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EPA looking into flea and tick treatments

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A warning this morning for pet owners on popular flea and tick products.

The EPA says the treatment kills hundreds of cats and dogs every year; it will develop stricter testing for what's known as 'spot-on' flea and tick products for pets.

Vets say they're perfectly safe, but only if used correctly.

"You've got to put it right on the skin," said veterinarian Melana Martens, D.V.M.

And not doing that is part of the problem.  

Its a pesticide you are putting on your dog or cats skin to kill the ticks and fleas.

The EPA doesn't have a problem with the products, it has a problem with the instructions - they are not always clear and could cause problems for your pets.

"You just get into trouble when you have a really small dog and you are putting a 100 pound dog's dose on a 5 pound chihuahua," said Martens.

Right now the EPA is reviewing product labels, trying to make directions simple and easy to understand.

We want to make it clear that none of these products have been recalled.

Just be careful when reading the directions and check with your vet if you need help.

It could mean the difference between life and death.

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