TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Here is a warning for you and your four-legged friends. Reports of rashes, seizures, and deaths in more and more pets has the environmental protection agency concerned. So much so, the EPA is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on flea and tick control products. Here is what you need to know about how to keep your furry family members safe.
"So far it's been smooth sailing," said Carroll Roge, a pet owner.
It's been two months since Roge and Missy have been together. Friday was check-up day at the vet.
"I didn't like, particularly using the topical stuff...you got to clip the end of it, put it on there," said Roge. "I was always kind of afraid that she was going to get some of it in her mouth."
"Commonly what happens, is one, people don't follow directions and the product is mishandled, misused," explained Dr. Patty Sheehy, a Tyler veterinarian.
She says the EPA's concern is justified.
"There's not a guarantee that you're not going to have some reaction with any product," she said.
Whether it's from the vet's office or over the counter people should carefully read and follow label directions.
"Monitor your pet if they're on medications, 'cause you don't want to have any interactions, or if they have epilepsy, then there are certain products that can make that worse," said the vet.
Another good tip was to look for products not only registered by the EPA, but approved by the FDA.
"It's on the box," said Sheehy. "You know that that product has had extensive testing done.
The EPA says the advisory is only for registered spot-on flea and tick products. Those products have an EPA registration number on the label. It's also a good idea to talk to your vet before using a spot-on pest treatment.