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The risks of using Bravecto®, Nexgard® and Simparica® had not hit the internet as of early-October 2018 but Jean Dodds, DVM sent a warning for pet owners.





by NetPlaces Network Science & Advisory Board


The FDA issued the fluralaner flea and tick products warning on September 20, 2018 but somehow it wasn’t picked up by the search engines. Designed to keep fleas and ticks off of your pets, classifies them, as PPPs, i.e. Potentially Poisonous Products. Unlike some heartworm prevention products.


Since the late 90’s we have explained the potential side effects of heartworm treatment or prevention “medications” can be as debilitating to some dogs as is the existence of a few heartworms – which, barring constant re-infection, will die off and are usually harmlessly absorbed. We also realize that a dead worm can potentially block an artery as it decomposes, a potentially deadly side effect.


Our staff understands that most veterinarians are neither as knowledgeable nor as secure in their practices as is Dr. Jean Dodds. As regards this heartworm issue, Dr. Dodds is part of an expert committee researching and compiling “reported adverse reactions to isoxazolines, synthetic pesticides.


For over two decades Dr. Dodds and other outspoken veterinarians have saved countless animal lives and spared owners the particularly horrible grief that results from needless death.


It seems the FDA may have been compromised. How could the Food and Drug Administration not withhold approval until the actual incidence of adverse reactions has been scrupulously documented? How many people read or keep the prescription handout from the pharmacist? Something you don’t get when the veterinarian hands you the little bottle or envelope which they filled from their big supply bottle.


We are told “Dogs and cats with no known prior medical history of muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures have experienced those adverse reactions to this class of flea and tick preventive pesticides.


If in fact animals suddenly have those problems after being given this kind of parasite preventive pesticides, it seems obvious that the product is potentially dangerous. No medical product, human or veterinary should be on the market if “potentially” deadly.


The FDA is not pulling the four flea and tick preventatives off the market at this time but they will all have to carry an FDA warning on their packaging.


Among the best phone numbers to call in an emergency is 1-800-222-1222 the National Poison Control Center which will automatically connect to their free service in your state. Depending on who answers, you may get quick, basic information for animal poisoning and it is free, 24-7.


Ref 1 Dr. Jean Dodds’ FDA flea-tick-products warning

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