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OTC Flea Treatment: ABC News report

May 29th, 2009, 01:00 PM
The ABC Nightly News last night (5/28) had a report regarding potential hazards of over-the-counter topical flea treatment products. Apparently, there has been a dramatic increase in pet poisonings over the last couple of years. Just wanted to share:


The consensus by the "industry" producing the product is "user error". The report did not seem to include vet-prescribed topicals such as Advantix or Frontline.

This may be just more information to further confuse pet owners, but I wanted to share in case it could help others. I don't take stories presented by the US media as gospel, but I do think there may be more to this story.

May 30th, 2009, 03:10 AM
:eek: :eek:

It does sound like this is the non-vet prescribed stuff but I think we all need to remember that these are chemicals we are using and should only use them if absolutely necessary. I am especially wary of those products that deworm and kill fleas/ticks and although I have used them in the past I rarely apply more then once in a year (although I live in a lower risk area which helps) and usually apply less then the recommended dose.