They may be tiny little buggers, but fleas and tick take a bite out of your dog’s happy life. But keeping your dog critter-free is a bigger responsibility than most pet-people realize. Not only are there an overwhelming number of flea and tick products on the market, but also the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) warns that “these products may contain ingredients that could harm pets and children.” In fact, the HSUS reports “at least 1,600 pet deaths related to spot on treatments with pyrethroids were reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the last five years.” That’s why it’s critical to consult your vet before starting your pet on any flea and tick control products and read the labels. The HSUS and EPA both provide detailed information on what to look for on the list of product ingredients.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is also stepping up to help protect pets. They recognized the need for consumer information since “many Americans believe that commercially available pesticides, such as those found in pet products, are tightly regulated by the government. In fact, they are not.” Fortunately for us, the NRDC created GreenPaws.org.

Go to GreenPaws.org to get the “Poison on Pets” report and check out the safety and potential health risks of brand name products you may already be using. You’ll find which chemicals are not safe for pets or human, and whether the toxicity is linked to cancer, allergies, asthma or endocrine disorders. The site even offers a free pet wallet guide listing product chemicals to avoid, to use sparingly as well as those to use safely when needed. And to help us turn information into action, the NRDC offers a free Green Paws Action Kit. Loaded with fact sheets and window decals for your groomers, kennel, and pet service providers, it’s the first step to keeping pets safe and getting dangerous pet products off the market. Request your Green Paws Action Kit to start barking for a safer world for our pets, our kids and our environment.

 

The Scoop:

GreenPaws.org, a green living initiative by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
www.greenpaws.org

 

Precautions to be taken to reduce the risks to pets and humans during the flea season from the HSUS.
www.hsus.org/fleasandticks

Information to know before purchasing and applying pesticide products to pets to control fleas and ticks from the EPA
www.epa.gov/fleasandticks