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    • May 17, 2012 8:03 PM CDT
    • Fear mongering on the internet

      The internet is a powerful tool. It can be used for good or not so good intentions.

       

      Today I saw a picture of a dog who had a reaction to a flea and tick product. There was a huge warning about how no one should ever use this product.

       

      It bothered me because ANY dog/cat/person can have a reaction to something. I am one of the 3% of people that can not take sulpha drugs. I surely don't go around showing pictures of my reaction and warning people about using them.

       

      That's all. It was just something that bugged me all day. :)

       

      Barb

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    • May 17, 2012 8:14 PM CDT
    • Fear mongering on the internet

      It's that way about EVERYTHING. Especially if it relates to some political agenda. I mean, think about how easy it would be to have some AR group showing a picture of different people mistreating their animals and then saying no one should ever be allowed to own pets? Oh, wait, they already use that tactic.


      Same with "My groomer did XX bad.. don't trust groomers!"

    • May 17, 2012 8:39 PM CDT
    • Fear mongering on the internet

      Hey, I'm part of that 3%!!! What an elite group we are! Wink Our systems must be special.

       

      I can't stand fear mongering of any kind. It's manipulation at it's highest level. And it tends to prey on and take advantage of people in a weaker position: Lack of education, lower intelligence or economically depressed. If you pander to their fears, you can control them. The worst part of it is that it's usually based on erroneous information or an exaggeration of a minimal fact.

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    • May 30, 2012 7:46 AM CDT
    • Fear mongering on the internet

      Warning people of the risks of what COULD happen to their pet when not using a veterinary prescribed flea/tick medication is why I appreciate those types of FB posts.   Owners need to know that the potential is there.

       

       I used K9Advantage II on my 4# Pom and 13# puggle that I am fostering last month.  I purchased it from another groomer online and both of the dogs blew up in horrible burn-like skin irritation overnight, and lost their hair in those areas, which is still not starting to  grow back.    I've never had a reaction like that with my Pom before, so I have no idea what caused the problem, but I threw the remaining 3 applications away, not wanting to risk that type of reaction again.  I gave them both baths the next day, but the damage was done.  I am now afraid to use any topical on either of them for fear of a similar reaction.  Fleas are a real issue at the farm where I live with my Dad right now, but hopefully moving into town in the next week or so will help. 

    • May 30, 2012 3:24 PM CDT
    • Fear mongering on the internet

      Unfortunately, 'could' is not stressed in most of the cases. Instead everyone is warned to never ever use that product because IT is bad.

       

      There is a chance of a bad skin reaction any time something is applied.  We've all had a dog come up itchy after a grooming when no other dog is bothered by the particular products we use.  It happens.  It doesn't necessarily make the product bad.  It makes it bad for that animal.

       

      You should see what happens to my skin when I use Irish Spring soap. (hmmm do they even make that anymore??)

       

      Barb

       

       

       

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