Pet Drugs Are Subject of Safety Fears

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Authorities and pet owners are beginning to raise serious questions about the safety and effectiveness of animal medicines, mirroring worries over human drugs like the painkiller Vioxx. Full Story
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Jean Townsend

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#1 Mar 10, 2007
Many thanks to Jeff Donn for his article on Pet Drugs!

Losing my beloved chocolate lab, George, to irreversible adverse reactions to Rimadyl was a shock that I have still not receovered from - almost 10 years later. He had to be put to sleep Oct. 13, 1997.

Since then I have met hundreds of dog owners whose dogs had proven or suspected adverse reactions to Rimadyl and similar drugs known as NSAIDS. Veterinarians, in my opinion, need to give out the Client Information Sheets that are provided by Pfizer and other drug companies - since they are not required to give out the sheets - not many do.

Jean
(Always for George - Always for the Rimadyl Dogs)
B.A.R.K.S.
Be Aware of Rimadyl's Known Side-effects
http://dogsadversereactions.com/
http://srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylfr.html
Kris Christine

Rockland, ME

#2 Mar 10, 2007
Excellent article! For their companions' health, pet owners should also educate themselves about veterinary vaccines, which are biologic drugs. Most people are unaware that these vaccines (distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis) have proven minimum durations of immunity of 7 years, some up to 15 years -- yet many veterinarians routinely give redundant boosters every 3 years or more -- a human equivalent would be receiving polio shots every 3 years. The rabies vaccine, required by law annually or triennially, has been proven by challenge to confer immunity for a minimum of 5 years (Michel Aubert) and 7 years serologically (Ronald Schultz). For more information on the canine rabies vaccine and THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND, which is raising funds to finance concurrent 5 & 7 year challenge studies at The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, please visit www.RabiesChallengeFund.org , WWW.RABIESCHALLENGEFUND.ORG .
georgie fong

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#3 Mar 10, 2007
My dog, Sascho, died from internal bleeding from the drugs Rimadyl and Previcox. Previcox is chemically almost identical to Vioxx. Previcox came into the animals market after Vioxx was pull off the market for humans. My dog, Sascho's vet didn't even inform me he INJECTED RIMADYL into Sascho nontheless inform me about the potential side effect for those drugs for a senior dog. They lives are cheap, I founded out after my dog died that he is 'PROPERTY'. But he went to the vet for 10 years and I paid for all his medical treatments like he was a CHILD GOING TO A PEDITRICIAN.
Jane Hagner

Riva, MD

#4 Mar 10, 2007
Dear Mr. Donn:
Really do appreciate your article warning of NSAIDs and especially RIMADYL which killed our dear dog last February. Our trusted vet gave me no indication that she would develop all of the symptoms that came upon her so rapidly. Even after stopping the medication, she continued to get worse, and she had to be put to sleep because of terrible seizures and kidney failure. It is sad to say that our vet will not admit this was the cause of our losing our dog. She had none of the symptoms before taking RIMADYL, so what else can we believe? I hope people question their vets and doctors before taking any medication. We are the only ones who can protect ourselves and our animals. Shameful situation.
LAQ

Birmingham, AL

#5 Mar 10, 2007
I believe my German Shephard was also killed due to being given drugs that were never tested for them. I too was given no literature or side effect warnings. My dog has to be put down only 3 days after what I believe was a deadly drug.
Pam Pickett

Milton Keynes, UK

#6 Mar 10, 2007
I hope this article will open the eyes of the vets to the urgent and long overdue need to discuss all possible side effects with an owner, when prescribing NSAID's.
I also hope owner's will now have learned about the often 'hit and miss' trialling of these drugs on our dogs, and will demand any necessary information from their vet. Our dogs depend on us.
My own dog almost died from an adverse reaction to an NSAID.
Thank you Jeff. All who are responsible for the safety of animals, have reason to be grateful to you.
Gail Adrian

Troy, PA

#7 Mar 10, 2007
Thank you for this important information. I feel protected. Pfizer should have been held accountable but in these days of corporate ownership I doubt it ever will take responsibility and it is through the research and reporting of people like you that our dogs are protected.
Marcia Rosenberg

United States

#8 Mar 10, 2007
Thanks to Jeff Donn for an excellent article on a very important subject. As an animal lover, I am well aware of the potential risks of many veterinary drugs. However, far too many people know nothing of these potential deadly side-effects, and their veterinarians are not telling them. Let's put pressure on veterinarians everywhere to make it mandatory that they distribute detailed, easy-to-understand information on what to watch for if administering these drugs to their pets.
Dr RAJESH KUMAR

