In Episode 4 of the Ashdown Forest podcast, Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, speaks about the extreme toxicity of the majority of pet parasite treatments currently in use.

He says:

‘The amount of imidacloprid you are supposed to put on a medium sized dog is enough to give a lethal dose to 60 million honeybees, which is why these things are banned in farming. We’ve recently discovered that 100% of English rivers are contaminated with fipronil and 70% are also
contaminated with imidacloprid.’

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) now advises vets to avoid a blanket treatment approach and to instead take a risk-based approach with each pet. The Ashdown Forest podcast is launching an awareness campaign about the impact of pet parasite treatments and is urging pet owners to avoid a blanket treatment approach.

Our aim:

  • To re-think the need for year-round, blanket parasite treatments and only treat
    affected or high-risk animals.
  • To explore eco-friendly methods of parasite control.

What can you do?

  • Explore environmentally friendly alternatives to parasite control.
  •  Source your pets’ parasite control from vets, rather than over the counter or online
    products, which are often less effective and more damaging to the environment.
  • Choose oral treatments over topical spot-ons and flea collars which contain chemicals
    which easily wash off and contaminate waterways.
  • Dispose of pet faeces responsibly to reduce chemical exposure to the ecosystem.
  • If you must use chemical treatments, keep your pet out of rivers and streams and
    avoid washing them and their bedding for two weeks after treatment

Extracted from ‘Pet Parasite Prevention’.

If you are interested in learning more, you can download the full document below:

Pet Parasite Prevention – Avoiding Blanket Treatment.