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Study Addresses Concern Over Interactions Between Anti-Flea and Anti-Parasite Drugs

Drug interactions are a significant cause of death in human patients, but problems caused by drug interactions in dogs have received little attention. Understanding more about potentially harmful drug interactions is a critical component of preventive medicine.

Recent concerns have been raised about the interaction between two drugs commonly given to dogs: spinosad, a popular monthly flea preventive, and ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug.

With Morris Animal Foundation funding, investigators found strong evidence that there is not a harmful interaction between these two drugs. Further, they determined that some properties of spinosad make it unlikely to have harmful interactions with other drugs, thereby providing owners with greater assurance that the use of both drugs is safe.

Posted by MAF on July 10, 2012.

Categories: Animal health, Dog diseases, Veterinary research


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