Pet Stores: Stop Selling Toxic Flea Collars

  • By: Kristi Arnold
  • Target: David K Lenhardt, PetSmart, CEO; James M. Myers Petco, CEO

The FDA is being sued for its failure to address chemicals in flea collars that can be toxic to children and pets. Rather than waiting for the FDA decision, pet stores should do the right thing and remove these products immediately from their shelves!

California recently banned unregistered pesticides in pet products, yet pet stores continued to stock the pesticide-ridden flea collars and shampoos in stores. 

Flea collars are one of the biggest dangers for pesticide exposure. Some of the more toxic chemicals used include:

  1. Propoxur: toxic to the nervous system and a probable carcinogen.
  2. Tetrachlorvinphos: the last organophosphate pesticide permitted for use in pet products, is a probable carcinogen and endocrine disruptor that is also toxic to the nervous system.
  3. Amitraz: a possible human carcinogen and impacts the central nervous system. The National Institutes of Health calls amitraz poisoning in children an emerging problem due to its widespread use.

Ask pet stores to step up and protect our pets and our families from these toxic flea collars!

Dear Sirs,


We the undersigned ask pet stores to remove toxic flea collars from stores.


The FDA is being sued for its failure to address chemicals in flea collars that can be toxic to children and pets. Rather than waiting for the FDA decision, pet stores should do the right thing and remove these products immediately from their shelves!


California recently banned unregistered pesticides in pet products, yet pet stores continued to stock the pesticide-ridden flea collars and shampoos in stores. 


Flea collars are one of the biggest dangers for pesticide exposure. Some of the more toxic chemicals used include:



  1. Propoxur: toxic to the nervous system and a probable carcinogen.

  2. Tetrachlorvinphos: the last organophosphate pesticide permitted for use in pet products, is a probable carcinogen and endocrine disruptor that is also toxic to the nervous system.

  3. Amitraz: a possible human carcinogen and impacts the central nervous system. The National Institutes of Health calls amitraz poisoning in children an emerging problem due to its widespread use.


Step up and protect our pets and our families from these toxic flea collars!


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