There has been a lot of recent concerns regarding the safety of flea and tick medications for dogs. At Pinnacle Protection dogs we always strive to keep our clients up to speed on the latest research and statistics regarding canine health and nutrition. Recently the FDA has announced that flea and tick medications are causing neurological complications in dogs. some of the side effects reported are as follows, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, and alexia.
Most flea and tick medications contain an active ingredient call isoxazoline which can be very harmful to your protection dog. When a protection dog is given isoxazoline they affect the entire body of your personal protection dog. When absorbed into the blood, fleas and ticks become paralyzed and die after ingesting your protection dog’s blood. The problem with poisoning fleas and ticks is that your protection dog must absorb this toxin first. In most cases, the test for safety on this chemical along with many others, are usually only done for a few months. Nobody has continued studies long enough to know just how dangerous this can be to a protection dog who receives treatment monthly. The above symptoms many dogs are displaying show that pets are, to a degree being poisoned along with the ticks and fleas we are attempting to rid our protection dogs off.
The FDA is now working with manufacturers of these products to highlight these side effects as they have seen consistently across the isoxazoline class of products. Products will soon display warning labels of side effects that you can be on the lookout for. If you wish to use any of the flea and tick medications on your protection dog please keep a close eye on your pet. Should you see any adverse reactions bring your dog to the vet and possibly look for other natural alternatives to keep your protection dog free of fleas and ticks,