Some flea and tick collars have been found to contain too-high levels of toxins, such as tetrachlorvinphos and propoxur. These can remain on pet fur as well as furniture in the home. As reported by the Natural Resources Defense Council in April 2009, ” Residue levels produced by some flea collars are so high that they pose a risk of cancer and damage to the neurological system of children up to 1,000 times higher than the EPA’s acceptable levels.” Additionally, full-grown adults can also suffer negative effects from coming into contact with these pesticides.
Toxic pet collars contain the chemical propoxur and are generally used to keep fleas and ticks away. Thanks to a court settlement in California back in 2007, products containing this chemical must be labeled with a warning telling pet owners that the ingredient is toxic and may cause cancer.
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