Trifexis, a heart worm and flea preventative, is reportedly responsible for the death of over 900 dogs - an estimate of at least one per day. This marked increase in sudden dog deaths have pet owners questioning why the product is still on the market.
As of now, there has been no solid evidence that Trifexis is responsible for any of the dog deaths; however, grieving pet owners in Atlanta, Georgia have pieced together two commonalities in the death of their pets. The dogs all had taken Trifexis and they all died after having seizures. They feel that the similarities between their cases all merit an answer from the company as well as tests on the product.
Trifexis is promoted as a product that prevents heart worms, hook worms, round worms, whipworms as well as fleas. For those who have experience in flea and heart worm preventatives, especially with the high price of a single monthly pill, it sounds like a miracle drug. There within lies the problem with "miracle drugs," they are filled with harmful chemicals for dogs. While some dogs may be able to endure chemicals in preventatives that solve just fleas and heart worms, drugs that claim to prevent a mouthful of ailments are as dangerous as they are alluring. Warnings on the Trifexis package advise pet owners to look out for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and decreased appetite in dogs, but make no mention of seizures.
According to an Atlanta television that ran a report on the local suspected Trifexis incidents, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware of the adverse reactions that are in connections with Trifexis, yet still are only monitoring the drug.
While pet owners continue to express concern over the incidents and the FDA continues to review the situation, it now falls to pet owners to be wary of what they are giving their pets. Pet owners should be mindful that the cheapest and most wide ranging coverage is not always the best.