Most natural veterinary parasite products don't work: It's science

January 31, 2019
Richard Gerhold, DVM, MS, PhD

Richard Gerhold, DVM, MS, PhD

Discussing all natural, organic parasite preventives with clients and general practitioners.

With regard to the latest wave of organic parasite preventives, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Richard Gerhold, DVM, MS, PhD, is skeptical. He says their effectiveness simply can't be backed up by scientific testing. What's more, he cites One Health as a consideration:

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"In using those products, you potentially could seed an environment that could lead to not only an animal disease, but also a human health disease," he says.

So, while your clients may find these products attractive, Dr. Gerhold encourages you to direct them to other resources-such as the Companion Animal Parasite Council-that feature science-based recommendations.

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