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ProMeris Flea and Tick Treatment Hazardous for Animals and Humans-Depends
on How it is Used!
Summary of the eRumor: The originator of the email, a
woman named Kathryn L. Leinthall, says that she had "debilitating" results
using ProMeris flea and tick treatment on her 7 dogs and that she was
affected by the product as well. Her message says that within less
than 2 hours of receiving the treatment, 4 of her dogs had vomited, were
disoriented, were stumbling, and had other symptoms.
The dog owner says that in addition, she also began having symptoms such as swollen lips, red eyes, and disorientation. All 7 of her
dogs, she says, were admitted to a veterinary hospital and she was taken
to a hospital emergency room.
The Truth: Kathryn Leinthall is real and lives in Interlaken, New York. Her
experience with ProMeris is also real.
ProMeris is a product that its maker, Fort Dodge, describes as flea and
tick treatment that "effectively stops and controls existing flea
infestations for up to seven weeks in cats and six weeks in dogs."
It is sold only through veterinarians, not over-the-counter.
Fort Dodge said that although there seem to be several different events of
adverse reactions being reported on the Internet, their investigation into
the matter concluded that all of the reports stem from a single case.
The company acknowledges that on Friday, April 11, it received a report
from a veterinarian involving six Siberian Huskies and one mixed-breed dog
that experienced reactions to ProMeris. According to Fort Dodge the
clinical signs reported are similar to what they have seen in their safety
studies when there was deliberate oral exposure to ProMeris. But the
product is designed to be absorbed through the skin, not through
Fort Dodge said that the most common adverse effect reported since
ProMeris was introduced to the market was lethargy, which can happen if
the dog orally ingests ProMeris.
The company reminded pet owners
that ProMeris is designed to be applied in just one location on the dog:
onto the skin between the shoulder blades. It should not be applied
on the surface of the dog's coat or other
locations on the dog's body. Putting ProMeris between the shoulder
blades prevents the dog from licking it. Putting it elsewhere,
especially on the surface of the dog's hair, increases the risk of the dog
ingesting it orally and possibly experiencing the symptoms described.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Message from Kathryn Leinthall:
This is a very important message to my family & friends
who have dogs-cats-- and to alert you to the hazard of using a new Flea &
Tick Preventative called ProMeris _http://www.promeris com/consumer/
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-my
lips were swollen, eyes very red, mucous membranes such as eyes,
nose, and mouth were stinging. I was very disoriented- dizzy
equilibrium and not able to drive. To make this a short story-all 7 of my
dogs were admitted to the 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.
Your dogs/cats might not have the same reaction, but
given my experience-I
wanted to help you all become well-educated about the product.
Kathryn L. Leinthall
Kalein T Welsh Terriers
2 For 1
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