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Beware of the Danger of Chemical Pest Control Products - Learn about Safe Alternatives with Natural Organic Pest Control
Each year, millions of people purchase flea and tick products believing
that these products have been thoroughly tested and are safe for both pets
and their caregivers. The main active ingredient in Bio Spot is a pesticide
known as Permethrin (it is used in more than 18 similar products,
including Bayer K9 Advantix, Defend EXspot, and Hartz Control OneSpot).
It kills insects by paralyzing their nervous system (that is also how nerve
gas works). However, it cannot distinguish between an insect's
nervous system, a dog's nervous system, or a human's nervous
system. Children especially are at rish of acute poisoning and long-term
health effects. Learn about Safe and Effective alternative of pest control.
A variety of common flea and tick products contain chemicals called
organophosphate insecticides (OPs) and carbamates, both of which have been
linked to brain damage, endocrine system problems and certain kinds of
cancer. An overdose can kill people and pets. Even with normal use, organophosphate
products can pose a serious health risk. Each year, Americans purchase
and apply to their pets a vast array of toxic chemicals intended to kill
fleas and ticks. These include collars, sprays, dusts and more. Other pet
owners take their pets to veterinarians to be dipped in chemicals. Many
consumers probably assume that the products they and their vets use have
been subjected to rigorous testing, and must, by virtue of their very ubiquity,
be safe. After all, how could the government let deadly poisons be sold
on grocery store shelves without applying stringent standards? Spot-On
Pesticides such as Frontline, Zodiac,
ProMeris , Adams and Advantagetrigger
adverse reactions in dogs and cats, shorten life spans, cause terminal
illness, and premature death.
The active ingredients in these solutions include chemicals such as
imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen, all of
which have caused serious health problems in animals in laboratories.2
Even some of the inert ingredients can be hazardous to your animal companion’s
health. Other forms of flea control—powders, collars, and sprays—are no
less dangerous to you or your companion animals. Labels may warn not to
get these substances on your skin, to wash your hands after applying it,
and to keep it away from children, yet these chemicals are absorbed by
your animal’s skin. Immediate effects of pesticide overdose include vomiting,
diarrhea, trembling, seizures, and respiratory problems. If your dog or
cat shows any of these symptoms after the application of a pesticide, immediately
wash the product off and seek veterinary care.
"Flea, tick products may injure, kill pets" WASHINGTON
March 24, 2010 - 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. The EPA said it will develop stricter testing
and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments that are applied
to a pet's skin. The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine
which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products. The EPA's
effort follows increasing complaints from pet owners that the "spot-on"
products have triggered reactions in dogs and cats, ranging from skin irritation
to neurological problems to deaths. Cats and small dogs appear particularly
vulnerable, the EPA said, especially when given products intended for larger
the ABC news video
Cautions Pet Owners Using Spot-on Flea and Tick Treatments for Pets
Apr 17, 2009 – The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and Health
Canada have commenced investigations into the use of spot-on flea and tick
treatments for pets. Both agencies have seen an increase in reported
incidents using spot-on flea treatments that are causing considerable concern
to pet owners. Adverse reactions have ranged from minor skin irritations
to seizures. In a number of cases, spot-on flea treatments have proven
fatal to pets. Watch
the ABC news video
health effects research regarding common pesticides are reported in
the medical journal summaries on your right. The majority of information
was acquired by extensive research from the University of Florida and University
of South Florida Medical Libraries.
Products to Avoid - Pet owners should begin using safer
products on their pets, avoiding organophosphate-based products. Specifically,
consumers should avoid products that list
chlorpyrifos, dichlorvos, phosmet, naled, tetrachlorvinphos, diazinon or
malathion as active ingredients. Pet owners should also avoidcarbaryl
and propoxur, fipronil (marketed as Frontline* or Topspot?)
or imidacloprid (marketed as Advantage*).
more from the NRDC website...
by Wayne Sinclair, M.D. (Board Certified Immunology) Richard Pressinger,
The information below provides solid evidence linking common pesticides
to early onset of major human and animal health problems. Click on the
links below to read...
and perhaps most Americans believe that commercially available pesticides,
such as those found in pet products, are tightly regulated by the government.
