Medicine: Flea Market

Chemical-impregnated collars are supposed to keep dogs and cats free of fleas for up to three months. Flea-plagued people apparently believe the collars will do the same for them. In both California and New York, pet store owners report a booming business in the collars and suspect that some are ending up on the necks, ankles or wrists of pet owners rather than on their pets. Says James Umberfield, manager of San Francisco's House of Pets: "One woman came in here with big red spots all over her legs and said she was buying a collar for herself because her apartment...

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