Pet Owners Have You Ever Used Certifect To Treat for Fleas And Ticks?
January 16, 2014 8:06 PM Subscribe
Has anyone used Certifect (a relatively new drug put out by Merial (the makers of Frontline) to treat for fleas and ticks? What is your personal experience with it? Was it effective? Did your pets have any negative reactions?
posted by WalkerWestridge to Pets & Animals (7 answers total)
I put Certifect on my 100 lb Pyreness last night and this morning he was very lethargic. I didn't think too much of it but the lethargy got worse over the course of the day. The dog began to look as if he had been drugged. Something clicked in my brain and I got out the Certifect box and looked at side effects. There were two listed, itching and lethargy that, if they lasted more than 24 hours should be treated by an emergency vet. Concerned, I Googled (I know, not always the most reliable or factual info gained in that way) Certifect adverse reactions and got a nervewracking and bewildering array of product reviews
, personal stories in pet site threads
and even some medical studies
citing horrible adverse effects from the use of this product (links are only meant as a sampling, on the Kansas state site scroll down to page two for Certifect article). I called my vet who reccomended I wash the product off the dog and discontinue use, which I did. The vet was dismissive however of the negative reviews and personal stories saying that every product has some adverse reactions and a few hysterical people who review it negatively. The vet said I should not pay any attention.
I feel like there is more going on here than just a few hysterical people organizing a smear campaign, but who knows? Maybe that's all it is. Still, I'm concerned about the long term effects this may have on my dog.
Has anyone on MeFi had any experience (bad or good) with this treatment?