In fact, they are not. Not until the passage of a 1996 law focused on pesticides
in food did the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begin examining the
risks from pesticides in pet products in earnest. To this day, the EPA
allows the manufacture and sale of pet products containing hazardous insecticides
with little or no demonstration that a child's exposure to these ingredients
would be safe. Just because these products are on store shelves does not
mean they have been tested or can be presumed safe. The threat posed to
humans and pets by the poisons in commonly available products is intolerable
With that in mind, the Natural
Resources Defense Council has called on retailers to remove organophosphate
products from their shelves, and has called on the EPA to immediately ban
the use of organophosphate and carbamate pet pesticides -- and to take
steps to better inform veterinarians, pet owners and the general public
about safer alternatives for the control of fleas and ticks on pets.
Virginiana, a redcedar
specie of cypress family plant, is an incredibly effective
natural insect repellent
if formulated correctly.
It has been used for thousands of years to repel insects. When delivered
in small amounts the aroma will overwhelm most insects. The lingering aroma
of Juniperus Virginiana Oil is a pheromone
interruption agent that impairs the mental capacity of non-beneficial
insects, it has no effect on beneficial insects such as lady bugs, honey
bees, lizards, earth worms, butterflies, and toads. It is safefor
large and small animals, people and children. This product was tested by
Iowa State University at the request of the United States Department of
Agriculture for the use of the United States Army in Iraq to eliminate
the Desert Sand Flea problem that our troops are encountering, which chemical
treatments were either ineffective or causing rashes.
The test results were astonishing - this redcedar oil product was RATED
far superior to its chemical counterpart. These same products were
tested and proven to not only kill Mosquito's, Flea's & Bed Bugs, but
is one of the "ONLY KNOWN SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO MAN THAT WILL KILL THE FLEA,
ITS EGGS AND LARVEA THE FIRST TIME" Not all
Cedar Oil is created equal. This Cedar oil formulations come from
Juniperus Virginiana Cedars, grown
in and around Texas, which mimick the Cedars of Lebenon. This Cedar
Oil has been developed over the past 20 years for pest control on yards,
people, animals and in homes.
found Cedar Juniperus virginiana to be non-toxic-
A juniper (Juniperus sp.) oil-based phytomedicine was tested for nephrotoxicity
in Sprague–Dawley rats by oral administration of varying doses and was
found to be
from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine,
Oregon State University.
Extracting cedar oil from the Juniperus Virginiana is a very difficult
and costly undertaking, as the plant (bush, tree) contains only 3%
oil. Even with today’s technology only 70% of this oil can be extracted.
There are repellents containing cedar oil, unfortunately they lack the
unique propiotary and breakthrough technology. Most nuisance
insects, particularly mosquitoes and flea’s, rely on a keen sense of smell
to seek food and find a comfortable place to reproduce. This
unique Cedar Oil penetrates the insects’ breathing apparatus
and confuses their sense of smell to the point that they will either leave
the treated area to regain their equilibrium or become overwhelmed and
die. The advancement of our micron-sized (nano) molecular
formulation is also able to penetrate the eggs and larva to dehydrate and
suffocate the next generation of insects without the use of toxic-chemicals.
In fact it is one of the only known substances to man that will kill the
eggs and larvae the first time.
Beneficial insects such as ladybugs and butterflies are not affected
because they tend to rely on their sense of sight rather than smell.
When an area is treated with the Juniperus Virginiana Cedar Oil formulation,
non-beneficial insects have no choice but to retreat. The encapsulated
formula is very slow to decompose, forming a barrier to prevent insect
re-entry. The repelling effects remain long after the cedar scent is non-detectable
to human senses.
