Would you like to keep your pets flea free and boost their immune system without chemicals
The Pet Protector Disc uses advanced technology to emit Magnetic and Scalar waves, creating a protective shield around your pet’s body and repelling all external parasites
Effective on different types of animals (dogs, cats, horses, sheep, etc.)
“Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find Guardian (UK) November 2020
Highly toxic insecticides used on cats and dogs to kill fleas are poisoning rivers across England, a study has revealed. The discovery is “extremely concerning” for water insects, and the fish and birds that depend on them, the scientists said, who expect significant environmental damage is being done.”
This was a worrying headline last year. Whilst I am glad that the use of these two neurotoxic pesticides, commonly used in veterinary flea products have come to the attention of scientists and the wider public, both for the environmental concerns and concerns for our rivers and wildlife, at no point does anyone seem to worry about the dogs and cats who are regularly receiving these products directly into their system!
So ask yourself – what does neurotoxic mean? Do you think that the same neurotoxins that harm fleas, birds and fish are somehow harmless to our dogs and cats? The general assumption, maybe the recommended dose is deemed safe, but what about the accumulative effect over the years
In fact, in one publication I read, despite the concerns for our rivers and wildlife, which is commendable, the emphasis is placed upon the importance of avoiding your dogs swimming and shampooing with these products and they go on to advise the continued use of these products on our pets – how so? …
Neurotoxicity refers to damage to the brain or peripheral nervous system caused by exposure to natural or man-made toxic substances. These toxins can alter the activity of the nervous system in ways that can disrupt or kill nerves. Nerves are essential for transmitting and processing information in the brain, as well as other areas of the nervous system.
Some of the effects of neurotoxicity may appear immediately, while others can take months or years to manifest.
I have noticed in recent years, that many of my clients often have their animals on plans from the vets, whereby you pay a monthly fee which includes a large amount of preventative medication for the animal. In fact, a year or so ago, I was looking at adopting two older dogs, one with a condition that I didn’t know if my natural remedies and energy medicine would be able to help, I had a discussion with my vet, asking his advice on treatment going forwards, he asked to see the dogs previous medical history. When it came through, I was amazed – I know the previous owners adored their dogs and in signing up for one of these plans, they absolutely had the dogs best interests at heart, but in all honesty, I have never in my life seen so many medications administered, it was relentless, consistent, year after year and my heart broke a little as I thought of the constant bombardment of chemicals to their little bodies, who have just not evolved to cope with that level of exposure to toxic substances. I decided not to go ahead with the adoption as the ongoing medication which was needed, was too expensive for the funds I had available, however, I can happily say the dogs found a wonderful family who opened up their home and hearts to them in their later years
Go back years ago, I can remember putting those little stickers in my diary, that come with the flea treatments, to remind me when the next dose was due, so as not to be a day late administering their next dose! Whether my dogs had fleas or not, I applied 4 applications a year, religiously, year after year … I progressed to making my own fly sprays for my horse with some success. When I knew no better, my 4 cats all had flea collars and the whole house was regularly dowsed with chemical flea spray – I wouldn’t advise making homemade flea sprays for your cats, due to some essential oils being toxic to cats, better safe than sorry and there are some great companies like Billy No Mates you can check out too. Another time I bought a huge tub of diamateous earth, which I rubbed all over my dogs, and then happily went round the house, scattering the stuff far and wide, thickly, over every single surface – bedding, carpets, stairs, furniture, literally everywhere a thick coating of the stuff, only to discover the hard way that trying to hoover it up, gave me an electric shock! So I was stuck with it all over the place for ages, whilst only able to hoover about a couple of inches up at a time, before having to turn the hoover off as I’d had another shock!
The Pet Protector Disc is not a chemical, it is made of high quality steel alloys. It is charged with a specific combination of Magnetic and Scalar waves, which after being triggered by the animal’s movement (blood circulation), produce an invisible energy field around the entire animal’s body.
Pet Protector’s Scalar waves are totally harmless to people and animals (they go undetected by humans and animals alike) and they are only effective against external parasites, repelling them from the shielded area. Therefore, the Pet Protector Disc acts preventatively by driving fleas, ticks and mosquitoes away before they get the chance to infest your pet as opposed to all other anti-parasite products, that kill external parasites after they have already infested your pet.
How did Pet Protector come about? The story starts with the tragic loss of Steven Williams Jr’s beloved dog, Buster who passed away as a consequence of being slowly poisoned by a commonplace anti-parasite product. Steven, like other pet owners at the time, was not aware of the dangers of using these chemical products. When they realised the products that was supposed to be helping their beloved pet live pest-free had actually given Buster liver poisoning, which killed him, they were shocked and wanted to use their tragic story to help others.
In 1997, with the clear objective of finding a solution which would effectively and safely, protect pets and other animals from ticks and fleas, Steven began working on a project that would investigate the positive effects of Scalar waves on the health of humans and animals alike. This project brought together scientists from Spain, Switzerland and Germany.
The result of their work was the Pet Protector.
In the 10 years between 1998 and 2008, Mr. Steven Williams Jr. donated over 3 million dollars in order to fund additional research on this revolutionary product, as well as to various associations which advocate for animal protection and to various animal shelters.
