There is a lot of evidence to support the use of flea and tick pesticides directly on our dogs and cats. The question is where the safety information is coming from. Obviously the manufacturers of these agents would tout their products safety but there is growing concern. On the Public Integrity Website, there are numerous reports of animal and human incidents related to pesticide. Unfortunately, these can range from skin irritation to death. Two years ago when my husband and I adopted Zeus, our big black lab, we decided right away not to use the spot treatment pesticides. Although I have concerns for him, my main concern was the contamination to us and the house. Now that we have the twins, we will continue to avoid using these products. What we use instead is a natural product called Cedarcide. This product is made from natural cedar oil and is non-toxic and perfectly safe. I actually also use it on myself when I’m going to be outside to keep the mosquitoes away. If you don’t mind smelling like a cedar tree it’s a great alternative to the toxic chemicals on you and your pet and even DEET which humans use. In the summer I spray Zeus every few days.
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