The natural oil from cedar
wood (Juniperus Virginiana) is safe for adults, elderly, children,
infants, animals, puppies, kittens and our environment safe. The oil
is steamed out of the cedar wood found on ranches from previous clearing
operations for livestock grazing. There are no chemicals involved in the
process. This refined cedar oil product have the authentic cedar fragrance,
just as it is in nature. Juniperus Virginiana Cedar wood has been
used for 1000's of years as one of mother nature's own insect repellents,
Texas cattle fences are built with Juniperus cedar post which naturally
resist decay and pest infestation for 50 years or more. The Cedars of Lebanon
were used to build King Solomon's' Tomb. The Egyptians used papaya leaves
soaked in cedar oil in the mummification of their dead. In the U.S. our
pioneering forefathers used cedar sawdust on the floors of their cabins
to rid them from countless pests. Native Americans would rub their bodies
with cedar needles to prevent mosquitoes and other biting bugs from feasting
on them. Educational
Information: Juniperus Virginiana
Click on the links below
to select 100% all natural safe products made with
redcedar to protect from Fleas, Ticks, Mosquitos, Bed Bugs, Lice, Mites,
Mange, Roaches, Ants and other parasites.
If you have
or use this contact
form or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
I use Dr.
Ben's personal insect repellent cedar oil which is fully *diluted*
in a natural safe mineral solution and ready to use. For
the first time in years, my dog hasn't bothered by fleas. In the Spring
I spray him twice a week. In the Summer time I spray him everyday
or even twice a day lightly for just 5 seconds. Fleas and many other
insects won't come near that cedar. They also have a *concentrated* cedar
oil product which requires to be diluted called Vet's
A growing number of dogs and cats are experiencing skin problems with severe
inflammation, especially on parts of their tails, the bottom of
their paws, and the genitalia area, with obsessive licking and
biting. Holistic veterinarians believe that these symptoms are the
result of a compromised immune system due to over-vaccination,
and nutritionally cause deficiencies.
Dr. Blanco, D.V.M - "You take healthy animals and often very quickly
you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin
or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions.
We see a lot of epilepsy, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs
or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently, you'll
see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months
after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and
heart, you'll start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination."
For thousands of years, the Indian people have appreciated the medicinal
and insect-repellent properties of neem leaves and seeds. Neem extracts
have been studied extensively by the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, and have
been developed into natural commercial pesticides which are safe for use
on food crops Neem acts on insects by repelling them, by inhibiting feeding,
and by disrupting their growth, metamorphosis and reproduction. Neem-based
formulations do not usually kill insects directly, but they can alter their
behavior in significant ways to reduce pest damage to crops, andreduce their reproductive potential. The seeds, bark and leaves of the neem plant
also contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic,
anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal uses. Neem is one of the most
powerful blood-purifiers and detoxifiers in Ayurvedic usage. Warning:
be careful using neem oil or other essential oils on cats.
They are very sensitive and may not tolerate these oils. Use
of neem as a Biological Pest Control agent
you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance? contact
Shirley or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
health effects research that provides solid evidence linking common
pesticides to early onset of major human and animal health problems. Common
pesticides are reported in the medical journal summaries. The majority
of information was acquired by extensive research from the University of
Florida and University of South Florida Medical Libraries.
Health Hazards from Chemical
Flea and Tick Products Below are testimonials
of the horrors of chemical flea control products: Frontline,
Sergeant, Zodiac, ProMeris, Advantage, Hartz and FarnamIf
you think you or your pet has been affected by a pet product containing
pesticides, call your local poison control center if you need immediate
help, and report the incident to the EPA's National Pesticide Telecommunications
Network, at (800) 858-7378.