One thing chemical flea treatment products have in common is that they all eliminate parasites in the same way – using different chemical substances – toxic insecticides. As a result, an absurd situation arises, whereby we inadvertently poison our dogs with with tragic consequences and by solving one issue, we create another, much greater problem. Poisonous and cancerous materials (such as pyrethroids), found in these products, have systematically toxic effects on the animal’s entire body, especially on the blood cells, liver and nervous system. They are not only harmful to the health of the animal, but they are also harmful to people, children especially who often cuddle their pets, touching fur which is covered in these insecticides and then, without washing their hands, they touch their own eyes and mouth.
Research from the University of Sussex
Pesticides commonly used as flea treatments for pets are contaminating English rivers
New research reveals widespread contamination, with two neurotoxic pesticides found in concentrations that far exceed accepted safe limits
November 17, 2020
University of Sussex
Summary : Researchers have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid.
Researchers at the University of Sussex have found widespread contamination of English rivers with two neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in veterinary flea products: fipronil and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. The concentrations found often far exceeded accepted safe limits.
These chemicals are banned for agricultural use due to the adverse environmental effects, but there is minimal environmental risk assessment for pesticides used on domestic cats and dogs. This is due to the assumption that there are likely to be fewer environmental impacts due to the amount of product used.
But there is growing concern that this assumption may be incorrect. To investigate this, Professor Dave Goulson and Rosemary Perkins from the University of Sussex analysed data gathered by the Environment Agency in English waterways between 2016-18. They found that fipronil was detected in 98% of freshwater samples, and imidacloprid in 66%.
Rosemary Perkins, a PhD student at Sussex and a qualified vet, said: “The use of pet parasite products has increased over the years, with millions of dogs and cats now being routinely treated multiple times per year.”
“Fipronil is one of the most commonly used flea products, and recent studies have shown that it degrades to compounds that are more persistent in the environment, and more toxic to most insects, than fipronil itself. Our results, showing that fipronil and its toxic breakdown products are present in nearly all of the freshwater samples tested, are extremely concerning.”
According to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), who funded the research, there are 66 licensed veterinary products containing fipronil in the UK, and 21 containing imidacloprid, either alone or in combination with other parasiticides. These include spot-on solutions, topical sprays and collars impregnated with the active ingredient.
While some of these products can be purchased only with a veterinary prescription, others can be bought without a prescription from pet shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and online. Many pet owners receive year-round preventative flea and/or tick treatment from their vet practice via healthcare plans.
Fipronil has a history of very limited agricultural use prior to its ban in 2017. It is also licensed for use in ant and cockroach baits, however only one product is licensed for use by non pest-control professionals. Use on pets seems to be the most plausible source of the widespread contamination of rivers.
The paper, co-authored with Martin Whitehead from the Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital and Wayne Civil at the Environment Agency, examines the occurrence of fipronil and imidacloprid in English rivers as indicators of the potential contamination of waterways from the use of pet flea treatments.
They found that the average fipronil concentration across the rivers sampled by the Environment Agency exceeded chronic safety thresholds five-fold. The overall pollution levels in English rivers indicate that fipronil and its toxic breakdown products pose a high risk to aquatic ecosystems.
While, in most rivers, imidacloprid was found to pose a moderate risk, in seven out of the 20 rivers sampled there was a high environmental risk.
Co-author Professor Dave Goulson said “Fipronil and imidacloprid are both highly toxic to all insects and other aquatic invertebrates. Studies have shown both pesticides to be associated with declines in the abundance of aquatic invertebrate communities. The finding that our rivers are routinely and chronically contaminated with both of these chemicals and mixtures of their toxic breakdown products is deeply troubling.”
The paper, published in Science of the Total Environment, notes that the highest levels of pollution were found immediately downstream of wastewater treatment works, supporting the hypothesis that significant quantities of pesticide may be passing from treated pets to the environment via household drains.
Bathing of pets treated with spot-on fipronil flea products has been confirmed as a potentially important route to waterways for fipronil via sewers, and the washing of hands, pet bedding or other surfaces that have come into contact with treated pets are potential additional pathways for entry to sewers. Other pathways for contamination of waterways includes swimming and rainfall wash-off from treated pets. The strong correlation between fipronil and imidacloprid levels across the river sites tested suggest that they may be coming from a common source
Rosemary Perkins added: “We’ve identified a number of steps that can be taken to minimise or avoid environmental harm from pet flea and/or tick treatments. These range from introducing stricter prescription-only regulations, to considering a more judicious and risk-based approach to the control of parasites in pets, for example by moving away from blanket year-round prophylactic use.
“We’d recommend a re-evaluation of the environmental risks posed by pet parasite products, and a reappraisal of the risk assessments that these products undergo prior to regulatory approval.”
Rosemary Perkins, Martin Whitehead, Wayne Civil, Dave Goulson. Potential role of veterinary flea products in widespread pesticide contamination of English rivers. Science of The Total Environment, 2020; 143560 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143560
University of Sussex. “Pesticides commonly used as flea treatments for pets are contaminating English rivers: New research reveals widespread contamination, with two neurotoxic pesticides found in concentrations that far exceed accepted safe limits.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 November 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201117085940.htm>.
