As if there aren’t enough worries with spot-on flea treatments for pets, here’s a new one to add to the list. VinNews.com reports that Advantage flea treatment dissolved a plastic dog crate gluing a dog to the crate floor.
When the poodle wouldn’t come out of its crate, dog and crate had to be taken to the vet. “Following two hours of sleuthing, Dr. Dhalwal concluded that benzyl alcohol, an inactive ingredient in Advantage, was to blame.”
“Dhaliwal said the owner of the dog, a 15-year-old poodle mix, had applied Advantage to the dog before bedtime. He speculated that the dog rolled over in the crate before the liquid pesticide dried. Presumably, residue of the product made contact with the plastic floor of the crate, causing the plastic to dissolve and “glue” the dog in place overnight.”
Per research provided by VinNews.com, benzyl alcohol “can extract and dissolve polystyrene plastic and may attack other plastics.” A pet owner won’t even find this chemical listed in the ingredient panel, “as manufacturers are not required to list inactive ingredients.”
To read the full VinNews.com story, visit http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=14061
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