Pet Care Danger! "I
am writing in alarm and concern about the Sergeant's
Pet Care products for cats that are being sold on the market. I
recently used a brand new bottle of Sergeant's® Skip-Flea® &
Tick Shampoo for Cats. Within about 11 hours of using it, my cat was having
seizures, and then went into some sort of coma. Her pupils were so big
that her eyes were completely black. I took her to the vet hospital where
I learned that the shampoo contained this chemical called Permethrin. This
is a known PESTICIDE that is lethal and toxic to cats. This isn't the first
case the hospital has had of cats coming in affected by this. Nine hours
after getting her to the hospital she died. My cat was perfectly healthy
until this moment. I have contacted the company and they are not quite
willing to cooperate. I am looking for help in bringing awareness to other
pet owners about these harmful products. I've done a lot of research and
I found out that these following products are also hurting and killing
pets (cats and dogs). To read each story of what each animal went through
is heartbreaking: Bio Spot, Advantage, Frontline, Sergeant’s Nature’s Guardian
flea and tick products. I have emailed several people whose pets have died
and become injured. There an amazing amount of people that need help. I've
contacted the Department of Consumer Affairs and Department of Pesticide
Regulation so far and have not gotten very far." Sara
"Sergeant's Gold Flea and
Tick Squeeze-On for Dogs. I applied this product to my dog as directed,
and within hours she was vomiting, foaming at the mouth, drooling and had
no control of her legs. I was NOT happy with this product AT ALL. She now
shows signs of a serious brain injury, she's now 3 & has reverted back
to being a puppy. I absolutely WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this product to ANYONE
!!! This was very scary for us and we don't want anyone else to go through
it. We made a complaint to the Better Business Bureau and the Sergeant's
Company." Larry email@example.com
Comfortis testimonial Dr. Blake and his grandson, Dr. Christian, are up in arms about the
“new” flea control, Comfortis
(spinosad), the new chemical on the block made to look like the
second coming for flea control, according to the manufacturer. This product
is given orally once per month and starts killing fleas 30 minutes after
ingestion. That means it is absorbed into the blood of your pet rapidly
and eaten by the flea, which dies almost instantly. The main side effects
are: vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, coughing, excessive
water intake, vocalization, increased appetite, Erythema, hyperactivity
and excessive salivation. Did you know that fleas, ticks and other
nasty pests that seem to plague modern day pets won’t be attracted to your
pet IF they have a strong immune system? because
of all the overvaccinating, processed
foods they are fed, and these so-called “prevention” meds.! Fed a raw
meaty bone diet to your dogs and cats, and stop all these unnecessary
vaccines and see how the fleas flee, and the ticks take off and…well you
get the picture. more...
Hartz Flea and Tick Productstestimonial The principal ingredient in Hartz brand Flea and Tick products for
cats is a 40-year-old chemical pesticide called Phenothrin. Although long
since banned for use as a lawn pesticide, due its toxicity, Phenothrin
constitutes over 85% of the total ingredients in Hartz Advanced Care Plus
topical flea and tick drops for cats. The EPA has been reviewing pesticide
risks in pet products only since 1996, and because the agency is backlogged,
many pet products containing potentially harmful pesticides still make
their way onto store shelves. Despite multitudes of well-documented cases
of Hartz Flea and Tick Products causing injury and death to many innocent
pets, Hartz Mountain Corp. continues to deny any wrongdoing and insists
that its products are safe. Evidence against the safety of Hartz Flea and
Tick products continues to grow rapidly. TV news channels have ran numerous
reports on the problem and a class action suit has been filed against Hartz
Mountain Corp. by the law firm of Faruqi and Faruqi, LLP and Squitieri
and Fearon, LLP. However, these deadly products are still being sold in
stores across the nation and remain well within the reach of unsuspecting
consumers who are unwittingly putting their beloved pets into harm's way.
"My dog who was three- was
murdered by Hartz flea products. We put on
him and the next day he was sick and vomited evrywhere, we rushed him to
the vet, were testing showed he had acute-renal-failure. The night before
Sky was running,playing, wagging, the next day he was dying. Sky could
not pee,drink, or eat. Sky could not even walk. He was put down in our
arms October 2, 2005. It is unfair. Our stores only sell Hartz products.
Please pass my story on. Thank you!" Amber from Maryland firstname.lastname@example.org
the other horror stories about Hartz's flea products
Frontline testimonial "The day that ur 8 year
old Tibetan Spaniel received the frontline plus on his back, he seem very
unhappy, like he knew he had received something bad for him. The following
days he refused to walk - he had to be carried to his favorite tree. He
was extremely lethargic. He only moved to eat and drink. He seemed depressed
- he did not wag his tail, or show any affection as he usually does. IT
was as if his personality was changed - he became a depressed, sad dog.
