By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson

Did you know that most flea and tick collars are potentially toxic to both our children and our pets?  Do you know which ones are most dangerous and why?

Sadly, when a child pets his or her cat that is wearing a toxic flea collar, they are absorbing a cancer causing and nervous system toxic concoction that dangers their still-developing-systems.  Not only are they absorbing it through their skin, but small children often put their hands into their mouths so they can be ingesting this chemical too.

The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) is now asking the EPA  to ban the neurotoxic and cancer-causing pesticide propoxur from pet products across the country.

But there is good news, there are safer alternatives to toxic flea and tick collars, and they are completely effective too!

Flea Collars and Topical Liquid Flea Medicines Are Toxic

We credit the following insert to the Natural Resources Defense Council, titled “EPA Continues to Lag in Protecting Kids & Pets from Toxic Flea Collars.”  Please follow the link to read the entire article in full.  It is a short article full of great information!

Flea collars are designed to coat the dog or cat’s fur with a chemical residue that kills the fleas.  Unfortunately, the residue is not just toxic to fleas but can also be harmful to people and pets.  The pesticide propoxur is toxic to the nervous system and can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, sweating and tearing eyes. Severe poisoning can cause muscle twitching, seizures, respiratory paralysis and even death. And as I mentioned, it is a known carcinogen. Young children are particularly susceptible to these pesticides’ effects because their nervous system and brain are still developing, and their ability to metabolize these chemicals is weaker than that of adults. In addition, kids often put their hands in their mouths after petting an animal, and so are more likely to ingest the hazardous residues.

As if all this wasn’t bad enough, while EPA’s new risk assessment found these products are harmful for children, they still grossly underestimated just how dangerous they are.

Safe Alternatives to Flea Collars and Toxic Topical Flea Medications

One SAFbaby mama had a horrible problem with fleas on her cat and remedied the matter completely with all natural products!  The products that Sandra highly recommends to treat fleas naturally are:

and for the yard:

and book recommendations:

So, go on and love all over your animals by protecting them from fleas and ticks naturally!

Update: After efforts by the NRDC failed to get propoxur-containing flea collars off the market, Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International voluntarily agreed to stop making flea collars with this pesticide. The EPA continues to allow neurotoxins such as tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) in flea collars despite lawsuits by the NRDC.