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Posted by petemergencyclinic on October 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,


Recently, I treated 2 dogs in the same night that had ingested the correct dose of a popular flea product and began showing symptoms of illness. We did blood testing on both of these pets (looked ok,) treated both with IV fluids and anti-nausea, and both got better. I believe that these situations were at least suspicious of an adverse reaction to this drug. Could I prove it? No. Too many other possibilities. But I still made the recommendation that these owners find an alternate flea treatment in order to totally avoid the chance that this could be a real issue.


This type of report is what is called anecdotal, meaning that this incident occured, a doctor believed that it was related to the drug, and it was suggested that the drug be avoided in that particular pet because of it. Again, it is definitely not proven. The recommendation was made out of caution.


But the above are the types of anecdotal reports that wind up on websites decrying certain very useful drugs. Emotion and innuendo, along with very little hard data, comprises such websites. As an example, the drug Trifexis, a combination flea and heartworm product that is very popular, is one such drug that is under attack by such a website. Yet, millions and millions of doses have been dispensed with very few problems.


So what am I saying? Take ANY information you get from anywhere, especially an internet search, with a grain of salt. It may very well have an agenda behind it. Find out for yourself what the truth is. Hint: your own local DVM is your pet's advocate. Chances are good that you can get TRUE info from him or her.


And if something is true for YOU, it is true. Do not deny what you know.


If, for example, you see that for your pet, a drug such as Trifexis or any other, causes illness, subtle or otherwise, USE ANOTHER DRUG. It does not matter just how great the safety studies show it to be if it is not safe for your pet.


In this age of endless information, it becomes even harder to sift the true from the not-so-true. Take the time and your pet's life will benefit.


You CAN do something about pet illness.


That is all.



Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic

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