by June 23, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,420 0

Lupe, Borderstan

If your dog spends a lot of time running in the grass and woods, you should know your options for flea and tick control. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tori Tyree

It’s no surprise to my readers that I am not a big fan of chemicals anywhere near my animals. I constantly urge people to avoid pet foods with chemicals and I am not a fan of toys that are made of plastic. Moreover, I waver about the use of some vaccinations, and I pretty much never use monthly flea and tick repellents.

In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was “intensifying its evaluation and closely monitoring the use of topical flea and tick products on pets.” The flea and tick killers under the most intense scrutiny are commonly known as “spot-on” treatments, but all flea and tick products are of interest.

This announcement was in response to more than 44,000 potential adverse reactions to spot-on flea and tick products reported in 2008. You can read the full EPA report, which was last updated February 2011.

I realize that D.C. summers are bad for fleas and ticks, and protection is important! The important thing to know is that there are alternatives.



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