The study, conducted by veterinarians at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, examined natural flea products, whose active ingredients were essential oils extracted from plants and thus were exempt from Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Records from the poison center relating to 39 cats and 9 dogs, that had been exposed to natural flea preventatives, were evaluated for this study. Pet owners steer clear of products marked as “all natural” if those products are not regulated. The plant derived oil, observed in cat and dogs, can cause agitation, hyper-salivation, lethargy, vomiting, panting, weakness and seizures. Cats are more frequently adversely affected by topical flea preventatives because their grooming and licking behavior leads them to ingest more of the product.
Just because it says “all natural" does not mean that it is safe.
Check with your veterinarian for a safe and effective flea treatment for your pet.
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