|While the typical side effect to Frontline is skin reactions, its active
ingredient, fipronil, lists other potential concerns when used on
Skin problems – As stated earlier, fipronil can cause irritation to your dog’s skin.
This irritation can go beyond simple itching as the scratching can cause ulceration
and open sores and hair loss.
Nervous system damage – Fipronil is a neurotoxin, causing damage to the fleas’
nervous system. It can have the same effect on your dog, causing symptoms such
as seizures, body twitches, loss of appetite, unsteady gait and other effects.
Carcinogen – Fipronil has been shown to cause thyroid cancer in dogs. Because
of its carcinogenic qualities, it is important for the person applying the Frontline
product to thoroughly wash their hands as if dogs can get cancer from it, so can
Organ damage – Autopsies have shown an accumulation of fipronil in canine
livers and kidneys, causing an increase in organ weight. Fipronil has also been
shown to alter the levels of hormone secreted by the thyroid gland.
Infertility – Fipronil has also been shown to have an effect on a dog’s fertility. Its
use has led to smaller litter size, difficulty in conception, decreased litter weights
and increase in litter deaths.
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|Each year, Americans purchase and apply to their pets a vast array of toxic
dusts and more. Many consumers probably assume that the products they
use have been subjected to rigorous testing, and must be safe. After all,
how could the government let deadly poisons be sold on grocery store
shelves without applying stringent standards?
The simple truth, however, is that the poisons in many of these products
are not safe, either for pets or humans. Government regulation of these
products has been sketchy, and testing of their impact in the home has
been inadequate. The result is that many of the products sold by the
millions in grocery, drug and pet supply stores, even when applied as
instructed on the box, can cause serious health consequences to pets and
Children, and particularly toddlers, are especially vulnerable for two
reasons. First, their nervous systems are still developing, so the
organophosphates can do greater and more lasting damage. Second,
children's normal behavior brings them in close contact with their pets, and
therefore to any poisons applied to those pets. In particular, toddlers'
hand-to-mouth tendencies make it easy for toxins to be ingested, and not
just by petting the family dog and then putting their hands in their mouths.
Because children spend their time where the toxins from pet products tend
to accumulate -- crawling on rugs, playing with pet toys, touching
accumulations of household dust, and more -- they are likely to come in
contact with these poisons even when they do not touch their pet.
As bad as these products may be for pet owners and caregivers, they often
are worse for the pets themselves. Based on the very data available, it
appears that hundreds and probably thousands of pets have been injured
or killed through exposure to pet products containing pesticides.
|"When you take into account the billions and billions of doses that are used,
how big a percentage is 34,000 compared to billions?" Veterinarian David
Koncal, DVM asked.
"I'd be willing to bet that 99 percent of the adverse reactions that are
reported, there is something else going on in that animal that created that
demise. It's just a coincidence the flea product was used on them," Koncal
Does Dr. Koncal think we don't know that it's not something going on with
our pet that is causing this? Merial itself denies it?
|Merial blames us for putting the wrong dosage on our pets. Merial blames us
for using other pesticides in our home. Merial blames our pets from being ill
when Frontline was applied. WE KNOW THEY ARE WRONG.
THEY BLAME EVERYONE BUT THEMSELVES.
|Veterinarians are the most important player not only for
your pet's health, but also for the drugmakers.
The AVMA, the nation's largest association of
veterinarians, with 85,000 members, accepts hundreds
of thousands of dollars a year from drugmakers for its
The AVMA said the conference's largest contributors,
recognized as "Diamond Partners," generally gave
more than $200,000, and lower-level contributors gave
between $25,000 and $150,000.
Who are the big contributors? The Diamond Partners
at the Chicago convention were drugmakers Zoetis
and Merial, along with Hill's Pet Nutrition, a maker of
specialty animal food.
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|WE HAVE AN INTERSTING STORY FROM DOGS
NATURALLY MAGAZINE: WHY ARE DRUG MAKERS
TARGETING OUR PETS
|PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN USING ESSENTIAL
OILS. THESE OILS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS: