By Susan Thixton of "The Truth About Petfood."
The Center for Public Integrity has recently reported the EPA asked manufacturers of spot on flea and tick treatments to provide detailed information of adverse reaction incidents. ABC News, in a recent story on flea and tick treatments, stated in 2008 more than 44,000 severe reactions and 1,200 deaths were reported.
The ABC News video is difficult to see; the side effects pets have suffered are severe. The ABC story reports a 50 percent increase from 2007 to 2008 of deaths and severe reactions. Click on title above to see it;
The Center for Public Integrity states “If not for the rash of reports implicating these products in pet illnesses, the EPA would not have requested the more detailed information from manufacturers, said Dale Kemery, an EPA press officer. A team of veterinarians will then study the data in an effort to help the agency reduce the number of illnesses associated with these spot on flea and tick treatments. The EPA will also perform the evaluation faster than originally planned, Kemery said, although he said the agency does not have a timeline for the analysis or a proposed completion date.” http://www.publicintegrity.org/blog/entry/1395/
With warm weather upon us, flea and tick prevention is a concern. One natural option to fend off these pests can be found at http://www.pestigator.com/pets/. This company offers proven natural flea and tick prevention products for your yard and for your pets. Should you decide to try the products, please note on your order the phrase ‘Animal Lover Jan’. Jan Ault works in animal rescue in Anderson, Indiana; due to her many recommendations of these products to pet owners, Pestigator.com has agreed to donate product to Jan’s rescue operation for every purchase she recommends. Your order will also be providing flea and tick control to rescued dogs and cats.
While it is difficult to use on long coated breeds, a flea comb is also a tremendous natural flea treatment tool. I use a flea comb on all of my pets regularly; so far, so good.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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