EPA Warns of Flea and Tick Treatment Dangers
Excerpted from ABC 13 ( Posted: 3/22/2010 )
Lynchburg, VA – The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a closer look at spot-on flea and tick treatments.
The agency found an increase in side effects ranging from skin irritation to seizures, even death, but veterinarians say you don’t necessarily want to stop using them.
For many pet owners like Jeanna Chapman, dogs are not only companions but an extension of the family.
She was shocked to hear that flea and tick treatments could make her dog sick, but she feels the risks of not using it outweigh the possibility of side effects.
“Because Lyme Disease is so detrimental to a dog’s health I’ve chosen to continue with the product.”
“I think the benefits of the products in general far outweigh the risk, because we see so many tick borne diseases that it is important to control the ticks,” Mulligan said.
The EPA recommends pet owners consult a veterinarian before purchasing any treatment for your cat or dog.