More from The Guardian, 17th November 2020
Discovery is ‘extremely concerning’ for water insects, and fish and birds that depend on them.
Highly toxic insecticides used on cats and dogs to kill fleas are poisoning rivers across England, a study has revealed. The discovery is “extremely concerning” for water insects, and the fish and birds that depend on them, the scientists said, who expect significant environmental damage is being done.
The research found fipronil in 99% of samples from 20 rivers and the average level of one particularly toxic breakdown product of the pesticide was 38 times above the safety limit. Fipronil and another nerve agent called imidacloprid that was found in the rivers have been banned from use on farms for some years.
There are about 10 million dogs and 11 million cats in the UK, with an estimated 80% receiving flea treatments, whether needed or not. The researchers said the blanket use of flea treatments should be discouraged and that new regulation is needed. Currently, the flea treatments are approved without an assessment of environmental damage.
“Fipronil is one of the most commonly used flea products and recent studies have shown it degrades to compounds that are more toxic to most insects than fipronil itself,” said Rosemary Perkins at the University of Sussex, who led the study. “Our results are extremely concerning.”
Prof Dave Goulson, also at the University of Sussex and part of the team, said: “I couldn’t quite believe the pesticides were so prevalent. Our rivers are routinely and chronically contaminated with both of these chemicals.
“The problem is these chemicals are so potent,” he said, even at tiny concentrations. “We would expect them to be having significant impacts on insect life in rivers.” One flea treatment of a medium-sized dog with imidacloprid contains enough pesticide to kill 60 million bees, he said.
The first report of high levels of neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid in rivers came in 2017 from the conservation group Buglife, although that study did not include fipronil. Aquatic insects are known to be vulnerable to neonicotinoids and Dutch research has shown chronic waterway pollution led to sharp drops in insect numbers and falls in bird numbers. Aquatic insects are also declining due to other pollution from farms and sewage, with just 14% of English rivers in good ecological health.
The new study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, includes almost 4,000 analyses on samples gathered by the Environment Agency in 20 English rivers between 2016-18. These ranged from the River Test in Hampshire to the River Eden in Cumbria.
Fipronil was detected in 99% of samples and a highly toxic breakdown product called fipronil sulfone was found in 97%. The average concentrations were 5 and 38 times higher than their chronic toxicity limits, respectively. The UK has no official limit for these chemicals so the scientists used a 2017 assessment produced for a water quality control board in California. Imidacloprid was found in 66% of the samples and was above toxicity limits in seven of the 20 rivers.
Fipronil was banned from use on farms in 2017, but was little used before that. Imidacloprid was banned in 2018 and was also relatively little used in recent years. The researchers found the highest levels of the pesticides downstream from water treatment plants, showing that urban areas were the main source and not farmland.
The washing of pets was already known to flush fipronil into sewers and then rivers, while dogs swimming in rivers provides another pathway for contamination. “It has to be the flea treatments causing the pollution,” Goulson said. “Really, there’s no other conceivable source.”
There are 66 licensed veterinary products containing fipronil and 21 containing imidacloprid in the UK, many of which are sold without prescriptions. Many pets are treated every month, whether the flea treatment is needed or not.
This needs to be reconsidered, the scientists said, particularly in winter when fleas are less common. New regulation should also be considered, they said, such as requiring prescriptions for the treatments and assessing the environmental risk before they are approved for use.
“When you start large scale use of any sort of pesticide, there are often unanticipated consequences,” said Goulson. ”Clearly, something has gone wrong. There isn’t a regulatory process for this particular risk and clearly there needs to be.”
Matt Shardlow, at Buglife, said: “Three years have passed since we first highlighted the risk to wildlife from flea treatments and no regulatory action has been taken. The massive over-pollution of all waterbodies with fipronil is shocking and there is an urgent need for the government to ban the use of fipronil and imidacloprid as flea treatments.” He said tonnes of these insecticides were being applied to pets every year.
So how something can be deemed this toxic, but still safe to apply routinely to our pets, I just don’t know.
The Pet Protector provides an excellent non-toxic alternative choice.
From the feedback I have had is it is more effective for fleas than ticks, I’ll provide more feedback as I get it from my clients. It’s important to know this is a preventative, so you need to address the flea problem if you currently have one, whether that be by natural means or a visit to the vet and hoover, hoover, hoover! Once your house and pet are flea free, this product should help them remain so, without the use of any chemicals, for 4 years, with the added bonus of the Scalar Waves and Magnets boosting your animal’s immune system. My dog Pops doesn’t have fleas, but I didn’t hesitate to get her one as it is win win if it prevents fleas helps maintain her immune health too.
We need to consider the effects our actions have on the environment around us and on our animals health, so anything we can do to minimise the damage done to the environment, when we wash these toxic chemicals down the drain as we bathe our dogs, or have our dogs enjoy jumping into rivers and streams, just because it’s out of sight, shouldn’t be out of mind.
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