In this article:
- Active Ingredients in Veterinarian Prescribed or Pet-Store Insect, Parasite Preventatives and Treatments;
- Why Would a Veterinarian Prescribe Something That was Not Good For Your Dog, Cat;
- What the EPA is Saying About Theses Products;
- Your Dog’s, Cat’s Best Defence;
- Why The Life Span of Our Dogs and Cats Has Declined Rather Than Increased Since the 1950’s;
- Overuse, Parasite Acquired Immunity and Loss of Efficacy;
- Typical Pesticides Used, Side Effects and Cautions;
- Do Your Own Research and If Your Risk Assessment Says You Must Use Chemical-Based Preventatives Take Appropriate Action to Offset The Toxins
- DIY Alternate Preventatives and Treatments - Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic
Important questions to consider….
- Should you use conventional chemical-based oral and/or topical preventatives and treatments obtained from your veterinarian or pet store, or;
- Should you adopt a holistic approach?
- If you do choose to use chemical-based preventatives should you be doing something to offset- the harm done to your dog’s, cat's system by the chemicals?
- And if so, what can you do?
The option you choose can affect your companion animal’s health in many ways…
Before you decide to put your dog or cat on any type of commercially manufactured flea, tick heartworm, mange or other parasite prevention there are some things you should consider...
Active Ingredients in Veterinarian Prescribed or Pet-Store Insect, Parasite Preventatives and Treatments
The active ingredients in chemical-based preventatives and treatments are strong pesticides. While these products are marketed and sold to keep your dog, cat free of parasites (i.e. heartworm, fleas, ticks and works) and related diseases (i.e. lime disease from ticks, heartworm from mosquito) the active ingredients in these products can do more harm than good..
Conventional commercially manufactured parasite/insect preventatives - off-the-shelf or veterinarian-prescribed, include a warning not to touch the product with your bare hands and/or to wash your hands/skin immediately after contact.
If you take a second to consider the warning it should trouble you that the substance that is intended to remain on your dog’s, cat's skin/fur or be orally ingested by your dog/cat is not safe for you to touch. Unfortunately the majority of commercially produced products (oral and topical preventatives) - designed to protect your dog from fleas, ticks, heartworm, worms and other parasites, contain powerful chemical-based pesticides and other toxic / carcinogenic ingredients. Sure these chemicals kill parasites, but the problem is they also put your dog’s and cat's health at grave risk.
Pet stores and veterinarians (modern veterinarian medicine as opposed toholistic veterinarian medicine) sell many products to help control fleas, ticks, worms. Any of these products that are chemical based pose an immediate and ongoing threat to the health of your companion animal. Not only are the chemical-based active ingredients in these products health threatening, but as well many of the other ingredients (i.e. artificial colours, foaming agents, suspension agents, etc. are known to cause respiratory problems, hair loss, skin irritation, tremors, vomiting, permanent nerve damage, liver failure, cancer and death.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 65% of adverse drug reactions and 48% of all reported deaths resulting from drug reactions are caused by heartworm preventatives.
|Examples of Spot-on Flea, Tick Preventatives|
- Topical Interventions:
- Flea Collars;
- Direct Spray-on Applications for Dogs and Cat;
- Topically Applied Drops (also known as ‘spot on’);
- Household Carpet, Upholstery and Yard Sprays.
- Ingested Interventions:
- Pills, Tablets, Injections.