FDA Warns of Adverse Neurological Effects Associated with Certain Prevenatives
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an article "alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class."
They found that some animals receiving flea and tick products, such as Bravecto, NexGard, Simparica, and Credelio have experienced seizures, muscle tremors, and ataxia.
The FDA is currently working with the manufacturers of those products to include new label information that highlights these neurologic symptoms.
Pain Management and Healing With Laser Therapy
Health and Wellness Animal Hospital provides both traditional and alternative treatment options to provide the best care for your pets. One of our specialties is pain management using laser therapy.
Laser therapy utilizes a beam of light, which penetrates deeply into tissues to produce physiologic positive changes that both modify pain neurochemicals and reduces inflammation in the tissues.
In other words, laser therapy treatment reduces pain, decreases inflammation, and accelerates healing in pets. It's a pain free-treatment that feels like a warm massage!
Therapeutic laser can be used to treat acute and chronic ear infections, arthritis, hot spots, fractures, and a variety of other conditions in pets. Protocols vary from a single treatment to a series of treatments spaced accordingly, depending on the severity of the symptoms and how chronic the condition is.
Here are 5 things you need to know about laser therapy and how it’ll help your pet feel better and heal quicker:
New Food Additive, Xylitol, Posing Risk to Pets
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener that has become increasingly popular in dental products and chewing gum over the past few years. It's loved for human consumption because of its low glycemic index and because it is not an "artificial" sweetener.
Recently, peanut butter and other nut butter companies have begun to add this ingredient to their products. The three brands that currently have xylitol in them are Nuts 'n More, Krush Nutrition and P-28 Foods, but there is concern that the ingredient's use in foods may become more widespread.
Xylitol is extremely dangerous to dogs, so please check the label before making treats for your pooch or indulging them in your breakfast favorite. Just 2 ounces of a product sweetened with xylitol is enough to be a toxic dose for a 25-pound dog!
Experts warn that pet owners should always check food labels before feeding something to their pet, especially if the food is marked as "sugar free" or "no sugar added" as these goods may also have harmful effects on your pet.