Rotenone is an organic insecticide that has been voluntarily withdrawn by its manufacturer because it’s quite toxic, it’s dangerous to the environment, and there is some evidence that it causes Parkinson’s disease. And there are safer choices. For my post today I was thinking of posting about all of the places I could still buy rotenone, but after doing a web search I couldn’t find many – and most of the places I found to purchase it don’t really have it (I don’t think) – they’re just old pages that weren’t taken down.
But in my string of results I kept getting this one weird hit – something called Goodwinol ointment for dogs. So I looked into it, and sure enough, there’s an ointment you can buy for your dog that contains 1.25 % Rotenone. It’s supposed to be for mange, but no prescription is necessary, so anyone could buy it. To me this is a little concerning. Rotenone is some nasty stuff, 1.25% is a relatively large dose, and I’m not sure that most people using it would be careful to use gloves. So I’m wondering, should this stuff really be out there?