In the last two weeks (after 3 weeks of this) he started to 'improve' and
while he started scratching a bit more as the flea poison wore off, he
started seeming to feeel better, to walk, to 'smile', to be happy to see
his dog friends on the street. He now seems just about fine - although
still not walking quite as much as he was 5 weeks ago before the frontline"
"One day while shopping,
we cameacross an over-the-counter product, called Bio Spot Flea and Tick
Control (by Farnam Pet Products). It looked similar to the Frontline
product, but it was much cheaper, so we decided to try it. The Bio
Spot seemed to work just as well as Frontline, so we used it again six
weeks later. An hour after applying the Bio Spot, we found Hamish
thrashing about on the ground. His body was completely stiff.
His head was raised in the air, and his jaws were opened wide. A
thick foamy saliva was spewing from his mouth. Horrified, I tried
to determine if something was stuck in his throat. His windpipe was
clear, but he was not breathing. His eyes began to roll back in his
head. He was dying and we did not know what to do to save him!
We made a desperate call to our veterinarian ....
about Farnam's Bio Spot Flea and Tick Almost Killed our Dog
--- Here are some of the e-mail
messages that I have received from others whose dogs and cats have
experienced adverse reactions to flea control products. (after clicking
on a date message board, scroll down a little to view the message)
control for dogs and cats testimonial Name: M.Elena
Email: dar2dream @
Location: Live Oak, FL,
I wanted to share Preston's
story with you. Below is a letter/email I began mailing and posting to
alert the public of the harm ProMeris caused to my beloved feline companion
of 4 years. The emotional distress his sudden and preventable passing has
caused to me - heartrending. As I am left with nothing, but a costly
WARNING dated 6/2/2010:
In Memory Of My Precious Preston.
I wish I would have goggled
and read through the numerous post, emails, blogs, and websites that warned
about the danger to using ProMeris before applying it to my sweet boy.
Not to mention, the recent EPA reports I've since read, and the recent
conversation I had with NPIC. I can assure you that this is not an urban
legend - as I have lived through it.
I applied ProMeris to my
four year old domestic black and white male cat Preston on Friday, May
29, 2010. On June 1, 2010 I had to put him to sleep due to kidney failure.
Although, his vet couldn't say for that it was the ProMeris. She did say
that some poison/toxin caused the failure. Preston was a healthy
and happy cat until I applied this product. Now after a four day stay in
the hospital he is no longer with me. His vet's attempts to flush his system
with fluid therapy and antibiotics in hopes of restoring normal kidney
functioning couldn't undo the damage. Why is this product still on the
market! This product is extremely dangerous and should be removed until
its safety can be guaranteed.
I have called and sent several
letters to the Fort Dodge (Wyeth) - Pfizer and was told that Dr. Beres
was assigned to look into the matter. I spoke with Dr. Laura Beres on June
15, 2010. Case number: 2010 - US - 20833, and was thanked for bringing
the matter to their attention. No apology was given and a flat out refusal,
to at the very least, reimburse me for the vet bill.
"I shampooed my dog with
Zodiac Flea and Tick Shampoo on sunday the 20th. The dog seems to
be fine but I have extreme pain in the hand I used to rub the
shampoo in. It took me a few days to realize what had
happened. The pain starts in my fingers and goes all the way
to my shoulder. Unless you like pain or want to kill your pet, DO
NOT USE THIS SHAMPOO! " Carol Dunn lcd @ briskweb.net Other
testimonials about Zodiac and Bio-spot dangerous pet products:
Used Advantage on my
cat and she's sick - I used the usual Advantage for cats on my Harley,
and it was even one third the dose, because I use one vial on 3 cats. She
was sick by that evening, wouldn't eat, acted like she was barfing even
if she drank water. She soon quit eating at all, and for 3 days it was
touch and go. Luckily she is chubby, so she had some fat on her to live
off of. I spent 180$ in tests at the vet, and they hydrated her, and sent
her home with no answers. She hadnt pottied or eaten for 3 days. She looked
horrible. I managed to find some soft treats by a natural cat food company
that she finally ate one a few days ago. On the 5th day she ate a few more.
