FDA Warns Pet Owners and Vets About Risks of Certain Flea and Tick Medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently issued an animal drug safety communication about the potential neurological side effects of a class of flea and tick medication known as isoxazoline.

FDA-approved isoxazoline drugs go by the brand names Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica.  Isoxazolines are a relatively new class of synthetic pesticides that can be administered orally as well as topically.

The neurological adverse reactions identified by the FDA include muscle tremors, ataxia (loss of muscle control), and seizures.

While the FDA reports that they still consider these drugs to be safe and effective, it is notifying veterinarians and pet owners of these adverse neurological reactions so that they can make informed decisions about flea and tick control for the animals in their care.

The FDA advises vets and pet owners to report adverse drug events to the drug manufacturers or to the FDA.  You can find a list of the drug manufacturers and their phone numbers in this fact sheet for pet owners and veterinarians.

For more on isooxazoline drugs, click HERE.


Thanksgiving Food Safety for Pets


Thanksgiving is coming next week, which makes it official…the holiday season is here!  We love to share the holiday festivities with our pets, and this sometimes includes a treat from the table.  Thanksgiving is always a good time to remind well-meaning pet owners to go easy on feeding our dogs and cats scraps from the table.


While some people food is OK in moderation, there are definitely some things that need to be kept away from hungry pets. Here’s a handy guide on what foods you should avoid feeding your best friend this Thanksgiving:




Restraining Your Dog While Driving

Why should you buckle up your dog?

According to Jennifer Davidson, the Manager of Traffic Advocacy at AAA, “people don’t realize how important it is to buckle up their dog. An unrestrained pet can become a hazardous projectile in the event of an accident or sudden stop, injuring himself, the driver and passengers.”

Furthermore, Davidson explains that an unrestrained, 10-lb. dog in a crash at 50 mph will exert approximately 500 lbs. of force, while an unrestrained, 90-lb. dog like the Feldmans’ dog Sally, traveling in a car at 30 mph in a crash, will exert about 2700 pounds of force.

The best gear to buckle up your pet

To protect a pet, the driver and other passengers, Davidson recommends that pet-owning drivers use a body harness specifically made for the car travel.

“As long as the dogs are belted in, a well- constructed body harness spreads the crash forces across the dog body,” explains Carl Goldberg, inventor of the Roadie Canine Vehicle Restraint Dog Car Harness/Seat Belt.

Goldberg first conceived of the Roadie after he slammed on his brakes to avoid a collision. As a result, his 100-lb. chocolate Lab was ejected from the seat and thrown into the windshield. Fortunately, Goldberg, his daughter or dog were not injured.

Originally, Goldberg designed the product with the help of a veterinary orthopedic surgeon and design engineer because he realized the importance of producing a canine restraint harness that would not choke or injure an animal upon impact. Over the years, he has slightly modified the product to enhance the quality as well as to have a better fitting product. Currently, the product is made in the USA in association with CoverCraft.

When asked why a harness is preferable to a crate when traveling by car, both Davidson and Goldberg agree that a secured crate could explode because a dog could hit the inside walls with such force that the crate could open up and the dog would be thrown out of the car.

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