The love we feel for our pet dogs and cats should be enough. Why do fleas and lice also like to get into that beloved fur? But that’s what happens, and health-conscious owners face the conundrum of getting rid of the pests without poisoning our pets. It is, pardon the expression, a real head-scratcher.
Not all flea and tick products are created equal. While most pet owners already know the cardinal rule —never use use a dog treatment on a cat, and vice versa — the Humane Society also points that owners should learn to recognize the symptoms of poisoning by these treatments.
If a bad treament is used on a pet, side effects may include salivating, dilated pupils, tremors, vomiting, hiding, shivering and skin irritation. Any pet owner should consult the National Resources Defense Council analysis of the present risks.
The EPA also points out that responsible parents should not allow toddlers — or any child under the age of 6 — to get their hands in the fur of animal that has been recently treated. A flea collar containing dichlorvos (DDVP), for instance, can present a danger to a toddler who pets the dog and then licks his or her hands.