What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Flea & Tick Repellent
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates, studies and issues public advisories with regards to the safety in using medicated flea and tick products on pets. It has warned that medicated spot-on treatments (applied on the nap of the neck) may be harmful for pets. Many of these spot-on products are a form of chemical pesticides. A five year study resulted in companies changing their labeling, giving more detailed ingredients.
Although no products were directly targeted or banned as a result of the study, Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Steve Owens said “EPA is not ruling out such drastic measures in the future.”
However, the EPA went as far as to issue an advisory warning due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions in pets including mild skin irritations, seizures and even death.
Symptoms Caused by Spot-on Flea & Tick Repellent Treatment
If your dog is experiencing any of the following after applying a spot-on flea and tick applications, beware that it could be the treatment itself that is the cause. These symptoms are:
- Skin & Coat –itching, redness, hair loss, ulcers, sores
- Gastrointestinal — salivation, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea
- Nervous system — nervousness, tremors, seizures, movement problems
Alternative Flea & Tick Repellent Solutions
Natural products use potent plants and minerals to ward off pets. They are more expensive to make, which is why manufactures use chemicals and pesticides. But when you think about putting a pesticide on your pet’s neck that is designed to seep into its body, doesn’t it make more sense to use a product that is just as effective and made using nature’s most potent repellents? Please take time to check out PawPurity Flea & Tick Shampoo and PawPurity Flea & Tick Spray before deciding on which treatment you choose.