Help protect your pets from dangerous chemicals! Research shows that many flea collars for sale at major pet stores contain chemicals known to cause cancer and neurological damage to humans and pets. Luckily, there’s a nation-wide consumer-led movement underway to get PETCO and PetSmart to pull these dangerous products off their shelves. The Natural Resource Defense Council has a request for all pet-owners: go to your nearest PetSmart or PETCO and see if they’re selling flea collars with propuxor or tetrachlorvinphos. NRDC has typed up a handy check-list with all the products to look for. All they need from you is 15 minutes of your time and an email to [email protected] with the information you gathered.

It’s important for consumers to get out there so the NRDC has an accurate count of how many stores are still selling these dangerous products to pet-owners. It’s also important because, while regulation from the EPA has improved public health by a ton, movements led by informed citizens can get things done faster than the federal government.

So here’s your chance to become civically engaged! If you own a pet, care about pets, or just care about reducing the toxic chemicals floating around your neighborhood, please check out your local pet store and send a letter to the heads of the companies and ask them not to sell dangerous chemicals at their stores.

Here’s the list of the products you should avoid:

  • Adams Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs (Large and Small)
  • Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens
  • Adams Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs (Large and Small)
  • Bansect Flea & Tick Collar for Cats
  • Bansect Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs
  • Bio Spot Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs (Puppies, Small, and Large)
  • BioSpot Flea and Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens
  • Scratchex Color Full Formula 5 Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
  • Sentry Dual Action Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs
  • Sentry PurrScriptions Dual Action Flea and Tick Collar for Cats
  • Sergeant’s Double Duty Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs & Puppies
  • Sergeant’s Dual Action Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs
  • Vet-Kem Powerband Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
  • Zema Dual Action Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
  • Zodiac Featrol Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
  • Zodiac Fleatrol Flea and Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens
  • Zodiac Tick Collar For Dogs
  • Americare Rabon Collar
  • Hartz 3 in 1 reflection Control Collar
  • Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea and Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens
  • Pet Principles by Hartz Collars
  • Longlife 90 day Collar

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