oral flea medications can cause seizures in dogs

From Gary Roberts, Acenitec President

If you’re like me, your dogs are some of your best friends in this world. With the exception of children, elderly, and handicapped, who may lack the resources available for help, dogs and other domesticated animals are dependent on us for their care and well-being. If you can’t love a dog, you probably won’t do well with people either.

In my 46 years of involvement in the pest control industry, I’ve never really embraced the concept of pets being given systemic, or oral, pesticide products for flea and tick control. With other methods available, ingesting pesticides seems extreme to me.

When Acenitec treats the areas around the homes that people and pets inhabit, we take the mandated labeling very seriously, making every effort to avoid unnecessarily exposing beloved pets to the pesticidal products. And, fortunately, I’m unaware of any documented case where a customer’s pet has been adversely impacted by our treatments.

Side Effects of Oral Flea Medications for Pets

Such was not the case recently when we recently took our 11-year-old dog for a routine veterinary check-up. The veterinarian, who comes very highly recommended, suggested to my wife that we might want to try a product that the dog can take to prevent fleas and ticks. She agreed to this, and we both thought nothing of it; that is, until the next night when we were awakened by our dog in the middle of an apparent seizure. We did our best to comfort him, but he was terrified and unable to walk for several minutes, which seemed like much longer. Because the seizure ended, we waited until the next morning to call the vet. Our dog sleeps in our bedroom, and I lay with him on the floor until he seemed calm.

Neither my wife nor I had yet to connect all this with the flea control product he had been given. However, shortly after speaking to the vet, my wife began to wonder about the possibility of a connection. She called the vet, and he said he didn’t think that was the cause, but that he’d do some research to see if seizures were a possibility. Within a short time, he called back and said, to his own surprise, seizures were one of the possible reactions listed for the product, called Simparica. Needless to say, we returned the product to him shortly after.

How to Treat for Fleas and Ticks Using Other Methods

My intuitive skepticism of systemic flea control products is just that, my own intuition. I’m sure there are conditions involving endo-parasites like worms of various kinds that require the ingestion of a systemic pesticide. But for flea and tick control, I feel much better treating my backyard regularly with Acenitec’s flea and tick service. Occasionally, if I see my dog scratching, I’ll, also, use a spot spray product like Petcor, which contains both an adulticide, which kills adult fleas and ticks, and an insect growth regulator (IGR), which prevents them from reproducing.

I certainly both respect and utilize the veterinary profession and in no way want to minimize their contribution to the well-being of animals. But, in this instance, both my dog and I are now sleeping very comfortably.

Acenitec’s Commitment to Protecting Your Pets

As I previously mentioned, at Acenitec, we make it our priority to protect your family and pets no matter which service we’re providing. The insecticides we use are safe for pets and help control ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and other pests that can make your dog or cats itch. Call us today to discuss your pest control needs and schedule a complimentary inspection of your property.