FDA warns consumers about certain flea and tick medications for pets

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While most dogs and cats don't experience neurologic problems related to the treatments, seizures can occur in those even without a prior history.

This warning is enough to get any pet owner anxious!

If you live in a warmer climate, then you may be giving your pet this medicine all year round.

Health officials are alerting pet owners and veterinarians that certain flea and tick treatments might put dogs and cats at an increased risk of neurologic issues, including seizures. Veterinarians should use their specialized training to review their patients' medical histories and determine, in consultation with pet owners, whether a product in the isoxazoline class is appropriate for the pet.

"The FDA considers products in the isoxazoline class to be safe and effective for dogs and cats but is providing this information so that pet owners and veterinarians can take it into consideration when choosing flea and tick products for their pets", the FDA explains in its bulletin.

Meds in this class include Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica.

If your pet has had an adverse reaction to one of these drugs, first consult your vet.

"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", the FDA said.

The FDA is quick to point out that the majority of pets that have been treated drugs from the isoxazoline class haven't experienced negative side effects.

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