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CONSUMER WARNING ALERT FROM EPA CONSUMER AFFAIRS...
Increased Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Control Products for Pets
Updated June 23, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intensifying its
evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control due
to recent increases in the number of reported adverse reactions in pets
treated with these products. Adverse reactions reported range from mild
effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as
seizures and, in some cases, death of the pet.
Flea and tick products can be appropriate treatments for protecting
your pets and your family’s
health because fleas and ticks can transmit disease. While many people
use the products with no harm to their pets, EPA recommends that pet
owners take precautions when using these products. 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. Also, before use of these products on
weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant or nursing pets, or on pets that
have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products, EPA
recommends that a veterinarian be consulted. Additional safety tips are
available for taking care of fleas and ticks on your pet.
Pets may experience adverse reactions from flea and tick control
products, including spot-on treatments, sprays, collars and shampoos.
However, the majority of reports to EPA are related to flea and tick
treatments with EPA-registered spot-on products. Spot-on products are
generally sold in tubes or vials and are applied to one or more
localized areas on the body of the pet, such as in between the
shoulders or in a stripe along the back.
List of Registered Products
EPA has provided a listing of EPA-registered spot-on flea and tick products (10 pp, 63k, About PDF).
Since the chart previously located on this page reflected only a
portion of the numerous pet spot-on products available, EPA felt that
pet owners and consumers might be led to believe that only those
products listed were the focus of concern. In fact, EPA is intensifying
its evaluation of all spot-on products and is providing a more
comprehensive list of these products.
EPA is not initiating a product recall of these products nor is the
Agency suggesting that the products not be used. EPA recognizes the
importance of the products in effective flea and tick control. EPA’s
objective at this stage is simply to advise consumers and pet owners to
exercise caution when using the products and to monitor pet behavior
following their use, as some animals have experienced adverse reactions
Regulatory Agencies are Taking Action
EPA is evaluating all available data and information, including:
- reports of adverse reactions,
- product market share,
- clarity of product use directions and label warnings,
- product ingredients, and
- pre-market safety data submitted to the Agency in support of registration of these products
This assessment may result in EPA action to require changes in the
registration status of certain spot-on products. EPA will be working
collaboratively with Health Canada to address this issue, as Canadian
regulatory officials have identified similar concerns about the use of
spot-on flea and tick products. EPA will be updating this page
periodically to provide the public with the most current information on
Health Canada has identified similar concerns about the use of
spot-on flea and tick products. EPA and Health Canada met with product
manufacturers to begin discussions about this issue. Read about the May 5, 2009 EPA spot-on meeting with registrants (20 pp, 2.9 MB, About PDF).
For more information
For more information, please visit EPA's Pesticides Q&A databa