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Veterinarian reminds you of the importance of flea & tick medication

Posted at 5:54 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 07:51:28-04

PORT WASHINGTON -- A veterinarian in Port Washington hopes you do not skip your furry friend's monthly medications.

This includes flea and tick prevention, despite new FDA warnings of seizure risks.

Here are the pills and chews the Food and Drug Administration called out:

  • Bravecto
  • Credelio
  • Nexgard
  • Simparica

Officials warn the pills and chews could cause neurological problems, like muscle tremors or seizures.

Dr. Wade Tate with Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists tells us why you should not worry. He explained the FDA routinely does this with a new class of products. After millions of doses given out to pets over the course of about five years, he is not surprised new warnings have been added.

"I would say there is a risk associated with that, meaning ticks do carry and transmit diseases to dogs that are very significant and can cause disease," said Dr. Tate.

Ticks can cause health issues in animals. This includes Lyme Disease as the tick feasts on the host's blood.

Dr. Tate hopes you have a conversation with your veterinarian and find alternatives if your dog has a history of seizures, such as the topical form.

Click here to see the full FDA warning.