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Old 06-17-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Toxic Effects of Flea Medication | eHow.com................http://www.dogandcatvitamins.com/saf...-tick-control/........there are many more sites on the toxicity of flea medications(insect pesticides) that are harming our pets....
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Toxic Effects of Flea Medication | eHow.com................Safe Flea and Tick Control........there are many more sites on the toxicity of flea medications(insect pesticides) that are harming our pets....
An eHow article with no supporting data or verifiable cites, and apparently written by someone who is touting an unproven commercial product is hardly evidence of anything.....

Anyone can write for eHow/partner (or used to be able to) but even their paid writers - I have written thousands of articles for them for pay - don't have verified credentials, are minimally and sloppily fact-checked and the information in any content mill site is questionable at best. The author of that article claims to be a veterinarian but doesn't even give his or her name....LOL I guarantee you that was not written by a vet.

It was written by someone who is trying to get exposure and link-clicks for an expensive product that doesn't even have ingredients listed, supporting study or data...it's undoubtedly worthless, I assure you. That's the entire raison d'etre for that anonymous content article.

I searched the FDA and .edu/veterinary databases for anything, no matter how tenuous, that supports your claim, and came up empty-handed; and I am a pretty good researcher. I think you may want to concede defeat on this one. (Although it's quite probable that some of the OTC products are not only basically worthless but have some very worriseome side-effects. But that's not what you were referring to.)

PS catsmom - my bad and right you are.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Edit to add; I found the ingredients for that stuff on the site - but the information given didn't reveal the source or type of the chemicals (silica acid and red cedar oil were the only two ingredients listed.)

"DeservingPets" the "veterinarian" (LOL) who wrote that article was pushing a product that is 90 percent silica/salt acid (used for a lot of things, from food preservatives to insecticides to aspirin to acne treatments (and not necessarily a safe product depending on the form - it's not recommended for pregnant women) and red cedar oil, which has plenty of industrial/commercial uses as well as an insect repellant, floor polish, aromatherapy, commercial air fresheners and perfume base (methyl thujate and thujic acid, if you want to look it up.) It's generally considered non-toxic, but in order to kill fleas and ticks ther animal has to be soaked in the product on a regular basis, according to the application instructions on the site. Presumably the same would apply to any oil - vegetable oil, lard, baby oil, motor oil - fleas and ticks will asphyxiate when soaked in oil, regardless of type. Seems like a sneaky way to relieve people of a bunch of money for vegetable oil and inert salt acids....

Also it's not a very "green" product (for those who care about such things) because any type of wood oil by definition involves the felling of a whole lot of trees; the oils are then chemically extracted but the oil-extraction process is slow and a 100-year-old tree doesn't yield that much oil.
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