If you’re like millions of pet owners, you care about the health of your furry friends as though they’re members of your family.
So, it’s understandable if you’ve purchased flea-control collars, sprays, topical solutions and other commercial repellents to keep those nasty fleas and ticks at bay. But while you mean well, the truth is you may be unwittingly poisoning your pets and putting the health of your family at risk.
According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), most of the leading flea-control collars and other repellents contain potentially harmful pesticides that are linked to serious health issues in both pets and people.
Many of those chemicals end up in your pet’s blood stream after being inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin, and are linked to a wide variety of health issues, even cancer.
The Many Perils of Chemical Flea Collars and Other Repellents
Pet care, including flea and tick control, is a $21 billion dollar industry. And, just because a brand is established, sold in the major stores, and known doesn’t mean that its products are safe.
Pet owners have been reporting that their pets are suffering serious health issues due to commercial flea and tick repellents for decades. Some of the most common chemicals that are cause for concern include permethrin, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP), cyphenothrin, phenothrin and propoxur, all of which have been scientifically proven to be harmful to dogs, cats and humans.
TCVP belongs to a known group of nerve-damaging chemicals referred to as organophosphates. Propoxur has been shown to cause nerve damage, and it’s on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
The National Pesticide Information Center is regularly flooded with calls from pet owners complaining that dogs and cats wearing flea collars showed symptoms such as loss of appetite, skin irritation, lethargy, neurological problems, gastrointestinal disorders, vomiting, twitching, organ failure and even death.
A Health Risk to Children?
If you have kids who play with your pets, you should possibly be even more concerned. Chemical flea collars remain on the market despite warnings by the EPA and NRDC that kids who pet animals and then put their hands in their mouths end up ingesting dangerous pesticides.
Flea collars leave enough residue to pose a danger of cancer and neurological damage to toddlers and children -- 1,000 times higher than safe levels. You see, young children are more vulnerable to pesticides as their nervous systems and brains are still developing. As a result, they’re less able to metabolize those chemicals is than adults.
Residue from toxic flea collars also ends up in all the places your pets hang out, including on your furniture where your children and other family members spend time. And kids come into even closer contact with toxic pesticides each time they play with their furry friends.
Propoxur is particularly toxic to children’s developing nervous system, and can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, muscle twitching, respiratory paralysis, seizures, sweating and even cancer.
A public health scientist at the National Resources Defense Council reported that children who come into contact with pesticides on their pet’s coat could develop ADHD and other learning disabilities.
Pesticide Residue Contaminates Your Home
Flea and tick collars leave a dangerous chemical residue in your pet’s fur and can remain on the furniture throughout your home for weeks.
The Natural Resources Defense Council tested flea and tick collars to learn how the chemicals were leaching out. They conducted a test by applying a powder that glows under a UV light to the animal’s neck where a flea collar normally sits.
The testers discovered the residue easily spread throughout the environment to furniture, rugs, curtains, children’s toys, clothing and on humans.
EPA Issues Advisory
If you think topical or spot-on products might be safer for your pets than flea collars, think again!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning about spot-on chemical pesticide products for flea and tick control. Over 44,000 serious adverse reactions and 600 deaths were linked to topical products containing pesticides, and were widely reported by veterinarians, pet owners, and other animal caretakers
. Some of the adverse reactions for both cats and dogs included itching, hair loss, sores, vomiting, diarrhea, ulcers, weakness, tremors, nervousness, movement problems, tremors, seizures and more.
The good news in all of this?
There are actually a number of things you can do to help keep your pets flea and tick free safely. Including using a supplement like Guardian’s Choice Natural Flea Deterrent, which helps protect your dog or cat naturally, effectively, and safely.
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The best part? You’ll have complete peace of mind knowing your furry friends and family aren’t putting their health at risk by being exposed to dangerous chemicals.
There’s absolutely no risk of harmful side effects! Read more to discover how Guardian’s Choice Natural Flea Deterrent is so effective at safely protecting pets from nasty critters: