Flea and Tick Pills can be the Reason for Nerve Reactions in Pets

Saylor Kneeland

A newly found warning from the FDA claims that “Pills or chews that protect dogs and cats against fleas can cause neurological problems such as stumbling or seizures, and pet owners need more warning.”


Flea and tick pills may be the reason for neurological reactions in pets because they can bring an assortment of diseases to animals. These diseases can affect not just the animals but their owners as well. Animals can blossom allergies or sensitivities to the bite as well as lose large patches of fur.


Flea treatment meant for dogs can be deadly if given to cats. Ms. Dorian Parker, a biology teacher at Oakdale, thinks that the the reason for this may be because “some organisms are more tolerant to chemicals then others since they are genetically different.”


Parker stated, “[Scientists] may not be aware of the long-term effects.” Another thing the FDA is now requiring is more clear labels on the products.


The scapegoat for the neurological issues is a pesticide named isoxazoline. It has been associated with neurological adverse reactions including muscle tremors, ataxia and seizures in some cats and dogs. The products that contain isoxazoline are designed to interfere with insects nervous systems and not mammals.


Parker claims, “They included this pesticide with the intention to help the dog or cat no matter what even if that includes death for the insects.”  


She also declared that “some products have crossed the species species barrier and can not only harm one species.”


The FDA adds “that most dogs and cats haven’t had neurological adverse reactions, seizures may occur in animals without prior history.”


Parker clarified, “More testing should be done to gather more evidence on other animals it may affect when used on.”


Its important for vets and owners to to get more information because numerous flavored chew products and spot on treatments mention the risk of neurological side effects. If your pet experiences a bad reaction with such products, bathe it with mild soap, rinse with prodigious quantums of water and make sure to call your veterinarian.