Why is Fido dead? Prescription drugs are killing dogs, too

Drugs have a long term detrimental affect to your dog’s health and longevity. Drugs collect in the liver and kidneys and shorten a dog’s lifespan. Drugs are merely a band aid to suppress the symptoms while the patient is bleeding to death! They just don’t work because they don’t get to the cause of the problem.

I posted this article originally in March of 2007 and there has been no removing of these drugs from the market nor have vets stopped prescribing and dispensing them (most of which do not go over the known side effects or risks involved in giving them to your dog!)

(NewsTarget) The FDA has released information concerning non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pets — including Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox and Rimadyl — that shows they have been connected to 22,000 cases of illness in dogs, almost 3,000 of which were fatal.

The drug makers maintain their medicines are safe. Deramaxx-maker Novartis stated, “Deramaxx has been safely and effectively used to treat more than 1 million dogs for canine osteo-arthritis.” Boehringer Ingelheim, maker of Metacam, said it was “confident that there are millions of
animals whose lives have been improved by the pain relieving benefits of (Metacam).” Both companies note they provide vets with information sheets concerning the side effects.

The FDA states that the pet NSAIDs are considered safe and effective when used according to the label and if owners are aware of the side effects.

However, Chris Sweeney, who used to own a 9-year-old cocker spaniel named Ari, said she never would have used the drugs if she had been aware of the possible side effects.

“I went from having a healthy dog to having a dog that had to be rushed to the hospital and they said he might die on the way,” Sweeney said, adding that she believes Metacam is responsible for Ari’s death.

Boston veterinarian Dr. Margo Roman said she feels cases such as Ari’s are the tip of the iceberg.

“There’s liver issues, there can be kidney issues, there can be gastrointestinal irritation issues,” Roman said, adding that she would never prescribe these NSAIDs to her patients or use them on her own dog.

Pet owners do not have to turn to potentially harmful prescription drugs for their pets’ health, however. Natural options are available. Health advocate Mike Adams says that pet health, like human health, mostly comes down to proper nutrition, although he noted a pet’s dietary needs were specific.

“It is tragic, although not surprising, that so many beloved pets are falling victim to these side effects,” said Adams, co-author of the “Real Safety Guide to Pet Health” with Dawn Prate. “These drug companies are just interested in making a buck, and the FDA is just interested in protecting their financial interests, so of course they are going to say the medicine is safe if used properly.  What they don’t mention is that these drugs should only be used as an absolute last resort or if your pet sustains an injury, not as part of a lifestyle.

“The bottom line is: The healthiest thing you can do for your pet is love it, feed it properly, and keep prescription drugs as far away from it as possible,” he said.


Do your homework, research,  ask to see the client information sheet or better yet ask to speak with your veterinarian when she/he prescribes a drug for your pet,  whether it be a flea killer or heartworm (so called prevention) to Metacam to Rimadyl.   Just because your veterinarian says it is safe or that your dog NEEDS it does not make it so nor does it mean that there are not safer and just as effective natural modalities available.   Please,  for your pet’s sake,  KNOW what you are putting into their bodies, be informed,  be aware!  Our animals rely on US to do the very best possible for them

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