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Flea and Tick Medications Harming Tens of Thousands of Pets
Due to an alarming increase in reports of injuries suffered by pets in the past few years due to the use of flea and tick control products, the Environmental Protection Agency reported on March 17, 2010 that they are planning to take stricter measures in the marketing of these products. The pets affected are in the tens of thousands. The EPA received 44,263 reports of harm suffered by pets in 2008. This number of these reports was a drastic increase compared to 28,895 in 2007. Pet owners reported skin irritations, burns, welts, drooling, vomiting, seizures, disorientation, neurological problems, and death. It is estimated that 600 of these injuries resulted in death.
The EPA plans to develop
stricter testing methods,
together with assessing if
clearer usage instructions need
to be included on the labels.
Steve Owens, Assistant
Administrator of EPA's Office of
Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic
Substances, said that new
limitations will be placed on
flea and tick products, together
with possible product changes in
some of the product formulas.
Owens admitted the toxicity of
these products by stating,
"These are poisons. These are
products that are designed to
kill fleas and ticks - and they
do their jobs." He stated that
the EPA is committed to
protecting the safety and health
of families and their pets.
However, he warned that pet
owners must be careful and read
the labels, ensuring that they
follow precise instructions.
Some of the injuries have been
due to applying a product
designated for a dog to a cat
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