Alanna Johan (alannajohan) wrote in workingdogs,
Alanna Johan

A word of warning regarding Promeris Spot-On flea treatment.

A word of warning regarding Promeris Spot-On flea treatment.

Though I am relating this post in the most main to Northern breeds, I suggest anybody who flea treats their dogs to give it a read.

On Monday, I treated my Malamute, Stan (pictured in my icon) with the aforementioned flea treatment. Followed the instructions - very similar to frontline, for those familiar with it, but apparnetly less dramatic (no major warnings over skin contact, licking from animals etc.)
Within 1 hour of treatment he experienced obvious stomach pains complete with crying, followed by violent uncontrollable diaoreah.
Within 4 hours he had become lethergic, not lifting his ears or tail while walking and seeming stiff in movement.
Within 8 hours the stiffness had turned to complete paralysis in his back legs. He was refusing to drink water or eat by this point, and appeared to have visibly lost weight, his hip bones and ribs clearly visible.
Within 12 hours he was acting completely drugged, unresponsive to touch or to calling his name, unwilling to make any movement and his breathing slow and shallow. He got up twice to violently vomit, the result of which smelt absolutely toxic and perfumed.
We took him to the vets within 18 hours of the initial treatment. He was running a temperature and given an anti-inflamatory to help ease his hind legs, but the vet seemed dismissive of our concerns over the flea treatment and suggested we keep an eye on him and keep him well hydrated.
In the mean time we had contacted our breeder, who later came back to us with the findings that this was not an isolated case, and in fact many people had reported similar symptons - amidst other unpleasantries - after using this treatment, particularly amidst Northern breeds. To quote from This Article here are some other accounts that I'm sure the authors wouldn't mind me sharing:

This is a new product designed to be a more effective product than other flea/tick treatments that was just released this year. It is available thru a vet and not currently on-line. I got ProMeris this week for my 7 dogs (6 Huskies & 1 Golden-Airedale), and the results were debilitating for nearly all of them including me. Since my incident this week, my vet has pulled it from distribution and alerted the manufacturer, Fort Dodge .
Here are my results:
Within less than 2 hours after applying, 4 of my dogs had vomited from 2-4 times, 3 were disoriented and stumbling, 1
was dragging his back leg, 1 was salivating. I had very similar symptoms like an allergic reaction and my lips were swollen, eyes very red, mucous membranes such as eyes, nose, and mouth were stinging. I was very disoriented and dizzy equilibrium and not able to drive. To make this a short story, all 7 of my dogs were admitted to thhe hospital for
veterinarian care, and 3 of them remained for care, IV fluids and observation for 24 hours. I was in the emergency room.
I’m home now and so are the dogs. We’re all feeling much better. Vet bills were over $2,500 and Fort Dodge is paying for these. Not only can the product cause this reaction, it has a highly noxious odor that permeated the house and
is just starting to dissipate after 3 days.

My 9 mo old 26 lb. mixed breed is currently in the ER for IV fluids and antedote after a reaction to Promeris. This a.m. she was very lethargic. I checked her vitals and got a heart rate of 48. This was 12 hrs after the dose was applied. She saw her regular vet and he gave her an injection of Antesedan, and she perked up. But three hours later she relapsed with a heart rate of 40 and ended up in ER. I am still awaiting an update. My regular vet said he is seeing many cases of Promeris toxicity and is not going to carry it anymore. I had been a faithful Frontline user for decades, wish I had stayed with it.

I just left my 4-yr-old Basenji mix at the all-night emergency clinic with an apparent Promeris toxicity. She presented with lethargy, bradycardia, depression, hypothermia, and ataxia within 12 hours after administration of Promeris. This was her first dose of Promeris - we used Frontline in the past, but our veterinarian preferred Promeris. We’re praying that she’ll recover with no long-term health issues.

The vet staff called Fort Dodge to report the case and to obtain information on how to treat her. I plan on following up on their call in the morning (left the clinic at 1 AM).

Both myself and my breeder have since contacted our vets to inform them of our findings, and suggest that they bear this in mind in distributing this product, or indeed if any other dogs come in with similar reactions.

It's now over 48 hours later, and Stan still isn't back to normal. He hasn't eaten since Monday morning and is still seeming lethargic and strangely disorientated, but his ears are back up, his eyes more open and his legs back to stiff rather than paralysed. And his fur still stinks of the stuff.

I was genuinely fearing for my dogs life 24 hours ago, and I'd hate for other people to go through the same. So please, pass this on to anybody you think may benefit from this warning. Tough I include quotes from others, this is a firsthand account, not a news article passed around the rumour mill, and I can only hope it will help prevent further distress and suffering to both owners and animals. I know I'll be sticking to spray from now on.

X-Posted to all communities I feel would benefit. Feel free to do the same
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