The Safety of Preventative Pet Care | Lange Animal Hospital

Staying Healthy & Safe with Preventative Pet Care

When thinking about preventative pet care, wellness exams and vaccinations often come to mind first. Then, you may think of parasite preventatives. These are a crucial part of your pet’s health care plan. Parasite prevention not only keeps pests and internal parasites at bay, but it lessens your pet’s chance at developing serious illness. Pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can all transmit dangerous diseases to your pet.

Positives Over Negatives

The positives for pest prevention far outweigh any negatives. The potential for contracted diseases is a much greater concern than any potential side effects. Yet, there has been some apprehension about the safety of some of these preventatives, but severe cases are few and far between. Some of the products in question include Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica. Yet, we can assure you that these are all very safe for your pets.

Stringent Regulations from the Very Beginning

Before they are approved for use, all animal drugs go through rigorous evaluation and testing by the FDA. Even after the drugs are in use, the manufacturers are required to report any suspected reaction. The most common adverse reactions include vomiting or diarrhea, and in very rare cases, neurological side effects. Whenever a veterinarian comes across what he or she believes to be a side effect from a particular drug, they report it to the manufacturer, who in turn reports it to the FDA. This creates a high level of transparency so that manufacturers, vets, and owners can all be better informed about potential side effects.

Be Wary of Online Pharmacies

Another important safety measure when purchasing your pet’s parasite preventatives is to always get them from a trusted source, meaning either directly from your vet, or from a pharmacy associated with your vet. Manufacturers do not sell to online pharmacies that are not associated with a veterinarian. This means that drugs you get from these sources are not regulated and could be repackaged, counterfeit, or expired. The best thing for you and your pet is to play it safe and purchase preventatives and other medications from your vet or their trusted pharmacy.

For More Information

If you’re interested in learning more about these flea and tick preventatives, you can read this fact sheet provided by the FDA.