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Are “spot-on” flea and tick medications safe?

From NewsNet 5’s On Your Side Investigation: The safety of products like K9 Advantix and Frontline is being questioned, as pet owners have reported spending thousands of dollars to treat their pets after applying the products.

Veterinarian David Koncal, vice president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), believes spot-on products are safe.

“I’d be willing to bet that 99 percent of the adverse reactions that are reported, there is something else going on in that animal that created that demise. It’s just a coincidence the flea product was used on them,” Koncal said.

He points out that billions of pets are treated with the products, yet only 34,000 have experienced problems.

You can read the whole story here, and a follow-up here.

Talk to your vet before treating your dog with spot-on products, as even the experts can’t agree on whether or not they’re dangerous.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!