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Posted on 09-24-2018
Last week, several news outlets have been looking into the safety of flea and tick medications. We want to inform our clients of the actual safety of those products and the very rare occurrence for any side effects other than the occasional gastrointestinal upset! We spoke with several of our manufactures and have put together information to educate everyone. Please read and share with everyone so we can all understand the benefits are far greater than the risks of these medications for our animals.
From Merck Animal Health:
The FDA does a routine check 2 years after a product goes on the market to go back and check side effects and efficacy. This is something the FDA does on every medication out there and they are just checking and rechecking how the product is working and if any new side effects or issues have arose. As new medications are out on the market, the FDA will continue to do studies on the new drugs added to this class of medications. Bravecto and Nexgard, our two in house flea and tick products, are not affected by this and have not changed anything since they have been on the market. Both have already gone through their routine FDA check since they have been on the market for several years.
If your pets have been taking these preventatives and have never had any symptoms of an adverse reaction, then you are safe to continue using these products. Nothing in them has changed and nothing new will just show up. It is similar to having an allergy to something, if you are allergic, the first time or two you are in contact, you will know that you have a problem with that specific product. The chance is so small to have any type of reaction.
Below is a link to the FDA report if you are interested in reading through it! If you have any questions, contact Main Street Animal Hospital and we will be happy to answer any questions!
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