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Environmental pollution from pet parasiticides
  1. Christopher JL Little and
  2. Alistair BA Boxall
  1. Barton Veterinary Hospital and Surgery, 34 New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3BH
  2. Department of Environment and Geography, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5NG

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There is an array of drugs available for the treatment of endo- and ectoparasites in dogs and cats. These come in a plethora of different combinations and formulations for oral and spot-on use, and in the form of collars. This cornucopia of products is evidence that this is a highly lucrative market.

One active ingredient used in these products – the neonicotinoid imidacloprid – is believed to have contributed to the decline of insect populations due to its use as a pesticide.1, 2 Recent findings have shown that the use of neonicotinoids resulted in the collapse of commercial fisheries at a lake in Japan …

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