I really think they saved her life. She finally drank a little water on
the 6th day and eats a few bites of food here and there. She still is in
the same spot, sleeps all day and rarely moves. I can tell she still doesnt
feel well. But at least she is eating. Very little pottying at all. Vet
says its very rare if it was the drops. I know it was. She might have licked
them to much somehow... I have no idea. Just telling you to be careful
She is 9 years old. I have used the drops for years, and always noticed
they act so tired for a day or so after I use them. We never know, for
sure how safe these things are, but if it kills fleas, it might become
harmful if they are too young or too old."
Mary Ann lost her
beloved bearded collie 'Kaimen' as a result of using Advantage Flea Drops.
flea drops were recomended by my veteranarian to control Kaimens flea problems.
The drops were placed on the back of his head in the nape of the neck.
After using Advantage for 13 months a growth the size of a golf ball emerged
in that very same spot where the Advantage flea drop were placed.
The growth was made of a grey colored flesh with a putrid odor. A purulent
putrid liquid oozed out of it. Kaimen was taking to the vet,
where I learned more about the growth and just how deadly Advantage is
to our pets. The pesticide that is used in Advantage is called lmidacloprid
and should NOT be absorbed through the skin. I learned that dogs and rats
who were used to test this pesticide developped thyroid cancer and it affected
their appetite. My dog Kaimen died at the age of two as a resuslt of using
Advantage which caused a tumerous cancer to develop in his neck and
which metastasized in his brain. I sent Bayer, the maker of Advantage,
a letter with a return receipt but they never bothered to reply to my letter.
Hartz Mountain Company is currently
manufacturing and distributing a pet product specifically intended for
cats that is highly toxic and dangerous.
Following is a detailed explanation of events that have prompted my recommendation
that this product (Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops for Cats
Weighing Over 10 Lbs.) be recalled immediately, and extensively investigated
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."learn
Will Falconer, DVM - "Most of the chronic diseases we commonly
see in animals (and humans) have an immune basis, e.g. diabetes, allergies,
asthma, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, repeated ear infections,
cancer, etc. While they can be cured through the careful use of homeopathy,
the road to cure can be a long one -- often years if the animal has had
years of disease. Transfer
factors can significantly shorten the course, by giving a much needed balancing
effect to the immune system. If the immune system is overactive as
in allergies, ear infections, asthma, diabetes, or hypothyroidism, transfer
factors can balance this overactivity so the system is not attacking its
own organs, overreacting to things that shouldn’t be perceived as a threat.
If, conversely, the immune system is under-active as in mange, parasites,
viral infections, or cancer, transfer factors can clearly stimulate it
to better meet the challenges it needs to be alert to."
Charles Loops D.V.M - "After 10 years of traditional veterinary practice
I became tired of having no treatment for chronic disease, incurable conditions,
and a plethora of allergic maladies which seem to plague all veterinary
practices. I was frustrated with giving animals cortisone
because I had no other solutions, or using antibiotics
for infections which I knew were of viral origin. At this time I had some
chronic health problems, which had been unresolvable allopathically, but
they responded to natural treatment"
Shawn Messonnier DVM - "The Allergy Solution for Dogs
provides owners with honest and objective information they can use to help
plan a holistic treatment approach to dealing with their pets' allergies.
Nothing bizarre or strange, simply proven treatments that I have used on
thousands of pets in my years in private practice. Each day I help pets
with allergies get off of steroids and help them live longer, itch-free
lives" Natural treatment
for flea bites, allergies and hotspots: a drugless approach
Though EPA's assessments of the risks from OPs in pet products are new,
EPA has long identified OPs generally as being among the pesticides posing
the highest risks to human health. Workers exposed to these chemicals,
for example, have experienced visual problems, slowed thinking, and memory
deficits. In truth, however, the principal risk for humans is likely to
the brain and nervous system of young children and fetuses, because their
systems are still developing when they are exposed to OPs. The risks come
in two forms: risks from poisoning, and risks from long-term effects on
the brain and nervous system.
