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Flea and Tick Treatment - Is It Safe?

Flea & Tick Treatments – Are You & Your Family Safe?

The Flea and Tick Season is with us. Pet owners will be rushing to their veterinarian to buy their generic chemical tick and flea treatments to ensure that their pets are protected for the summer parasite season.


This suggests that:
  • Firstly, they have forgotten that they should have continued the treatment through the winter. The flea problem is not seasonal.
  • Secondly, they will have forgotten that the chemicals they are buying are very toxic and, in many cases, equally harmful to man & beast! They should be considering the alternatives!

The Risks

Fleas are obnoxious and if you’ve seen your pet scratching a lot or, worse yet, are bitten yourself, you know how itchy and uncomfortable the jumpy little insects can be. However, when it comes to treatment, spot-on treatments, flea collars and sprays may seem like easy solutions, but they often contain chemicals that can harm your pets, your children and you.

When used as directed, many flea and tick formulations are safe, but two alarmingly toxic chemicals are found in some products. Called tetrachlorvinphos (TVCP) and propoxur these chemicals are potentially harmful to pets and their owners. The humans at greatest risk from these chemicals are young children, especially toddlers who spend a lot of time hugging, stroking, and sleeping with their pets. Children also have developing neurological systems that may be more vulnerable to toxic chemicals.

TCVP and other chemicals in the family known as organophosphates are also suspected of being linked to problems including impulsivity, hyperactivity and learning disabilities in children.

According to an NRDC (National Research Development Council) study published in 2009. The study found that after three days, 100 percent of pets wearing a propoxur flea collar and 50 percent of pets wearing a TCVP collar had enough chemical on their fur to exceed the EPA’s* acceptable dose level for toddlers. This dose level is based on two hours exposure to his or her pet a day. But many children spend eight or more hours a day with their pets (including when sleeping), and many children have more than one pet, so a child’s exposure can be much higher than EPA* (see footnote) models predict.

Many consumers assume that whatever is on store shelves must be 100% safe for use around pets and children. But both these chemicals have significant health risks.

In the USA, although still allowed for use in flea collars, propoxur has been banned for use in homes to control other pests.

The USA is not the only country aware of these risks and to act on them. In 2012 nearly 60 flea collars were withdrawn from sale in France, over fears they posed a danger to humans, particularly children. The Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire watchdog withdrew the permit for the sale of collars containing the chemicals dimpylate (or diazinon), Propoxur and TCVP.

Agency director Jean-Pierre Orand told Sciences et Avenir magazine: “We looked at several criteria and noted people’s change in behaviour towards their pets, marked by increasingly close and shared contact, especially the fact many children sleep with their cat or dog!”

The Elderly & Visually Impaired

We should not omit to mention the unique situation of the elderly and the Visually Impaired members of our community. These two groups are very dependent on canine companions.

The Elderly very often have a pet dog as a companion when they are on their own. Dogs also have the additional role of being a guardian as well as a companion.

With the elderly the problem is, in some respects, similar to that with children. The elderly tend to be close to their dogs and often have them on their laps or in their beds. The elderly are more prone to react negatively to the toxins than their younger family members. This can be exacerbated by the actual application of the spot-on chemical to the dog or the handling of an anti-parasite collar. Applying the treatment exposes the owner to the risk of the contact of the toxin to the skin, which can cause discomfort. If the fingers touch the eyes or the chemical is ingested the problems can be far greater.

The Visually Impaired have different, problems unique to Guide Dogs. What is certain is that these dogs do require treatment like all other dogs and that the risks of the treatment will be exaggerated compared to other dog owners. The dependant owner will be exposed to these toxins as, by the very nature of the use of these remarkable dogs, he/she will be in close proximity to their guide 24 hours a day.

Costs

If the agencies responsible for the Companion Dog service, visit the owners of the dogs every month to renew the spot-on anti-parasite treatments the risk is reduced. However, 24 month treatment would be far more effective both in manpower & cost terms.

These treatments are not cheap and will add up to a very significant financial cost for the both the elderly & the companion dog owner (private or charity). The elderly may not even be able to afford 12 months treatment for their pet.

The Solution

There is only one product that can provide the solution to all these issues, whether with young children, adults, the elderly or the visually impaired. This is the CatanDog’s Anti-parasite Tag. It is Safe, Convenient & Costeffective. Pet owners spend millions of dollars each year on flea and tick treatment products that at best provide a temporary solution to the problem and at worst endanger the health of their animals – and even their families.

By contrast, CatanDog’s offers has the following benefits:
  • One-off, no-fuss treatment that lasts for up to 2 years
  • Huge cost savings – up to 80% – over conventional treatments
  • Non-toxic and safe for all, including young children, the elderly and the visually impaired.
  • Safe for use on puppies and kittens, sick or pregnant pets.

CatanDog’s comes with certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and certain pharmaceutical agencies in the EU.



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