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Natural Flea Control Toxicity

Berichtdoor ~Joke~ » Wo 24 Mei 2006, 22:27

Dr. Linda Aronson is a vet who often writes with
Dr.Jean Dodds DVM.

Subject: Natural Flea Control Toxicity

Natural remedies are still generally considered safer than the
commercially
available products, although there has been a lot of publicity about
such
things as the liver and neurological toxicity resulting from the use
of oil
of
pennyroyal, which still shows up in many natural preparations and has
proven
fatal
to a large number of pets.
Generally the internal products - garlic, brewer's yeast are
relatively
safe, although brewer's yeast has been linked to an increase in ear
and skin
infections. However, there is little indication that they are
effective.
Greater problems arise from the use of topically applied products.
Essential oils applied to the skin can cause contact dermatitis and
allergic
reactions, oral application increases the risk of toxicity. Some
contain
salicylates
(aspirin like substances) and should not be used on cats. Eucalyptus,
pennyroyal, wormwood, camphor, fennel, hyssop, sage, savin, tansy,
thuja,
rosemary and
pine oils can all induce epileptic seizures. This risk is higher in
young
animals and those prone to seizures, but can happen in any animal.
Neem sprays are effective (they can reduce flea populations to zero
and
have residual reduction for up to 19 days) and less toxic, but recent
research in
animals has shown dose-related impairment of thyroid function and
hepatotoxicity, and in children oral ingestion has been reported to
lead to
toxic
encephalopathy. Dogs and other animals may of course lick topical
sprays
from their
coats.
Environmental flea-control applications of diatomaceous earth,
pyrethrins
and boric acid may also be dangerous. Inhalation of dust from
diatomaceous
earth can cause irritation of skin and the respiratory system and
ultimately
cause contact dermatitis (and asthma in people). Boric acid can be
fatal
causing
an acute gastroenteritis with diarrhea, vomiting, possible
dehydration and
lethargy. Subsequent concentration in brain and liver, can result in
agitation,
seizures and coma. Boric acid readily penetrates damaged skin, and is
completely and rapidly absorbed orally. If absorbed through the skin
a rash
is
usually seen, and two or three days later the skin sloughs off.
Be aware anything you use can be toxic, follow directions and use
only as
needed.
Linda



Fleas drown, so frequent bathing, and then use a growth retardant (so
the
eggs never grow up to lay eggs of their own) and vacuum, because most
of the
time (>95%) fleas are in the environment and not on the dogs. I've
not had
more
than the odd flea since my mother-in-law's dog died, and my mother-in-
law
herself died almost 8 years ago, so I don't do anything about them. If
there are
a lot of fleas on a dog, a single Capstar tablet will kill them all
within
30
minutes, but there is no residual effect so you also have to treat the
environment.
Linda


It is always wise to contact poison control even if you don't want to
discuss
the use of a natural product with your vet, they may be a more
reliable
source of information anyway, as a vet I can tell you I can't keep up
on
everything. Probably cj's boric acid eye solution is safe, although
I'd not
use it if a
dog had any eye problem like a corneal scratch. It's not really safe
to
assume though. Most of the ear cleaning products on the market are
toxic
and not
meant to be put in the ear. I just read a report in a veterinary
journal on
the use of the Miracle blue ear cleaner (with gentian violet)
recommending
it's
daily use (two full flushes a time) and yet recently read a refereed
report
on the high ototoxicity of gentian violet and recommending it not be
used in
ear cleaning products. Always read the directions twice before using
any
product and use it as directed. Recently there has been a spate
of "fake"
Advantage
and Frontline products appearing that FDA has been trying to remove
from the
market. Reports of resistance to products are increasing, and it is
not
clear
how much is due to extralabel use, or just that resistance is being
reported
because the product is not being used as directed. It is impossible to
protect the country and its animals completely. I don't know how many
of
you read
the recent Consumer Reports article on potentially lethal supplements
which
are
sold for both human and animal use with virtually no regulation. Even
with
great documentation and FDA crackdown they are still on the shelves of
health
food stores. One thing you can say about drugs and feeds is that they
are
regulated, they do have to pass rigorous testing and their dangers
are at
least
known. My own advocacy is to limit use to what is needed, seek safe
alternates
(OK so a dog can drown and many are certain they will, but a bath is a
pretty
safe way to combat fleas, although it won't work in areas where fleas
are a
major problem it does for many of us), but if a product will improve
the
quality
or your life and your animal's then use it carefully and following all
directions. They're there for a reason. I would like vets to be
owners and
animals' best friends not adversaries.
Linda
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Re: Natural Flea Control Toxicity

Berichtdoor Marjo2 » Za 27 Mei 2006, 19:51

Hallo Joke,

dank je wel voor dit artikel. Heel goed om ook van natuurlijke middelen te weten of ze echt wel goed zijn. Mag ik vragen waar je zo'n soort artikel vandaan haalt? Lijkt me heel interessant om die bron te blijven volgen.
Groeten,
Marjo
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Re: Natural Flea Control Toxicity

Berichtdoor ~Joke~ » Zo 28 Mei 2006, 13:28

Ik pik overal iets op ;) dit kwam op de Barfing Border Terriers binnen, ik ben ook lid van K9health en Raw Dog Canada.
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