In particular, pregnant women and families with children should stop
using organophosphate- or carbamate-based products immediately. Finally,
children should never be allowed to apply flea shampoos, dusts, dips, etc.
containing organophosphates or carbamates to their pets. The unfortunate
truth is that the EPA has overlooked and underestimated the particular
risks to children when evaluating the safety of these products for home
* Children's Risk of Acute Poisoning.
OPs are considered the most dangerous pesticides for acute poisoning, particularly
for children younger than six. Among incidents reported to poison control
centers, children exposed to OPs were three times more likely to be hospitalized,
five times more likely to be admitted to a critical care unit, and four
times more likely to die, suffer life threatening illness, or develop a
permanent disability, than were children who had been exposed to other
types of pesticides.
* Children's Long-term Health Effects. A child's
developing brain and nervous system are particularly vulnerable to the
toxic effects of OPs because these systems are not fully developed at birth
and must continue to form during early childhood. Brain development requires
certain cells to first grow, then migrate within the brain, and then connect
with one another. Chemicals such as OPs can interrupt and have irreversible
effects on this development. Studies have also shown that children exposed
to OPs may face increased risks for such later-in-life problems as cancer
and Parkinson's disease. A recent epidemiological study, for example, showed
that people with any history of in-home exposure to insecticides, like
OPs, can more than double the risk of Parkinson's later in life. In addition,
four OPs used in pet products increase cancers in laboratory animals, and
therefore may cause cancer in humans. One epidemiological study that looked,
among other things, at pregnant women who had been exposed to flea and
tick products, found that their children were 250 percent more likely than
those in a control group to be diagnosed with brain cancer before their
Of course, it is not only children who are at risk. Pets and pet workers
are vulnerable as well.
* Pet Poisonings. In recent years,
hundreds, if not thousands, of pets have been poisoned by pesticide products
specifically designed for use on pets. Products containing OPs are among
the worst culprits. EPA finds that these pet products are frequently misused
and that such misuse should be anticipated by manufacturers. Cats are particularly
vulnerable, since they often lack key enzymes for metabolizing or detoxifying
OPs. As with children, a cat's small size and unique behavior -- in this
case, grooming -- work against them as well, making them particularly vulnerable
to OP poisoning.
* Pet Worker Poisonings. Over a recent four-period,
at least 26 adults working with pesticide pet dips were poisoned. Nearly
half of these cases involved the OP, phosmet. Moreover, a survey of nearly
700 adults who worked with flea control products found that these workers
were two-and-a-half times more likely to have health problems than workers
not exposed to such products. The complaints included statistically significant
increases in blurred vision, skin flushing and asthma.
Government regulation of these products has been sketchy, and testing of
their impact in the home has been inadequate. The result is that many of
the products sold by the millions in grocery, drug and pet supply stores,
even when applied as instructed on the box, can cause serious health consequences
to pets and humans. more
Insecticides Associated with Bladder Cancer in Dogs -
A statistically significant association between exposure to topical flea
and tick dips, and the occurrence of bladder cancer in dogs has been found.
