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EPA seeks to improve safety after increase in harm to dogs, cats

The EPA said it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments that are applied to a pet’s skin. The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products.

The EPA’s effort follows increasing complaints from pet owners that the “spot-on” products have triggered reactions in dogs and cats, ranging from skin irritation to neurological problems to deaths. Cats and small dogs appear particularly vulnerable, the EPA said, especially when given products intended for larger animals.

There is more, but basically if you give a cat meds meant for dog, you will have problems. If you give a 10 lb dog meds for a 60 lb dog, you will have problems. Sounds to me like a lot of people who do not read the packaging and instructions! What do you think?


Asked by 29again at 7:21 PM on Mar. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The gov't is going to tell us what and how to do everything, because we are all so very stupid...

    (This is Interesting, "spot on" pet products which are applied to the exterior skin can cause neurological problems and death but there is no correlation that vaccines can cause neurological problems, which can cause Autism for babies and toddlers ...)


    Answer by agentwanda at 9:54 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • So they can't find enough ways to add costs to things we can't already afford. I swear these people think they are gods gift to man.
    All knowing and ready to come to the rescue

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 7:28 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • I don't understand why people think they can put chemicals on their pets and none of them would ever have a reaction. I'm not saying don't use the products, that's a personal decision. Common sense, however, says that anytime you give medicine or put chemicals on the skin, you can have a reaction.

    Answer by CorrinaWithrow at 7:29 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • An YES, people need to read the directions!


    Answer by agentwanda at 9:56 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • We used to have an outdoor cat, and we bought the Hartz flea spot treatment. We are experienced, loving pet owners who followed the directions exactly as they were on the packaging. Our poor kitty nearly died. It obviously affected his neurological system. He didn't eat for days, and shook and trembled uncontrollably. He also had a little foamy saliva coming from his mouth. It was just awful. Thankfully, he recovered with no lasting effects, but it was terribly scary when it happened. After doing some research, I found many other pet owners whose animals had the same reactions to this product.
    We took our cat to our vet and got Advantage instead, which worked wonderfully and didn't cause any side effects. I would never, ever use one of those off-the-shelf spot treatments again.

    Answer by vicesix at 8:53 AM on Mar. 19, 2010