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Flea and tick products under scrutiny

 

Happy May Day everyone!  Suddenly it seems as if it’s almost summer, doesn’t it?  Here where I live people are mowing, putting on new roofs, planting flowers and cleaning off their porches.  I kind of need to do all of those things myself.  🙂

 

The big news at my house this week has been some very unwelcome furry activity.  My next door neighbor and I are sharing some outdoor rats.  We think that’s what they are.  I saw something big and gray with a tail run into her garage and she’s seen furry gray things “playing” in the driveway.  (That’s how she described it.)  I’m afraid they may be attracted to my dog food.  YIKES!  I keep the dog food outside and feed the dogs in their pans on the patio.  We’ve been here nearly three years and never had a problem before but there’s always a first time.  I have a nice metal trash can that I used to keep the dog food in before we moved here.  I guess it’s time to bring it out again and start using it here.  Sorry.  We are not fond of rats.  The dogs have permission to dispatch them any time they see one.  I’m going to put Beau on rat patrol.  He may not be a terrier but he’s 80 pounds of big dog and he does know how to kill a rat.  (See?  Modern dogs are still very useful.)

 

The other news I should tell you about is from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Just when we’re all starting to go into flea season the EPA has come out with an advisory saying that they have increased their scrutiny of flea and tick products.  In particular, they are paying increased attention to the spot-on products.

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for pets due to recent increases in the number of reported incidents. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of pets. 

 

Flea and tick products can be appropriate treatments for protecting your pets and your family’s health because fleas and ticks can transmit disease. While many people use the products with no harm to their pets, EPA recommends that pet owners take precautions when using these products. People should carefully follow label directions and monitor their pets for any signs of an adverse reaction after application, particularly when using these products for the first time. Pet owners may also want to consult a veterinarian about the responsible and effective use of flea and tick products.

 

Incidents with flea and tick products can involve the use of spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and shampoos. However, the majority of the incidents reported to EPA are related to flea and tick treatments with EPA-registered spot-on products. Spot-on products are generally sold in tubes or vials and are applied to one or more localized areas on the body of the pet, such as in between the shoulders or in a stripe along the back. This advisory pertains only to EPA-registered spot-on flea and tick products; these products have an EPA registration number on the label. 

 

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There are seven categories of products involved in this increased scrutiny:

 

 

Promeris Spot On for Dogs

Promeris for Dogs

 

Frontline Plus for Dogs

 

Frontline Plus for Cats

 

Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control for Cats 5 lbs and over

Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control for Cats & Kittens Under 5 lbs

Farnam Companies Inc. Bio Spot, Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Cats & Kittens Under 5lbs

Farnam Companies Inc. Adams Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Cats 5lbs & Over

Farnam Companies Inc. Bio Spot, Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Cats 5lbs & Over

The Hartz Mountain Group Hartz Ultraguard Plus Drops for Cats

The Hartz Mountain Group Hartz Incontrol Flea & Tick Drops for Cats 

The Hartz Mountain Group Hartz Ultraguard Pro Flea & Tick Drops for Cats 

The Hartz Mountain Group Hartz Incontrol Advanced Flea & Tick Control for Cats 5lbs & Over

The Hartz Mountain Group Hartz Incontrol Advanced Flea & Tick Control for Cats

 

RF9908 Spot On

Zodiac Groomers’ Spot On Pack

Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control for Small Dogs 16–30 lbs

Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control for Medium Dogs 31-60 lbs

Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control for Large Dogs Over 60 lbs

Zodiac Spot On Flea & Tick Control for Puppies, Toys & Miniatures under 15 lbs

Farnam Companies Inc. Bio Spot Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Dogs

Farnam Companies Inc. Companies Inc. Bio Spot Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Dogs (16 to 30 lbs)

Farnam Companies Inc. Companies Inc. Bio Spot Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Dogs (31 to 60 lbs)

Farnam Companies Inc. Companies Inc. Bio Spot Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Dogs (over 60 lbs)

Farnam Companies Inc. Adams Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Small Dogs 16-30 lbs.

Farnam Companies Inc. Adams Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Medium Dogs 31-60 lbs.

Farnam Companies Inc. Adams Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Large Dogs Over 60 lbs.

Farnam Companies Inc. Adams Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Puppies, Toys, & Miniatures Under 15 lbs 

Farnam Companies Inc. Bio Spot Spot on Flea & Tick Control for Puppies Under 15 lbs

 

Sergeant’s Cyphenothrin Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sergeant’s Silver Flea and Tick Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sentry XFC Flea and Tick Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sentry XFC Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sergeant’s Silver Squeeze-on for Dogs

 

Sergeant’s Cyphenothrin + IGR Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sergeant’s Gold Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sergeant’s Gold Flea and Tick Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sentrypro XFC Flea and Tick Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sentrypro XFC Squeeze-on for Dogs

Sentrypro XFC Flea and Tick Squeeze-on for Dogs Extreme Flea Control

Tradewinds Triforce Canine Squeeze-On 

Tradewinds Triforce Canine Squeeze-On for Dogs 9 lbs to 20 lbs.

Tradewinds Triforce Canine Squeeze-On for Dogs 21 lbs to 39 lbs.

Tradewinds Triforce Canine Squeeze-On for Dogs 40 lbs to 60 lbs

Tradewinds Triforce Canine Squeeze-On for Dogs 60 lbs. or larger.

 

You should not panic about this advisory from the EPA or stop using your Frontline Plus or Advantage.  Right now the EPA is only looking at the raw data that has been reported for these products.  They say that there is no way of knowing if the incidents reported include problems from misusing the products.  The incidents reported would still make up a small number compared to the number of dogs (and cats) who use these products without problems.

 

If you do have a problem with any of these spot-on products I’m sure the EPA would like to hear from you.  You can contact Doug Parsons, 202-564-0341 / parsons.douglas@epa.gov.  I use Frontline Plus for my dogs and we’ve never had any problems.  We’ve been using it for years.  I put some on my dogs just a few weeks ago and I’ll be buying some more soon.

 

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