Feb 1, 2008, 8:07 PM
Post #83 of 92
I was reading through the threads and I felt that I should make a few humble comments. For starters, all those who did their research are right! Under a report from the Environment Protection Agency in the U.S., Fipronil and Methoprene, both found in frontline and their closest competitor products, can cause a string of very servere problems not in dogs, but also in humans! For example, fipronil is classified as a carcinogen and can cause thyroid cancer, increased organ weights,altered thyroid hormones, loss of aptite, underactivity, convulsions, whinning, body twitching and tremors, along with a whole lot of other problems. It is usually the "marketing methods" used by large corporations to send to try to hide the fact that what they are actually using is bad for your dog. Some of you actually mentioned that the fleas and ticks don't die or seem to go away after application. This sadly is true. What they the large corporations don't tell you again is that ticks, like other insect pests such as cockroaches, will develop an immunity to these substances after awhile. It is part of their bilogical make up and that is how they survive and we can never seem to get rid of them. The entire human race can be wiped out by a nuclear disaster but trust me, cockroaches will still be around long after we are gone!! That is why, large pesticide companies have to constantly change their formulas after a few years. After awhile, they become useless. Have you all noticed that Frontline just launced a new formula recently????? Hmmmm.... Why do you think thsy did that??? A few of you mentioned a white liquid that you can buy from vets. What you are buying is actually a poison known as tartic. NO GOOD! Serious poison! Try putting a bit too much and your dog immediately goes into convulsions. Always remember, the skin is the largest organ in the body. putting it on your skin is just as good as putting it in your mouth. However, with everything grim that I have said above, there is good news for people who want to get rid of ticks. Some of you mentioned eucalyptus oil. I don't know if that works. However, your dogs may get irritations such as eye and breathing problems if not used carefully. I heard that tea tree oil, to a certain extent, is effective. I've also heard that in Singapore where the licencing to sell tick products is not monopolized by frontline, (this is a real conspiracy theory) there is a certain product containing a non poisonous biological chemical called Etofenprox. It is a compound that is made entirely from natural elements such as carbon, hydrogen and oxygen and will not harm your animal. The brand is called Accurate. You can use on puppies, lactating bitches and it will not harm them. I don't know if the product has seeped up here but you can try asking around to see if pet shops or vets have it. Good stuff. So next time when you think of getting rid of ticks, read the product labels.