On the bottom front page of today’s (March 18) “Morning Report” section for Bay Area News Group newspapers (in San Francisco Bay Area), is a story headlined, “Flea and tick products linked to pet deaths.” (If you don’t subscribe to one of our newspapers, I’m sure there’s a similar story in yours.)
The first paragraph of the story reads: “WASHINGTON — Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer.”
You probably already read this story, but if you haven’t, here it is: http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_14692868?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com
If you have pets, dogs and/or cats, I’m sure this story grabbed your attention. It may even have concerned you. It did me.
We’ve all used this “spot on” stuff that is usually squirted on the back of the animal’s neck where it can be absorbed through the skin. I used it on my cats, Newman and Jasmine to control their fleas. Since they’re both indoor cats and don’t go outside, I only had to use it on them once when Jasmine, a feral kitten, was brought inside. Fortunately, there were no obvious side-effects. We have no fleas inside our house, so I haven’t used it again.
I thought you might like to check out this link I discovered to the EPA Web site, a page entitled “EPA Evaluation of Pet Spot-On Products: Analysis and Mitigation Plan.” There’s a lot of good information here to help answer some of the questions I’m sure you have: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/petproductseval.html
Here are the names of a few sample “Spot-On” products to give you an idea of what we’re talking about: Advantage, Frontline Top Spot, Adams Spot-On Flea &Tick Control, BioSpot Flea & Tick Control, Defend EXspot Treatment, Zodiac FleaTrol Spot On.
This is the entire “Listing of EPA-registered Spot-On Flea and Tick Products” as of May 15, 2009: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/prodname-reg.pdf
If you’re a concerned pet owner, I think you will find the above information to be very helpful, as I did. Please add any of your own comments below. Thanks. /Gary