Trifexis – a medication prescribed to dogs suffering with the uninvited guests of fleas, parasites, and worms – has a bad rep of killing dogs, but the FDA has found no link between the medication and the deaths. Fortunately – or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it – safely administrating Trifexis to your dog is as easy as reading and understanding the drug’s label.
Trifexis is a chewable, flavored tablet that is to be given to dogs only. Trifexis treats hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, intestinal parasites, and prevents fleas and heartworms.
Before administrating any medication to your dog, it is imperative that you read and understand the side effects and warnings printed on its label.
The side effects associated with Trifexis include decreased appetite, lethargy, skin irritations (such as redness, scabs, and scratching), and vomiting.
Trifexis warns pet parents that dogs allergic to Milbemycin oxime or spinosad should not be given Trifexis.
Milbemycin oxime is a drug that kills heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, and other parasites. Side effects associated with Milbemycin oxime include seizures, shock, and upset stomach.
Spinosad is a natural substance that is toxic to insects, including ants, fleas, fruit flies, leafminers, lice, mosquitoes, spider mites, and thrips. Side effects associated with spinosad are few, but include skin irritation, skin redness, and vomiting.
If your dog experiences any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. Your dog may simply be experiencing a mild sensitivity that will go away once his body adjusts, but he could also be severely allergic to Trifexis.
A guide to properly dosing Trifexis to dogs can be found on the company’s website.
Animals are sensitive to medications just as humans are, so what do you think? Is Trifexis really killing dogs, or are dog owners not paying enough attention to labels? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to share this information with your friends by using the buttons below!