Pets and PesticidesPosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on March 4, 2009
Flea and tick season are fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about how to combat these pests to keep our pets comfortable, safe and healthy. In years past, I’ve been diligent about regularly applying topical flea and tick control to both my cats and dogs during the time of year when these pests are at their worst. However, more and more information is coming out about the dangers of these pesticide products, which has me reconsidering my use of them.
I encourage everyone to visit the Center for Public Integrity’s website Perils of the New Pesticides, which looks at the safety of flea and tick products for our pets. The site examines the potential danger flea products pose to humans and shares stories about reactions pets have had when certain products have been used. In their article "Pet Owners Find Little Comfort in Court," ALDF Founder and General Counsel Joyce Tischler talks about the legal options available when your pet had been harmed by one of these products.
So what’s the answer to keeping our pets pest-free? I’m still looking into that, but I did find this information from Dr. Michael Fox helpful. He discusses natural ways to keep our dogs and cats comfortable and safe.