WARNING: Is Your Flea/Tick Treatment Safe?


As summer approaches, and we spend more time out of doors with our canine companions, we must be mindful of the dangers of flea and tick treatments. The June 2010 issue of the Associated Humane Societies Humane News has issued a warning regarding Advantage flea treatment. Ordinarily, Dogpawfile Magazine does not print material from other publications; however, in this case, for the sake of the health of dogs everywhere, we are reproducing the Humane Society’s report, and ask that all animal caregivers give it careful consideration:

“A 15 year old poodle that had Advantage flea treatment applied to the shoulders became stuck in the plastic base of his animal crate. The residue dissolved the plastic and caused it to adhere to the dog’s belly. When the dog would not (could not) come out of its crate, the owner brought the dog to Dr. Tej Dhaliwal of North Town Veterinary Hospital in Ontario, Canada. After two hours of investigating, the vet concluded that an inactive ingredient in Advantage was to blame. After several alternative measures, a tube of Advantage was applied to the plastic and the plastic liquefied almost instantly. His gloved hand stuck to the plastic. Anyone with adverse reactions with an EPA-registered product should report the matter to the manufacturer and directly to the EPA. Manufacturers are also required to report to the EPA information they receive about potential adverse effects of the product. Bayer Animal Health, maker of Advantage, acknowledged that the product may be the culprit and offered to pay the owner’s vet bill, compensate for loss of salary, and replace the crate. Dr. Dhaliwal plans to write a report on the incident and submit it to a professional journal in the hope of spreading the word.”

Additionally, “The EPA has outlined plans and announced that they will place new restrictions on products designed to prevent flea and tick infestations on cats and dogs. The agency stated that it received nearly double the number of reports of adverse reactions and deaths in dogs and cats treated with pesticide products. The EPA research showed that small dogs more commonly showed adverse reactions to treatments and overall, cats had more adverse reactions than dogs. Adverse reactions range form mild effects to skin irritation to seizures and in some cases, death of the pet. Should you use any flea/tick medications for your pet, please read package directions and contact your vet if there are any adverse reactions.”

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One response to “WARNING: Is Your Flea/Tick Treatment Safe?

  1. Justice and Valentine

    Thanks for reprinting!

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