News Alert: Flea and Tick Pet Products

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News Alert: EPA to Boost Analysis of Flea and Tick Pet Products

Friday April 17, 2009
In a news release yesterday, the The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that they are stepping up the investigation of spot-on flea and tick control products for pets because of a recent spike in the number of reported adverse affects. According to the announcement, “adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of pets.” The EPA has already been monitoring these products, but now they plan to intensify the process. The purpose of the increased scrutiny is to determine if further restrictions on the use of the products are needed to better protect pets.

The EPA is evaluating incidents associated with all spot-on flea and tick products, but some products have been reported at a higher rate. Topping the list are prescription products Promeris and Frontline as well as over-the counter products Sentry, Sergeant’s and Zodiac. These are said to account for 80% of reported adverse affects, and the majority of are dog-specific products.

What does this mean for you and your dog? First of all, it does not mean you necessarily should stop using flea and tick control – that could cause more harm than good to your dog. At this time there are no product recalls or specific precautions. The best thing you can do is talk to your vet about your dog’s individual needs. Reported reactions have ranged from skin irritation to seizures, so report any unusual signs and symptoms to your vet right away. In addition, myself and the other pet guides at About.com will keep you posted on further developments on this story.

More Information
EPA Full Report
Perils of the New Pesticides

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