Message Number: FHL11185 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-03-26 20:52:28 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] veterinary news articles
To: fhl <>

EPA on spot-on parasite treatments (It looks like many problems may be=20
with cats, and with dose labeling for pet sizes in animals which have=20
a wider range of sizes, but I don't have to time to check into it=20

Notice sections such as
> =95 EPA found that the products could be used safely but that some=20
> additional restrictions are needed. EPA=92s team of veterinarians=20
> learned that most incidents were minor, but unfortunately there were=20
> some pet deaths and =93major incidents=94 reported. The Agency learned =

> that the most commonly affected organ systems were dermal,=20
> gastrointestinal, and nervous.
> =95 Dog Findings: EPA's expert veterinarian team found that
> =95 small breed dogs were affected more than larger breeds for some =

> products
> =95 the amount of product in a single dose needed to vary more for =

> small to large dogs =96 that is, how much the dog weighs matters a lot =

> in deciding how much of a product should be used.
> =95 Cat Findings: EPA=92s expert veterinarian team discovered that
> =95 misuse or accidental exposure of cats to dog products was an=20
> important problem; cats can be harmed by dog products; and
> =95 label warnings against use of dog products on other animals,=20
> especially cats, are not working well enough and this appears to be=20
> a global concern.
> =95 Safety Testing: The team also found that the data we now require =

> to determine the safety of these products for pets do not accurately=20
> predict the toxicity seen in the incidents that took place.
> For more information, refer to Review of Enhanced Reporting of 2008=20
> Pet Spot-on Incidents.

New safety tips:
> >People should carefully follow label directions and monitor their=20
> pets for any signs of an adverse reaction after application,=20
> particularly when using these products for the first time. Pet=20
> owners may also want to consult a veterinarian about the responsible=20
> and effective use of flea and tick products, including whether the=20
> use of these products is necessary. Owners should consult a=20
> veterinarian about the best way to protect their pets from fleas and=20
> ticks, especially before using any product on weak, aged, medicated,=20
> sick, pregnant or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously=20
> shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.
> Additional safety tips are available for taking care of fleas and=20
> ticks on your pet.

BUT at the same time this is happening:

which begins:
> PetSmart has become the first pet specialty store to carry Advantage=20
> and K9 Advantix flea and tick medicines since Bayer Animal Health=20
> decided to market its products outside of veterinary clinics.
> Bayer announced last month that it planned in March to drop a long-
> standing policy in the United States of selling only to licensed,=20
> practicing veterinarians. The company said the change was spurred by=20
> consumer shopping trends and demand for more convenient access to=20
> pet health products.


I don't subscribe to this so only know the first lines about this=20
vaccine work which you can see at the website

Oh, BTW, some of you may have notice that we at the FHL have had our=20
total member numbers decrease on the homepage to below 1,400. This is=20
because Yahoo Mail is doing a series of purges of its mail accounts=20
that have been inactive for a prolonged time, or discontinued, so=20
those extra memberships were artificial, anyway, since the accounts=20
were not being used.

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:
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"All hail the procrastinators for they shall rule the world tomorrow."
(2010, Steve Crandall)


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