Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Drug Company Disputes Owners' claims that their Popular Flea Medication Killed Pets
Merck, a drug company disputes Channel 2’s Jim Strickland documents that shows dog owners believe the drug called Bravecto is connected to the death of thousands of pets worldwide.
Bravecto, is a dog chew that is very powerful and effective with only one dose it can kill fleas and ticks for three months. Pharmaceutical giant Merck says it's safe and effective, but the number of dog owners who think otherwise is growing.
Donna White of Buckhead one of the pet owners who are blaming the drug said "I believe that Bravecto killed my dog. That's the only thing I changed his entire life." Her dog named "JoJo" vomited the first two times she gave him Bravecto, which is a known side effect. But 12 hours after the third dose, he had to be rushed to the veterinarian for emergency CPR. It didn't work and JoJo died.
Chris Weber said his dog, Truck, suffered for weeks after dose number three. Then one day, "He put his head in the bowl, turned back and looked at me and collapsed at my feet," Weber told Strickland. Weber euthanized his dog on Thanksgiving Day.
In a letter to veterinarians, Merck said of the dog deaths featured in their investigation: “There were no necropsies performed...the pet owners declined.”
However, Chris Weber of north Fulton County told Strickland that he never got the option of necropsy.
“Merck has not done absolutely anything for me. I was told that after their veterinary professional speaks with mine that they would be calling me. I never heard a word,” Chris Weber said.
The owners of two other dogs who made allegations against Bravecto told Strickland that their dogs were already buried before necropsies could be performed.