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There has been a lot of news lately about dogs dying after being given Trifexis. This is very sad.
Because it is so sad I thought I would do some research on this particular drug and get some facts for everyone.
What is Trifexis?
Trifexis, a flea killer and heartworm preventive was introduced in 2011. Trifexis, a beef-flavored chewable tablet, is available in five dosages
based on a dog’s weight. The drug is indicated to prevent and treat
flea infestations, prevent heartworm disease, and treat and control
adult hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.
This particular drug is
being blamed for nearly 1,000 dog deaths, but both the manufacturer and
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned that no evidence has
been found tying the drug to the claims.
Pet owners have debated the drug’s safety
on multiple websites and even started a Facebook page called Does
Trifexis Kill Dogs?
FDA, which approves and regulates human and animal drugs, acknowledged
that dog owners and veterinarians have lodged formal complaints about
Trifexis (spinosad and milbemycin oxime).
“FDA is aware of adverse event reports in connection with Trifexis and
continues to closely monitor them,” the agency reported in a prepared
statement. “It is very important to realize that reports of adverse events do not necessarily mean that the product caused the event. Other
factors, such as existing disease, exposure to chemicals or
contaminants, foods, or other medications may have triggered or
contributed to the cause of the event.”
The drug’s manufacturer in
March 2012 added ataxia and seizures to the list of reported adverse
reactions. The drug’s initial approval noted mild side effects such as
vomiting, itching, lethargy and diarrhea.
Dog owners should raise any concerns about Trifexis with their veterinarian and any pet owners who have had problems they believe are
attributable to any FDA-regulated products to work with their
veterinarians to file a report with the agency.
What Should You Do?
If you have had issues with this drug it is important to notify the FDA and file a report. You can do so at this link: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm055305.htm
Let's make sure our pets are kept safe and if you are not comfortable giving your dog this medication, then don't do it.