How Safe Are Flea Products?
Have you ever wondered why drug companies tell you their flea products are entirely safe for your pet, yet the labels on the products tell you to wear gloves when applying and wash immediately if the product comes into contact with your own skin? I mean really – how safe ARE flea products?
Why is it okay to put several drops on your dog’s skin, but not one drop on your skin? Are flea products safe for your dog if they contain toxic chemicals?
It’s my personal opinion that flea products containing toxic chemicals can’t be safe for our pets.
On the other hand, the flea infestation seems to be getting worse in some areas. If something isn’t done to prevent them from taking over residency on our pets, we end up paying vet bills for anemia, skin irritations and more.
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Do Flea Collars Work For Dogs?
There is one product on the market, a flea collar, that seems to be working really well. It’s called Seresto and is a collar that stays on your dog or cat for up to 8 months.
It takes a few days for it to start working, but once it does, your flea problem should disappear.
But beware when using it. The fact is that it works well. And it is supposedly non-toxic to dogs.
Unfortunately, some dogs seem to be sensitive to it and may end up getting sick or having a skin reaction from the collar.
My suggestion is to try it if nothing else seems to be working. Just keep an eye on your dog while the flea collar is on. If you notice any unusual change in his behavior, health or skin, remove it.
It’s expensive, but because it lasts several months, it’s actually less expensive than other flea products.
Most other flea collars that have pesticide sprayed onto them. This has embedded within the material of the collar the active ingredient of Advantage plus an ingredient that kills and repels ticks.
What About Other Flea Products Such As Frontline?
I remember a spokesperson for Frontline a few years ago explaining that it was a perfectly safe product, that no toxins get into the pet’s system, that the poison that kills the fleas simply travels along the surface of the skin.
She was pretty convincing.
But how can it travel along the surface of the skin and not get into the blood stream? Blood feeds the skin.
Whatever toxins are seeping into the pores of the skin are also being carried into the blood stream.
And although these toxic flea control drops seemed to work well when they first came out, they don’t seem to be working as well now, a few years later.
Being around other people’s dogs every day, I’ve seen many frustrated owners who have been faithfully using topical flea control monthly only to have their dogs still covered with fleas.
I have read many heartbreaking stories of pets who have had terrible reactions after being treated with today’s most popular chemical flea and tick killers.
- aggressive behavior
- stiffened limbs
- lack of coordination
- loss of appetite
- excessive whining or crying
- labored breathing
What Toxic Ingredients to Watch Out For
Many of the products we have been using on our pets for years such as the liquid drops of Advantage, Bio-Spot, and Frontline, to name a few, contain one or more of the following active ingredients:
or inert ingredients:
Laboratory testing was done over the course of a decade to determine toxicology and morbidity results. These tests were performed by:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Extension Toxicology Network
- N.A. Pesticide Action Network
and other organizations.
According to laboratory testing and results, Fipronil, which is in Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Plus, is a neurotoxin and is suspected of being a cancer agent to humans.
It can cause kidney damage, thyroid cancer, liver toxicity, high cholesterol, miscarriages or stunted offspring, lack of coordination and difficulty breathing. Wikipedia explains the toxicity of Fipronil.
This is just one example. Any of the active ingredients previously mentioned in these products can harm our dogs and cats.
Natural Flea Products For Dogs
So what do you do if you have a flea problem but don’t want to use harsh chemicals found in unsafe flea products on your pet? There has to be a safe way to get rid of fleas.
There is. In fact, if you click on this link => natural flea products for dogs you’ll find a natural product made from cedar oil that works great for killing fleas.
The way these natural remedies work is by blocking the octopamine of the flea, which is kind of like its adrenalin, so that it simply can’t function and then dies.
This octopamine blocker is an oil extracted from certain plants which have a natural defense against bugs, and then used as the active ingredient in the product.
Here are some more natural flea products:
Natural Pet Spray for Dogs & Cats – Tick + Flea & Insect Repellant with Lemongrass & CitronellaWondercide Natural Flea & Tick Control for Pets Home – Cedar & Lemongrass – 16 ozDr. Mercola Natural Flea and Tick Defense – A Repellant To Help Protect Your Pet From Fleas
Using natural products keeps everyone safe and happy and gets rid of the flea problem.
What Else Can You Do To Get Rid of Fleas?
A few things may help keep the fleas at bay:
- Keep your dog clean with regular baths
- Run a flea comb through the hair on short-haired dogs
- Use an undercoat rake to get dead hair off of long-haired dogs
- Feed high quality food with added supplements
- Spray your yard with a flea killer
- Use cedar dog bedding
Whether you use natural or chemical flea products, the main thing is the health and well-being of your dog.
There is no absolute definitive guide to how safe flea products are. I think it somewhat depends on the individual dog.
Just like people, some dogs are more sensitive to chemicals than others.
I do know, however, the devastation fleas can cause not only to your pets, but also to your family and home.
If you’re struggling with a flea problem, keep trying until you find something that works – for your sake and your dog’s.
Have you found a non-toxic flea control product or compound that works for you? Let us know in the comments below.