I would love to be thinking about a hundred other things this morning that blood-sucking, disease-spreading arthropods. But we keep pulling tiny grazers off our own hides, and extracting deeply-embedded ticks off the dog. And it promises to be a bad tick season due to the early warming.
The issue for the dog is my reluctance to risk some of the adverse effects that pyrethrin-related and neurotoxins like imidacloprid have produced. Granted, it’s often apparently when giving dog meds to cats, or large dog tick drops used on small dogs. But the potential ill effects are all over the map: hair loss, itching, vomiting, dazed behavior and seizures.
On the other hand, the risk of tick-borne diseases is a known factor. I know a half dozen folks in Floyd County who have had tick-carried illness, and this is a serious threat.
Does anyone know of any effective tick treatments as alternatives to the spot-on varieties that contain Imidacloprid (for fleas) and Permethrin (for ticks)?
I have developed a powerful mistrust of Bayer and their ilk, since they “proved” their neonicotinoid insecticides weren’t harming honeybees by way of a misleading piece of research. This is the same toxin that’s found in Advantix. Tick meds represent a one billion dollar a year business. The truth is for sale, after all.
Unless I can find an alternative very soon, I’ll not have any choice but to pick up the oily drops today at the vet, spread them down Gandy’s back, and hope she is not one of an unknown number of pets who are poisoned by the medications that we trust to keep them healthy.
See these links:
Danger of Chemical Pest Control Products – Safe Alternatives (Selling stuff on this site, so caveat your emptors here.)
- More Damning Evidence Points to Pesticide as Cause of Mass Bee Deaths (2012indyinfo.com)
- Bayer CropScience Pesticide Named As Major Cause of Bee Collapse (organicauthority.com)
- Doctors Warn About Booming Tick Population (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Lyme-carrying ticks on the rise in Canada: study (canada.com)