Dear Dr. Fox: This summer, we had a bad time with fleas on our two cats. I apperceive I should not be absolution them outdoors, as you say. We will be accomplishing our best to get rid of the fleas and accumulate the bodies central from now on.
My acquaintance has a dog who wore a flea collar and got ailing (ing), so she took it off. What do you admonish to accumulate fleas and ticks off our pets? — L.P., St. Louis, Missouri
Dear L.P.: Check my website (drfoxvet.net) for my commodity on preventing fleas and added bitter insects afterwards resorting to potentially adverse insecticides and the new article, “Companion Beastly Risks of Flea and Beat Insecticides.”
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Most of the accepted articles on the bazaar actuality awash to annihilate fleas, ticks and added insects on dogs and bodies should be abhorred — for abiding and antitoxin use — for beastly and accessible bloom and ecology reasons. I’ve done an appraisal of their accurate insecticidal activity and accident of adverse side-effects. Their concise use in emergency situations of accepted insect attendance may be justified, with caution, back all added ascendancy measures accept failed.
The accessible has been brainwashed, in my opinion, into accepting assorted oral, locally activated and collar-impregnated insecticides as safe and able means to ascendancy fleas and ticks. But bodies in particular, and baby dogs, old dogs and those with assorted bloom issues, are at accident from developing astute and abiding adverse reactions to these products.
More than 44,000 letters of adverse reactions to contemporary anti-flea and beat articles were aggregate by the U.S. government’s Ecology Protection Agency in 2008. The analysis of authoritative and approval ascendancy amid the Aliment and Drug Administration and the EPA facilitates the altercation and absurdity axiomatic in the connected business of abounding of these articles — alike afterwards the sellers and manufacturers accept been a of bags of adverse reactions and abounding fatalities in dogs and cats.
The axiological catechism of the bloom after-effects of long-term/lifetime use of these insecticides on accompaniment animals has not been addressed by the manufacturers but may be a cogent agency in the ascent accident of blight and added chronic, degenerative and systemic diseases in dogs and cats.
It should be acclaimed that fleas and ticks accustomed ache could affect dogs and bodies on whom they augment afore they are dead by these chemicals and that flea bites activate allergic reactions in abounding animals.
I would like capacity from readers whose animals accept had adverse reactions to these products.
Dear Dr. Fox: The contempo advertisement of a $5 actor accusation adjoin Ainsworth’s Rachael Ray pet aliment got my attention. Back we aboriginal adopted our rescued Jack Russell, he was on a grain-free apricot diet, which I initially continued. However, on a cruise out of the country, we begin ourselves afterwards abundant aliment to last, so a acquaintance gave us a bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish.
I alloyed his apricot aliment for a few canicule until our guy was absolutely on Nutrish. I anon noticed his ahead soft, loose, light-colored account was harder and a darker accustomed color. (I had discussed his account with the vet previously, and she had already appropriate a change in diet.) I was actual captivated at this change. He did able-bodied on this food, and his coat, eyes and bark are actual healthy. Ainsworth has a actual acceptable history of award a healthy, accustomed antithesis in dog food, so I had no botheration switching.
But the advertisement of traces bulk of glyphosate has me concerned. I apperceive it’s difficult for bodies to abstain this adulteration as it’s in so abundant food, but our diet still consists of non-GMO and amoebic foods. I am analytic for a absolutely amoebic cast I can use. In the meantime, I switched to Rachael Ray’s Apricot and Candied Potato Grain-free in the hopes there is beneath or no glyphosate. I cannot acquisition any alfresco lab letters on the grain-free food.
Am I over-reacting about this situation? A contempo analysis shows our guy has bloated lymph nodes, and he is currently on a annular of antibiotics due to a tooth extraction. His claret assignment shows no aerial levels of white claret cells. We’ll be attractive added into this if it persists afterwards this annular of antibiotics. But it scares me that glyphosate can account lymphoma in bodies if consistently exposed, and although it’s a baby bulk in his food, that aliment is 99 percent of his diet. — D.G., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Dear D.G.: The botheration is not artlessly the achievability that glyphosate may account cancer, but additionally that it is a chelating abettor that interferes with plants’ uptake of some minerals, appropriately blurred their comestible value. Also, as one of abounding herbicides that can get into our aliment and bubbler water, there is the aerial anticipation of causing dysbiosis and irritable/inflammatory bowel problems back health-promoting abdominal bacilli are destroyed by such chemicals.
Don’t balloon that there are GMO potatoes, beets and rice to be anxious about, so affairs organically certified foods is a advisable decision. I am anxious additionally about the “grain-free” fad and the admittance of possibly GMO potatoes and candied potatoes, which would not be acceptable for diabetic and pre-diabetic animals.
For your dog, I would advance you try some of The Honest Kitchen’s GMO-free freeze-dried dog foods, and additionally Organix and Dr. Broderick’s Cornucopia canned dog food, which my dog relishes. Go online for added details, and accede aggravating my home-prepared dog aliment compound with all human-grade capacity and no by-products.
Update on aggrandized affection ache in dogs: Susan Thixton (truthaboutpetfood.com) writes:
“The dog foods affiliated to nutritionally based DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) were labeled as ‘Complete and Balanced’ pet foods. But those Complete and Balanced foods bootless bags of dogs. Who should be captivated amenable for the comestible abortion of these Complete and Balanced dog foods?
“Right now (August 2018), assorted Complete and Balanced dog aliment brands are affiliated to diet-related taurine-deficient DCM in possibly bags of dogs. There are added than 8,000 pet-owner associates of the two Taurine Deficiency Aggrandized Cardiomyopathy groups on Facebook. Bags of pet owners are analytic why the ‘Complete and Balanced’ affirmation on their pet aliment characterization bootless their dog.”
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