Flea and Tick Medicine may be risky for your Pet

FDA: Some flea and tick medications can increase seizure risk in pets

The culprits are treatments in the isoxazoline class, which includes well-known brands such as Bravecto, Nexgard and Simperica.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class.

FDA said that the target products will include a warning on the label which will clearly mention the possible risks as the symptoms are recurrent across the whole class.

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Although the medicines for animals had previously earned FDA approval following careful testing, the agency noted that there is always the potential for new information to emerge after the product has been used on a larger population.

"Isoxazoline products have been associated with neurologic adverse reactions, including muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures in some dogs and cats", the alert said. They recently approved Credelio, that also prevents fleas and treat the control of tick infestation. Pet owners who are now treating their furry friend with Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica should be wary, as the agency said some animals treated with these medications "have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizure". The agency is asking the manufacturers to make the changes to the product labeling in order to provide veterinarians and pet owners with the information they need to make treatment decisions for each pet on an individual basis. Experts will continue to monitor adverse drug events report of the products and encourage pet owners to report any accidents or drug events that might occur.

For concerned people, FDA has also offered a phone line where they can ask for more information about the drugs or report any incidents.

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