Trifexis is still safe for your pet

The information below was written by your Bigger Road staff and approved by Dr. Conan Crocker, DVM, Dipl. ABVP.
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Last updated August 1, 2014

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Trifexis-Logo.193131124_std (1)You may have seen a recent news broadcast warning dog owners about the heartworm and flea product, Trifexis. We wouldn’t normally comment on a story like this, but we wanted to make sure that all our clients know that our doctors are aware of the segment and we have investigated all the claims made.

The loss of a pet is always devastating, but at this point in time, no one has been able to link any pet deaths to Trifexis. Because Trifexis stays in dogs’ systems for a full month, it does end up being listed on FDA reports when side effects or death are reported, even when it is not the cause of death.

The loss of a pet is always devastating, but at this point in time, no one has been able to link any pet deaths to Trifexis.

The manufacturer has thoroughly investigated the death of any dog reported to have Trifexis in their system at the time of death, and have hired independent pathologists to review the cases. To date, no one has been able to link cause of death to administration of Trifexis.

We’ve been prescribing Trifexis to our patients since 2012 and have sent home many thousands of doses. All of our doctors and our entire staff use Trifexis with their pets. We trust it to safely prevent heartworm disease and kill fleas.

All of our doctors and our entire staff use Trifexis with their pets. We trust it to safely prevent heartworm disease and kill fleas.

If one of our doctors has prescribed a medication to your pet, it’s only after weighing the benefits and risks and determining it to be the best treatment for your pet. There is no medication that’s perfect for every pet. Pets can be sensitive to many things, and if there is an issue with any medication we make changes.

Above all, while we’re comfortable using Trifexis, you may not be, and that’s okay. If you have questions or concerns please call and speak to your veterinarian today. We are happy to talk to you about your concerns or help you select a product that you feel more comfortable using.

See more information about Trifexis from the manufacturer.

Dr. Conan Crocker has also compiled some of the most important facts from the data we’ve reviewed:
In a broadcast that aired in Atlanta late last year, WSB-TV featured three cases in which the reporter attempted to connect the dogs’ deaths to the use of Trifexis. There was no established link between Trifexis use and deaths, despite the reporter’s repeated attempts to make that connection.

Trifexis has been rigorously tested and approved as safe by the U.S. FDA, the European Medicines Agency and many other countries around the world to kill fleas and prevent infestations, to treat and control intestinal parasites and to prevent heartworm disease.
Elanco has complete confidence in the safety and efficacy of Trifexis. Since the product came to market in January 2011, all reported potential adverse events have been reported to the FDA and appropriately investigated.

There is no link established between product use and death.

Still have questions about Trifexis or heartworm and flea prevention? Call or contact us online anytime.