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Pets

Millions of eggs removed from European shelves over toxicity fears (The Guardian, 3 Aug.2017)  Food contamination is not an unknown occurrence in Canada either. Fipronil is an insecticide used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks on pets but is not allowed in food production. If ingested long term the highy toxic can damage the liver, thyroid gland and kidneys....but it's OK for pets... When you buy a flea product, pease check the ingredients. Also filed under food 

That Perfect Green Lawn Could Be Deadly For Your Dog    By Christina M. Russo. mainly about rodenticides but "Arguably more concerning is a 2012 study examining the impact of lawn care on canines. Treated lawns were associated with a greater risk of a type of cancer called canine malignant lymphoma (CML), and professionally applied pesticides were particularly dangerous, associated with 70 percent higher risk of CML."NOTE: When we fought the battle to ban pesticides in Regina in the early 2000, one naturopathic vet spoke in favour of a ban and her presentation cited many cases she got every years of pets poisoned by pesticides. But when I subsequently went to the vet college in Saskatoon to ask about occurrences or statistics of pets poisoned by pesticides, I was told there were none... Are we training blind vets up there, in spite of the toxicology school?

Cat and dog flea treatments can be toxic to pets, humansCBC Marketplace investigates risks to humans and pets from popular pet products. By Megan Griffith-Greene / Marketplace, CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 05, 2014 11:57 AM ET.  “Paws for Concern” aired Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television. video in link.

Protecting Pets Without Pesticides (PANNA)  Scroll down. This page includes a very well done 15 minutes video on the risks of pesticides to pets and how to maintain a  beautiful lawn organically. In our heavy soils, add regular aeration to the required steps.The Truth About Cats, Dogs & Lawn Chemicals (direct link to the youtube video) 

Pesticides and Pets What you should know to keep your pets safe (Pesticides and You.Vol. 27, No. 3, 2007, p.12. Beyond Pesticides)

Rachel Carson Council; publication for veterinarians: "36 Insecticides Used on or around Dogs and Cats"(2010);

 EPA Announces Increased Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Pesticides. (Beyond Pesticides, June 22, 2009). Similarly, one of the known cancer-causing pesticides used in pet collars, propoxur, is under review in Canada. Adverse effect reporting is fundamental to PMRA reviews: adverse effects forms.

 Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Consumers from Toxic Pet Products (NRDC) and Beyond Pesticides, April 28, 2009)  This is a US lawsuit for pet products containing propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos without adequate warning.In fall 2012, a quick check of Canadian registered pesticides indicates that both products are still available to home owners for pets in Canada, with minor warning that some pets may react to any pesticide product. One propoxur label (fall 2012) reads "Harmful if dust is inhaled or absorbed through skin. Avoid contact with mouth, eyes, skin". The collar contain dust. I assume a collar could not protect the whole animal for 5 months unless the dust spreads on the fur. How is it possible to put a flea collar on a dog or cat and not touch the animal? What would be the point of having a pet? In addition, pets sit on laps,furniture and floor and would deposit the pesticide dust everywhere. 

The Dangers of Pesticides and Animal Abuse. General information, stories and photos; links to articles and reports of interest to pet owners including recalls of pesticide products causing pet deaths and others; alternative and holistic care for pets and Pyrethroid syndrome in an animal keeper

Pets and pesticides: Let's be careful out there from the Center for Public Integrity (2008) flea and tick treatment containing pyrethrins can endanger pet and their handlers' health.

New Data Finds Pesticides Are Leading Cause of Summer Pet Poisonings  Statistics compiled by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center confirm that July and August are the most dangerous time of year for companion animals. The data found that over 3,000 (48%) of the cases involved animals being exposed to pesticides. This includes commonly used insecticides (flea and tick products), rodenticides (mouse and rat baits) and herbicides (weed killers). Full article: Animal Poison Control Center Warns Pet Owners About the Dangers of Summer Pesticides  is no longer on line. 

High Levels of Toxic Industrial Chemicals Contaminate Cats And Dogs (April 2008) Environmental Working Group Report. No pesticides were tested but I am sure they would have found them if tested.

Cancer Registry and Surveillance System for Companion Animals Archival site. No data added after 2010 but links to newer info. Breast Cancer Environmental Risk Factor (BCERF) Research Project.

Chocolate, cocoa mulch and pets.Theobromine is the natural chemical stimulant found in chocolate. It is toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate is extracted from cocoa beans. Apparently cocoa mulch, containing the largest quantities of theobromine a pet might encounter (300-1200 mg/ounce), is now sold in stores and is potentially dangerouns to pets as it smells nice. However very few pets will eat it. 

 Flea and Tick - least toxic

For more information on protecting your pet from pesticides, read Beyond Pesticides factsheet, Pesticides and Pets: What you should know to keep your pets safe. Also see Beyond Pesticides’ factsheets, Least-Toxic Control of Fleas and Least-Toxic Control of Ticks.