Toxins in Flea & Tick Repellent Damaging Your Dog’s Health?

Toxins in Flea & Tick Repellent Damaging Your Dog’s Health?

We all like to keep our furry-friends safe from inside and outside parasites, but do we harm their health in the process?

There are many different kinds of flea and tick repellent on the market we can choose from. Some have better results then others. Some are easier to apply then than others.  But did you ever looked at what’s in those chemicals?

Did you know, that most of these toxins contain the same insecticides used for lawn maintenance and commercial agriculture?

Did you know, that many of these chemicals linked to serious diseases, such as cancer?

More and more people are buying organic foods and products these days. It’s because consumers are becoming increasingly aware about the dangers of pesticide and insecticide residue when it comes to human health.

The most important fact to know as a pet owner is that the same basic chemicals used in agriculture are also in many flea and tick pet products.

Following just a few of the chemical toxins to watch out for:

#1: Imidacloprid
Over 400 household products contain this insecticide, including many pet flea and tick treatments. The U.S. EPA maintains that there is no connection between Imidacloprid and cancer.
However, the Natural Resources Defense Council recently recommended that the EPA review its stance since Imidacloprid has been linked to some cancers.1 The National Pesticide Information Center also points out a connection between exposure to Imidacloprid and reproductive issues in rats.2

#2: Fipronil
Fipronil is an insecticide and a parasiticide that is used to kill adult fleas and larvae, ticks, and chewing lice. It is the main ingredient for many topical pet products, including Frontline®.
A meta-analysis conducted by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority found “several areas of concern in the use of fipronil-containing products,”3 including risk of alopecia, pruritus and heart erythema as well as dermatitis in some animals (in response to topical use). They also caution against using fipronil on very small animals like guinea pigs and rabbits.Research has also discovered that long-term use caused thyroid dysregulation as well as thyroid tumors in both female and male rats. Fipronil is classified as a “possible human carcinogen” by the EPA.4

#3: Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO). PBO might not be listed as one of the ingredients in your pet’s commercial flea and tick repellent, but more than likely it is in there somewhere. PBO is used in conjunction with over 700 different insecticides to enhance their effectiveness.
A recent study conducted by Duke University5 found that PBO can break down the biological signaling crucial for neurological developments in fetuses. Spectra Shield Medallions™ and Ovitrol Plus™ are just two of the brands that contain PBO.

Of course, these are just three of the MANY insecticidal chemicals used in pet flea and tick products. Others include permethrin, methoprene, pyriproxyfen, and other categories of aryl heterocycles. Each contain their own risk factors for both humans and pets, so be sure to do your homework before you buy.

In response to massive adverse reaction complaints, the EPA issued an order in 2009 that commercial flea and tick companies list ingredients on their products. This is a step in the right direction, but the requirement still does not prevent manufacturers from using these harmful or untested substances.6 Be wary of any chemical ingredients, especially if they contain a risk of cancer for you and your pet.

1 NRDC to EPA: Red Flags on Imidacloprid Health Risks
2 Imidacloprid
3 Safety of Fipronil in Dogs and Cats
4 Fipronil
5 Duke Study Confirms Toxicity of Widely Used Pesticide Ingredient
6 EPA Orders Clearer Labels, Instructions on Pet Topical Flea, Tick Products

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  1. My dog gets only the best. Thank you for providing natural tick repellent we can both use safely.

  2. Superb points, thank you for the article.

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