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Apr 02 2015

Trifexis In The News

The media with their huge appetite for sensationalism and highly emotional pet owners that have lost pets have come together to condemn Trifexis. I would like to present a series of objective facts supporting why I believe Trifexis to be a very good drug and a very beneficial tool in the overall fight against our pets suffering due to fleas and heartworms.
-As far as WSB Channel 2 Atlanta and the news media in general goes the fact is sensationalism sells advertisement and many times objectivity is lost in this process. On the other hand as veterinarians we have several products that can replace Trifexis so therefore we have no economic pressure to sell Trifexis. We thrive on keeping dogs healthier longer and if there is any scientific evidence a drug is dangerous believe me we will drop it like a hot potato.
-As I search Veterinary Information Network, an internet idea exchange forum subscribed to by thousands of practicing veterinarians, the two primary problems reported with Trifexis are that dogs don’t eat the chewable tablets well and dogs occasionally vomit after dosing. No mention of any deaths suspected of being related to Trifexis.
-There is no one from veterinary teaching hospitals blaming Trifexis for any deaths. This includes dozens of veterinarians specializing in parasites (heartworms and fleas), medicine (the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of all diseases), toxicology (agents including drugs that poison animals) and pathology (experts in disease processes and causes of death).
-Trifexis is a combination of two drugs. Both drugs have been on the market as separate, single agent products longer than Trifexis and not even WSB Channel 2 has incriminated either of these products.
-Millions of doses of Trifexis as well as other flea control and heartworm preventative products are given every month. The law of averages say some dog somewhere is going to die for some reason within a few days of getting one of these products.
-Just think of the billions of flea bites that occur daily then add the allergy component that all combine to make many dogs miserable. Heartworms are still pose a huge risk for unprotected animals, especially in our area. While we do have other products that do what Trifexis does we do not need to lose one of our tools for fighting the flea and the heartworm unless there is solid evidence of a problem.

ddaley | News