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SPOT-ON Pesticide Products for Flea & Tick Removal (March 2010)

The EPA recently announced it is taking a series of actions to increase awareness about the use of the agents. From March 17, 2010 press release:

"Due to a significant increase in adverse incidents, EPA is taking a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. Next, EPA will develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions. In dogs and cats that can include skin effects, such as irritation, redness, or gastrointestinal problems that include vomiting or diarrhea, or effects to the nervous system, such as trembling, appearing depressed or seizures—from pet spot-on products.

"Following the 2008 increase in incident reports, EPA received additional information from the pet spot-on pesticide registrants and others and began an intensive evaluation of these products. Today, EPA is reporting the results of this evaluation, and taking steps to address the spike in reported incidents. Among the steps:

▲ Requiring manufacturers of spot-on pesticide products to improve labeling, making instructions clearer to prevent product misuse.
▲ Requiring more precise label instructions to ensure proper dosage per pet weight.
▲ Requiring clear markings to differentiate between dog and cat products, and disallowing similar brand names for dog and cat products. Similar names may
have led to misuse. 

The EPA added: "While most people use the products with no harm to their pets, the agency's analysis determined that smaller dogs tend to be disproportionately affected by some products and that the exposure of cats to some dog products is a concern.

"People should carefully follow label directions and monitor their pets for any signs of an adverse reaction after application, particularly when using these products for the first time." "EPA recommends that owners consult a veterinarian about the best way to protect their pets from fleas and ticks or whether pesticides are needed, especially before using any product on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.''

TSG is actively monitoring the EPA as they continue to move forward with their actions to review spot-on pesticide products for cats and dogs.

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