Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find
Today The Guardian has printed a really interesting article on the use of Flea Treatments and their affect on wildlife as their toxic residues have been found in rivers from dogs going into rivers but more worryingly the residues are found downstream from water treatment plants which suggest the residues are from washing our dogs and their bedding etc.
I’m obviously very worried about this affect on wildlife as our whole ecosystem relies on insects etc but I’m equally worried that many of us and our children/grandchildren play/cuddle and sleep with our dogs and therefore what is risk to humans.
Finally, My first BIG worry is for the dogs who are having these substances applied at levels never used before, now being used year round as many vets upsell Care Plans that include year round treatment when previously I believe (am I correct?) that flea treatments etc were applied only in the appropriate season...
Sources are; The Guardian 17/11/20 : “ Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find”
And they are referencing this journal: Science of the total Environment “Potential role of veterinary flea products in widespread pesticide contamination of English rivers” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00489697
These finding are from a DEFRA funded PHD, overseen by Dave Goulson who writes the most amazing books on Bees and wildlife gardening. I saw him speak last week online and he said this research is coming out shortly.
I’m aware there are lots of different views on using chemical flea and worming treatments (I now use herbal for both) but maybe it’s time that as dog owners we crowdfund research/ get funding into how these treatments are affecting our dogs and our own health? As, before as a new dog owner I had no idea what I was applying to my dog until she reacted adversely to it and I investigated further but if she hadn’t reacted badly, quite likely I’d still be using them...
I’m sure someone with more IT skills can put real links to this article.
I’m interested in other’s thoughts and because I do not want to upset anyone at all - I’m not criticising anyone using these treatments at all but believe it’s important everyone knows what ingredients they contain and the affect of these ingredients to dogs, humans and wildlife.