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Richland Pet Store Owner Warns Against Common Flea and Tick Collars

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RICHLAND, Wash.--  A Richland pet store is warning against the use of some flea and tick collars.  The owner of Paws Natural Pet Emporium says there are two types of chemicals, organophosphates and carbamates, that can cause health problems for people or pets.  That's according to a study done by the Natural Resources Defense Council.     

Dorothy Hunter, the owner of the pet store, explains what really concerns her about the research.  She says, "Some of them are 1000 times over the minimal exposure level to children and can cause nervous system disorders and neurological problems for children, as well as being chemical poison for other pets."

The EPA says exposure to flea collars is insignificant, but the Natural Resources Defense Council is fighting that.

Hunter recommends buying all natural flea and tick repellent such as Natural Defense, which uses ingredients like cinnamon, thyme, and clove oil.

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