Updated: 7/20/2001 7:03 PM
By: Kelly Kyle
Hartz Mountain Corporation flea protection products are now under scientific review by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Following up on a story News 8 Austin reported last month, the EPA became concerned after reports of several deaths, hundreds of seizures and thousands of minor incidents involving cats and dogs who used Hartz flea control products.
Hartz Control One Spot for dogs and cats and Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops are the products the EPA wants more information about.
Local Veterinarian Christine Duvall said she knows first hand the problem with over-the-counter flea drops. “When I heard that the EPA was finally looking into these products, I felt like saying it’s about time because I’ve been calling everytime my patients get sick,” Duvall of the Brodie Animal Hospital said. “Other veterinarians have been calling. Many clients have been calling. We’ve all been calling and complaining for a couple of years. So I was relieved to hear that finally something is being done about it.”
Hartz said the products are safe when used as directed, but admits some animals may have allergic reactions. The EPA asked for specific information from Hartz to find out why these incidents are happening. The EPA has not recalled the products; they will not make any determination on their safety until the scientific review is over.
Products under review
Reg. No. 2596-146: Control One-Spot for Dogs
2.9%methoprene and 45% permethrin
Reg. No. 2596-147: Control One-Spot for Cats
Reg. No. 2596-148: Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops for Cats
85.7% D-phenothrin and 2.9% methoprene
Reg. No. 2596-150: Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs
85.7% D-phenothrin and 2.3% methoprene