What is it?
Maybe you noticed an extra collar that your dog was wearing. Flea collars are put around the necks of cats and dogs to keep fleas and ticks away. The collar is made so that the pesticide is "molded into" or part of the collar. It diffuses or "leaks out" of the collar slowly for several months to protect your pet.
Perhaps you or your parents put the collar on your pet. Be sure that your pet is not too young to wear a flea collar. They should not be used on young puppies or kittens. Make sure, too, that the collar fits your pet properly. Extra collar length that is sticking out could tempt your pet to chew on it. Or it could get caught in something and possibly cause your pet to choke. Don't tuck the extra length back into the collar either. It could come loose and stick out. You could also be exposing your pet to a higher level of pesticide than is recommended.
Always "Read the Label First" to find out how to properly use flea collars, how long they last and for safety information.
What's in it?
In flea collars the pesticide part are chemicals like fipronil, pyrethrins, permethrin, and methoprene. These chemicals are known as insecticides.
What health and safety things do you need to think about with flea collars?
Because the pesticide comes out of the collar you need to wash your hands thoroughly after touching them or petting your dog or cat. You don't want any pesticides from the collar to stay on your skin. If you rubbed your eyes the pesticides from the collar could get in your eyes. They could also get in your mouth if you put you hands to your mouth or picked up something to eat. This could be harmful. Whether or not you get sick depends on your exposure to the pesticide.
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