Heartworm Preventive Causes Medical Emergency
This notice just came in to MyPetsDoctor.com from the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. If you have purchased “New Heart” heartworm preventive ask your pet’s doctor whether you should dispose of it, and how. Click here for instructions on disposing of unwanted medications.
One of your fellow members wanted to share an experience regarding a client who purchased a heartworm preventive medication on-line. The product is called “New Heart” and appears to be produced overseas. There is no contact information on the packaging nor is it marked as FDA-approved on the packaging.
After a 12 hour delayed reaction, the dogs presented with bumps and constricted nasal passages. While these animals were large enough that the constricted airways did not present a threat, smaller animals may have more difficulty.
Hopefully this information will be useful should you encounter a similiar case.
Thank you, MVMA, for keeping Mississippi veterinarians on the cutting edge of breaking news.
“Online pharmacies” have been a source of dangerous illegal activity for years. Medications, including some purported to be legitimate prescription pharmaceuticals, have been dispensed without doctors’ knowledge or approval.
Indeed, we have railed about the dangers of these online pharmacies in our efforts to educate pet owners and protect the animals they love.
See you tomrrow, Dr. Randolph.