- Senator Dean Skelos, President and Majority Coalition Leader
- United States of America
D-LIMONENE IS A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL TO OUR COMPANION PETS.
A chemical called d-limonene has been used as a pesticide/insectiside in pet products for about 20 years or so. The EPA regulates this chemical along with the CPSC.
I researched what this chemical can do to our dogs and cats and below are just a handful of studies among the many I found:
~~Dogs experiencing epidermal necrosis associated with d-limoene are usually in pain and systemically ill. Anemia and liver and kidney damage may also occur. Supportive care is usually essential until the condition resolves. Severe forms of this condition are similar in severity to what is seen in third degree burn victims, with extensive skin damage resulting in skin sloughing, depression, shock, coma and often death. See Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XIII 1999. pp.556; Muller and Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology 1995; pp.590;
~~ Natural insecticidal dips or sprays containing citrus extract d-limonene, 50% of the 24 animal cases developed clinical signs of adverse health reactions whether or not product was used appropriately or inappropriately. 92% of animals experienced one or more of an adverse health condition. Study from Jrnl. of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society 2012 pp1-6
~~Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis associated with flea dips containing d-limonene --Vet Hum Toxicol 1992 Feb
TEN --a life-threatening skin condition that the top layer of skin (the epidermis) detaches from the lower layers of the skin (the dermis) all over the body. Sepsis is secondary problem often fatal disease.
~~Erythema Multiforme major and disseminated intravascular coagulation developed in a dog 24 hrs. following application of a d-limonene insecticidal dip. Despite intensive supportive care, the dog developed severe necrosis and widespread hemorrhage within organs and died -- J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1995 Nov.
People love their animals and they need to be made aware of these statistics to help pet owners make informed decisions regarding their pet's care. Dog and cat owners deserve to know this type of knowledge. Even I a doting pet owner never knew of this potent chemical. This chemical does not have the attention it should that it is this problematic to our companion pets.
Together we can demand our state law makers to not allow for another pet to become so ill or die by discontinuing the use of d-limonene in pet products. Please help our pets safety. If a chemical is proving over and over to have risks to our pets lives, it should not be allowed.
Dogs and cats have such a short life span on this earth so why shorten it even more by allowing a chemical like this to be used?
Please ban the use of d-limonene in pet products! Even more pets will be losing their health and lives if its use continues.
There are more recent studies and cases that are showing the toxicity to its use on our dogs and cats since it was last reviewed. Allowing d-limonene in pet products seems like cruelty to the animal.
Dogs and cats cannot tell you what their pain felt like and how they suffered through, but we can be their voice for we witnessed and suffered along with them. Most animal lovers believe their dogs and cats are family.
If a chemical is proving over and over to have risks to our pets' lives, it should not be allowed. Please help make a change for the good, we love our companion pets, they are part of our family and we want to make companion animals lives safer!
Dogs and cats have such a short life span on this earth so why possibly shorten it even more by allowing a chemical like this to be used? The benefits of d-limonene do not outweigh the damage it can do as new cases & studies are showing! Thank you for your support.
The URGE LAWMAKERS TO REMOVE D-LIMONENE FROM PET PRODUCTS!! petition to Senator Dean Skelos, President and Majority Coalition Leader was written by Laura Hughes and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.