pet Products: Why Your Dog or Cat May Be at Risk.

Please share your thought and stories after reading the article.

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