Companies to stop production of some pesticide-impregnated pet collars

Companies to stop production of some pesticide-impregnated pet collars

Companies agree to stop producing some pesticide-impregnated pet collars. In a voluntary agreement, Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc, and Wellmark International have agreed to stop producing pet collars containing the pesticide propoxur. However, care must be taken, as these products will continue to be produced until April 1, 2015, continue to be distributed until April 1, 2016, and continue to be sold until supplies are gone.  The reason for this action is the risk of pesticide exposure to children. The risk of exposure to this chemical is greatest immediately after opening the container and putting the collar on your pet. Exposure can be through contact with the collar or the animal wearing the collar. For more information visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/companies-agree-stop-selling-pet-collars-containing-pesticide-protect-children#1

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Can Collars Cause Thyroid Damage?

Can Collars Cause Thyroid Damage?

Dog on a leashThe thyroid and salivary glands are located in the dog’s neck area. Recently, concern has been raised that these organs might be injured when sharp pressure is applied to this area by a collar. The risk is thought to be particularly high in dogs who lunge and pull when on lead. While we have not identified any documented reports of injury in this manner, those who are concerned about thyroid and salivary gland damage, particularly those whose dogs have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, might want to consider the use of a harness or ‘gentle leader’ instead of a collar when walking their dog.

Our Frankie has normal thyroid function, but can get excited and lunge when we encounter something exciting on our walks, as we did this morning when we flushed a flock of birds out of some high grass alongside the road. I think I just might switch him to a harness!

photo credit: Ask Spike

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