New Delhi, India

#9 Mar 10, 2007
The article by Jeff Donn is an eye opener to all those who are involved in making of drugs for pets animal use.New drugs which enter into the market must undergo foolproof testing procedure.Just because the drug is meant for those uncomplaining pets animal does not mean that safety parameters for the drugs produced could be anything less than that produced for human use.God made the human so special just because that HE wanted us human to take care of all those other creation made by HIM.
J T- Henderson NV

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#10 Mar 10, 2007
In December of 2005, my precious Maxwell, a 7 yr old German Shepard/Rhodsian Ridgeback mix, was diagnosed with Bladder stones. There was no other way to get rid of them except surgery.
Pre and post surgery he was given Rimadyl. He was also given a Fen Patch and antibiotics. 10 days later Max got extremely ill. He was vomiting, drinking tons of water, and his bladder was uncontrollable. He also walked around as if he was in a daze and had raspy labored breathing. The vet I talked to told me he had probably ingested a toxic poison of some sort, make sure he got plenty of water and if he wasn't better in the morning to bring him in. The next morning, upon waking, I found Max on his last breath. Less than 1 minute later he was dead.
It was in Max's medical records that he should not be given Rimadyl. Rimadyl is known to cause toxic reactions in some dogs and can contribute to the blood palates breaking down, thus causing Internal bleeding. Max had been outside the day he got sick, with my other 2 dogs. They did not get sick and would have eaten anything Max had. All my poisons are locked up in the garage where they are out of reach from the dogs.
His Vet denied any wrong doing. I was not told of the dangereous side effects.....the drug had been described as Carpofen...not Rimadyl....or I would have refused any treatment with it. The necropsy was botched. No pathlolgy was done on the liver or kidneys and samples of his organs were missing or not taken at all. The Dr I spoke to at the Animal Poison Hotline told me that in all probability, Max had a toxic reaction to all the drugs he was taking ....Rimadyl being the culprit, here. His heart just could not take it anymore.
In another article I read that Mr Donn wrote about people and their pets Mr Donn writes:
"The FDA stresses the need for medicines like Rimadyl, partly because pets cannot tolerate the range of pain-killing alternatives that humans can." Not all deaths or adverse reactions are reported to the FDA or maker of Rimadyl. I'm sure there are more than over 3.000 deaths caused by the drug Rimadyl.If Rimadyl was taken off the market for human consumption then it should be so for Dogs. There are other alternative's out there for pain, in pets. Neither one of my dogs will ever take a NSAIDS.
Thank you, Mr. Donn for this article. I hope it is read by millions of people.
CH Canada

Canada

#11 Mar 11, 2007
This is so terribly sad. I knew nothing of the effects of Rimadyl (or other drugs) and, had my Vet prescribed it for my dog, I would have accepted readily.
My heart goes out to all dog lovers who, in innocence and believing they were helping their friends, contributed to their deaths. They must be devastated by this knowledge.
It's time we questioned our Vets just as we question our pharmacists.Or else check out on the internet, because this is a place of infinite information for us all.
Thank you for this site and for this information....it has certainly opened MY eyes.
Denise Dost

Harrisburg, PA

#12 Mar 12, 2007
I applaud you for drawing attention to this matter. Too many vets fail to provide information on these medications and many animals are suffering and dying. Pennsylvania's State Senator Michael Stack has introduced bills to change the laws and mandate that warnings be given. Until the laws are changed, articles like your may prevent unnecessary suffering. For my experience - use link below:

http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/nsaid/mem...
Demitry Herman

Dayton, OH

#13 Mar 12, 2007
Bravo, Jeff! Well done! We, the animal owners, are not getting the necessary information the FDA and the manufacturers intended us to get in the form of the drug's client information sheet, or CIS, from our vets with these drugs. This CIS has all the drug's adverse reactions and emergency procedures clearly listed for the dog owner. The FDA required the manufacturers to write these CIS sheets in plain language just for the dog owners. Yet, the vets do not give these sheets out, or many times even mention the chance of adverse reactions. Many dogs are presented to emergency hospitals in grave condition to begin with simply because...we just didn't know. Had I known lack of appetite, staring listless in space, and stoppage of water intake were adverse reactions to Deramaxx, my Jetta might still be alive today! I spent thousands of dollars trying to save my best friend well after the damage was already done. Talk about a guilty feeling! Vets are not required by state law to give to their clients a copy of the drug CIS sheet. They can keep this life saving information away from their clients and there is nothing we can do about it. And after the dog is dead...they can stand behind the state vet boards as if it wasn't their fault! This has got to change! People are spending over $1 billion dollars a year on their pets. This proves without a shawdow of a doubt that dogs are family members too! If this was a human case, these NSAID drugs would be off the market in a second. But since these are dogs, we can't even get the life saving drug information?!?! Something has got to change! Thank you Jeff for bringing this growing problem into the spotlight for ALL dog owners to see!
Judi in North Carolina

Cary, NC

#14 Mar 12, 2007
Mr. Donn,

Thank you for bringing forth "public awareness" regarding RX use in our animals.

