Health Canada Advisory on Flea and Tick Control Products

Current data from Health Canada's Pesticide Incident Reporting Program suggests there may be a potential for adverse reactions in cats and dogs from the use of flea and tick control products applied to the skin and sold in stores as pesticides. These products can be identified by a Pest Control Product or PCP Registration Number on the label. (This advisory does NOT include flea and tick products sold as veterinary drugs (Revolution, Advantage products and Profender), identified by a Drug Identification Number or DIN, that are regulated by Health Canada).
 Some of the adverse effects seen range from a mild side effect such as skin irritation to more serious side effects such as seizures and even death has occurred. Health Canada is advising pet owners to read and follow instructions on these products very carefully.
Pet owners are advised to follow these important safety tips:
  • Use flea and tick control products only on the animal specified by the product label - dog products for dogs, and cat products for cats
  • Apply only the amount indicated for the size and/or weight of the animal being treated. Consult your veterinarian if your pet is sick, aged, pregnant, nursing, is on medication or is exposed to other pesticides, as it may have additional sensitivity to the product.
  • Consult a veterinarian if your pet experiences an adverse effect such as described above.

Observe your pet closely during and after the treatment and monitor for any signs of an adverse reaction, particularly when using these products on your pet for the first time, as pets have varying sensitivities to pesticides.

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