The risk of bladder cancer was increased further in dogs living in proximity
to areas sprayed regularly with insecticides for mosquitoes. An increased
rate of bladder cancer in humans has recently been reported (Journal of
Toxicology and Environmental Health, 1989(28): 407-414). more
Insecticides and Feline
- Since the early 1980s, increasing numbers of cats have been found with
hyperthyroidism, enlarged thyroid glands and high levels of thyroid hormone
in the blood. Cats which were regularly treated with flea powders and sprays,
and were also exposed to lawn pesticides, have been found more likely to
have hyperthyroidism. A higher level of canned cat food in the diet
was also an increased
risk factor (Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 1988(6): 295-309). Thyroid
enlargement has been seen in Great Lakes fish and in rodents fed on these
fish. This has been attributed to pesticides and other contaminants in
the lake water (Advances in Modern Toxicology, 1992(XXl): 129-145). more
Pets as Sentinels of Pesticide Toxicity Rachel Carson described the detrimental effects of pesticides on animals
including robins, caddis fly larvae, quail, salmon, and cats. Silent Spring
shows clearly how deeply caring and fiercely protective Rachel Carson was
of wildlife. Her concern extended to pet animals as well. Pesticide residues
in our food and in the environment reflect years of chemical production
and use. We face the continuing problems of the toxic by-products of manufacturing,
runoff from outdoor applications, ground water contamination, and finally
disposal of unused material as hazardous waste. Pesticides are used in
virtually all public buildings, golf courses, schools, restaurants, hotels,
hospitals and private homes as well as in agriculture and forestry. Rachel
Carson's Silent Spring warned us of the threats to life attending widespread
use of chemical pesticides. As a result of her effort the EPA was founded
in 1970 and DDT was banned in 1972.
According to Dr. Brooks, even though the cat or kitten does not have
the OTC flea control product directly applied to it, the cat or kitten
may still become ill through indirect exposure if it is applied to a dog
in the household, household furnishings, bedding, etc.. Also, many OTC
dog flea control products
are not only toxic to cats, but dogs as well.
Dr. Brandon Brooks, DVM - "Many (if not most) Over The Counter
(OTC) or non-prescription flea control products are very toxic to
cats and kittens- especially the ones only approved for use in dogs. Many
people mistakenly buy these for their pet (it's not always their fault,
the companies that make them want you to buy it, they don't really care
about the dangers involved) so it pays to be extra careful when buying
flea control products." Our animals are sicker than ever. Veterinarians
have never seen such an increase in the rate of liver disease, nervous
system disorders, cancers, diabetes, renal failure and other diseases.
Our animals are being routinely poisoned with pet food
and pet medicine. Popular anti-flea
and anti-tick medications are extremely toxic to the liver.
The Poison Necklace A Pesticide collar is nothing but a poison
necklace around your pet’s head. It emits a constant toxic cloud that your
pet inhales, and so do you, every time you hug your pet. What about those
insecticidal flea and tick shampoos and powders, sprays and dips? Labels
warn you not to get any on your skin, use rubber gloves and wash your hands!
Yet, they are rubbed into your pet’s skin and then are licked by your pet!
Signs of pesticide overdose in your pet can include vomiting, diarrhea,
trembling, seizures and respiratory problems. Flea Collars: The Cancer
Prevention Coalition (CPC), which informs the public about preventable
exposures to carcinogens, list many brand-name products as containing either
carcinogens or neurotoxins, or both. Avoid flea collars by Longlife, Hartz,
Pet Agree, Sergeant’s and Zodiac. Flea and tick dips, sprays, powders,
foggers and bombs: click the headline and scroll
down the new page to learn more about how to control fleas without resorting
Rankings American citizens have a right to know what toxic chemicals
are being released into their communities. Scorecard ranks geographic areas
or pollution sources by health risks, pollutant exposures or toxic chemical
deaths prompt recall of pet food
number of cases of kidney failure among dogs and cats that
ate poisoned pet food could total in the tens
of thousands says Dr. Paul Pion, president
of the Veterinary Information
Network. More accounts of stricken pets had
been coming in since the numbers were tallied over the weekend. He said
the final number for pets suffering from kidney failure could be in the
tens of thousands.
for Safe, All Natural Human Ingredients Healthy Pet Food
Blanco D.V.M "You take healthy animals and often very quickly
you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or
excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions and licking
of the air. We see a lot of epilepsy, often after a rabies vaccination.
Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently you'll
see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their
[annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll
start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination."
you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance? Barbara is an animal lover and wellness coach who donates her time to help visitors of Shirley's Wellness Cafe website. She'll be happy to answer your question
and offers guidance. 970 264 0882 (CO). You may also contact
Shirley or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
Dr. Steven Slagle, DVM
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