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People use pesticides on their animals to control fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests. They can be very beneficial, but they can cause harm to animals, especially if they are not used according to the label directions. Always read and follow the label directions when using pesticide products.

If you are concerned that a pesticide made your pet sick, call NPIC at 800-858-7378 to discuss the incident. For emergencies, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.

Keep these tips in mind:

Note: Some pest control products for animals are considered drugs (pharmaceuticals). These are prescribed by veterinarians and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated September 27, 2023