As they investigate thousands of reports about the products, federal environmental regulators are warning pet owners to closely follow instructions if they use several popular flea and tick treatments.
The Environmental Protection Agency last year received 44,000 complaints about "spot-on” pest prevention products — liquid pesticides that are squeezed onto a dog or cat’s fur and rubbed into their skin. Reactions ranged from mild skin irritation to seizures or death. Last week, the EPA posted a list online that later was removed to be reviewed for completelness. On the list were several well-known brands including Hartz Mountain, Sergeant’s and Frontline. While none of the items have been pulled or labeled hazardous, all are being reviewed, officials said. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES