Neurological Warning Issued For Certain Flea and Tick Medication s For Dogs and Cats Issued

November 5, 2018

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The FDA is warning consumers that some flea and tick medications for dogs and cats it previously deemed safe may cause neurological problems in some animals. The flea and tick pills Bravecto, Nexgard, Simparica, and Credelio have been flagged by the FDA as potentially dangerous to pets. After being approved for use in cats and dogs, the agency received reports from some vets and pet owners that the isoxazoline class of medications were triggering muscle tremors, loss of balance, seizures, and other neurological side effects in both cats and dogs. Epileptic animals may be especially vulnerable, but even pets without a history of seizures have experienced these symptoms. However the drugs are still considered safe and effective for most pets with no plans to pull them off the shelves. If the drugs aren't causing any issues, the benefits of keeping your pet on flea and tick treatments will likely outweigh the risks. However you should consult your veterinarian to assess the situation and verify the best way to keep you pets safe and free from fleas and ticks.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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