I have beleived for years that it is a myth that vaccines are not harmful to our pets and that they are safe and effective.

We are not told of the risks or long term effects that these products could/would have on our animals, so we must inform ourselves and keep awareness alive.

Thank you.
Joyce

Ruidoso, NM

#15 Mar 12, 2007
Thanks for you honest and necessary summary of the need for more testing and the possible recall of some existing animal drugs. My dog had normal blood work before taking Pfizer's Rimady. A week later my dog was dead, with liver and kidney failure. I was heartbroken and distressed because I had given her the drug, which my vet recommended and failed to tell me of the long list of adverse side-effects. Following research, I found that my dog experienced all but one adverse side-effects.
Joseph

Belle Chasse, LA

#16 Mar 13, 2007
There is a new program out ( www.petdrugcard.com ) that can help to cut the costs of human medications that are also for pets!!!
Sandra Slayton

AOL

#17 Mar 14, 2007
ProHeart6 killed my 4 year old golden retriever, Hunter. he died oct. 16, 2003, just a little less than 10 months before it was pulled from the market. We must truly be aware of what we are allowing our dogs to recieve. It was ONLY after Hunter's death that i went to the web and found so many stories of other dogs dying/almost dying from proheart6. Had i known the risks, my precious boy would have never been switched from the much safer monthly pill.
Dianne Sever

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#18 Mar 14, 2007
Thank you Mr. Donn for this honest, informative, and direct article. The pet loving public needs to be made aware that they have the right to demand a copy of the CIS for any drug their vet recommends for their pet. We need to have knowledge of potential side effects so that we may better minister to the needs of these magnificent beings.
Thankfully, I have never been faced with having to suffer the loss of one of my dogs to any of these pain medications. However, I have lost a beloved Collie to rabies vaccine induced seizure activity which began four hours following his "booster". Conor's seizures increased in both severity and occurrence despite veterinary care and Phenobarbital. I buried this lovely boy on a rainy St. Patrick's Day in 1995 and vowed to him, his brethren, and myself that I would move Heaven and Earth to see changes made to the archaic rabies laws in this country. From this tragedy was born the "Just Say No To Vaccines" ( http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/jstsayno2v... ) email community where we support and educate pet owners on the very real dangers vaccines pose to our animals.
I echo Kris Christine's sentiments above and ask everyone to learn the facts and please support The Rabies Challenge Fund which will ultimately serve to better the lives of all dogs.
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/
"It's not enough to rage against the lie...you've got to replace it with the truth." - Bono
Dianne Sever

AOL

#19 Mar 14, 2007
Thank you Mr. Donn for this honest, informative, and direct article. The pet loving public needs to be made aware that they have the right to demand a copy of the CIS for any drug their vet recommends for their pet. We need to have knowledge of potential side effects so that we may better minister to the needs of these magnificent beings.

Thankfully, I have never been faced with having to suffer the loss of one of my dogs to any of these pain medications. However, I have lost a beloved Collie to rabies vaccine induced seizure activity which began four hours following his "booster". Conor's seizures increased in both severity and occurrence despite veterinary care and Phenobarbital. I buried this lovely boy on a rainy St. Patrick's Day in 1995 and vowed to him, his brethren, and myself that I would move Heaven and Earth to see changes made to the archaic rabies laws in this country. From this tragedy was born the "Just Say No To Vaccines" ( http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/jstsayno2v... ) email community where we support and educate pet owners on the very real dangers vaccines pose to our animals.

I echo Kris Christine's sentiments above and ask everyone to learn the facts and please support The Rabies Challenge Fund which will ultimately serve to better the lives of all dogs.
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/

"It's not enough to rage against the lie...you've got to replace it with the truth." - Bono
Mimi Morrell

Swansea, MA

#20 Mar 15, 2007
Thanks to Jeff Dunn for alerting pet owners to the problems with animal drugs - most notably the lack of proper clinical testing and the inability of pet owners and their vets to recognize and/or report side effects.

When one of my dogs was 15 months old, her life was forever changed because of a rabies booster she received in order to comply with the law. She spent much of the rest of her life in great discomfort because of a range of chronic diseases induced by the vaccine.

I encourage people to support greater research in the duration of immunity for rabies vaccines so that we can start to put an end to the overvaccination (in addition to the overmedication) of our pets. http://www.rabieschallengefund.org

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