Can I vent? Most of my life, dogs and cats have been a part of my family. I will do whatever it takes to keep them safe, just as those of you who have children, do for them. We protect our family members no matter what.

So, when I saw an article headline earlier this week from USA Today about a potential pet collar issue, I had to stop and read what it was all about. According to the USA Today article, a popular tick and flea collar has potentially been linked to injuries to pets from minor to major and most disturbing, almost 1700 deaths. After reading this USA Today article, I was just a bit upset. Okay, a lot upset.

And this tick and flea collar has even caused injury to just under 1000 humans according to the USA Today report. The article goes on to mention that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has not sent out alerts of concern of the risks related to this popular pet collar.  As someone who has pets, that really concerns me.

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We have had to deal with flea issues with our pets from time to time. Some years, it's worse than others. And with the fact that we camp a lot during the summer months, we are always on the lookout for ticks.

To combat these issues, we used liquid drops, but after hearing about these collars, decided to give them a try. Fortunately, our pets didn't exhibit any health issues, but I did notice the collars didn't do much to ward off fleas and ticks on our pets. We continued to rid our pets the old fashion way, and after the expiration of the collars, went back to the drops.

I understand that there are risks with any sort of items such as tick and flea prevention, but maybe this needs a closer look by the EPA. We shouldn't have to worry about things like this.

via USA Today

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