Poisons on pets

by kris
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

From the NRDC article"

"The seven OPs are chlorpyrifos, dichlorvos, phosmet, naled, tetrachlorvinphos, diazinon and malathion. They are the active ingredients in dozens of pet products. A comprehensive list of products appears in Table 1. It includes major pet pesticide brands, such as Alco, Americare, Beaphar, Double Duty, Ford's, Freedom Five, Happy Jack, Hartz, Hopkins, Kill-Ko, Protection, Rabon, Riverdale, Sergeant, Unicorn, Vet-Kem, Victory and Zema."

Nice of you to note that NONE of these products are ones prescribed by veterinarians and many of those sold by veterinarians include insect growth regulators (i.e. (SO-methoprene in Frontline Plus - as NRDC recommends. And the only veterinary prescription product with 'OPs (organophosphates) is Promeris a product that has not seen much success in the 1-2 year is has been on the market because veterinarians dont like using OPs since owners regularly fail to follow package instructions and put dog products on their cats, who are highly sensitive to OPs.

I abhor animal testing and am pleased that much (though not all) research on flea products has been done on 'artificial dogs' a device developed by a cornell veterinary professor.

Good to know that you are not mis-leadaing the public to help sell your own product.

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by: Anonymous

Great post.

Cherestin & Capstar & Advantage
by: Anonymous

My 10 year old indoor only cat got fleas for the first time in his life. He got a terrible skin allergy to the fleas so I was desperate to make him feel better. My vet recommended Cherestin, she said it was safer and made it sound more natural.

The first dose was uneventful, but a day after the second dosehe started straining to urinate. Within hours it progressed from pinkish tinged urine to peeing pools of blood. I took him to the ER and $400 of tests later, they couldn't figure out what was wrong. They said maybe stress.

It's been an on and off issue now, and to make matters worse the Cherestin (and Flea Buster's home treatment and a shampoo bath) didn't kill the fleas.

So I started researching other meds instead of just listening to the vet. I lost trust when she prescribed him Profender for deworming, and I got home and googled it and saw the overwhelming amount of deaths. I researched Cherestin and it is a rebrand of Assurity, because it had such a deadly reputation. Spinetoram, the active ingredient, has a warning classification as potentially dangerous to humans and eco-toxic.

So anyway, here I am, a biology major in college, comparing flea meds. I decided to look up the active ingredients instead of the branded meds themselves. Wait, I recognize these words. Uh oh.

The active ingredients in Capstar (Nitenpyram) and Advantage (Inidocloprid) are neonicotinoids. They're artificially synthesized to be chemically similar to nicotine plants, which is why Capstar gives cats an immediate "stimulant" reaction that some people described as "tripping". But the real danger is long term. These meds are marketed as the safer options because they have less short term side effects, but they're deadly.

Summary: cancer
Long version:
Nitenpyram metabolizes into 6-chloronicotinic acid in the mammalian body. The effects are not well studied yet and there is a controversy over potential genotoxicity. 6-chloronicotinic acid is unstable and when combined with certain enzymes has tumorigenic effects. 6-chloronicotinic acid can make hydrogen bonds with Amino groups- a fundamental component of DNA. In one study, consistent exposure was shown to cause oxidative damage to the DNA of zebrafish. Humans are issued to be cautious because, again, it's not tested enough. Yet Capstar recommends one pill taken internally for your pet everyday!!

I want my boy for another 10 years. I've had him since I was a teenager. He's my emotional support animal, I wouldn't be here without him. I don't want to give him something that will hurt him, but I can't stand to see him in pain with his chin bleeding from scratching. I comb him out with the flea comb for a half hour every night. Now I'm going to do some researching natural remedies!!

Thankfully I found this website before loading him up with more drugs.

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