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FDA Alert Regarding Flea and Tick Medication

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FDA Alert

On September 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) released a public health advisory regarding an important safety message that will be added to the labels of all dog and cat drugs in the isoxazoline class. You can click here to read the message in its entirety.

Simparica flea medication for dogs
NexGard flea and tick medication for dogs
Bravecto flea medication for dogs
Bravecto flea medication for cats
Credelio flea medication for dogs

What You Should Know

  • The information that will be added to all isoxazoline labels identifies the potential for neurologic adverse reactions.
    • The labeling for Simparica® (sarolaner) Chewables has always included information about the potential for neurologic signs such as tremors, unsteadiness, and/or seizures that have been associated with use of it in some dogs.
    • Merial updated the NexGard®(afoxolaner) Chewables label to include the new precaution when they added the Lyme Disease prevention claim to the label.
    • The labeling for BRAVECTO® (fluralaner) – Topical Solution for Cats‎ and Dogs already includes the precaution about the potential for neurologic signs.
    • Merck will have to update the BRAVECTO® (fluralaner) Flavored Chews for Dogs prescribing information to include information about possible neurologic adverse reactions in the precautions section.
    • Elanco will have to update the Credelio®(lotilaner) Chewable Tablets prescribing information to include information about possible neurologic adverse reactions in the precautions section.
  • As is noted in the public advisory, the FDA-CVM carefully reviewed studies and other data on all isoxazolines prior to approval, and these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals.
  • The most commonly reported adverse events globally are:
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Lethargy

FDA-CVM has also provided a fact sheet for pet owners. You can click here for a copy.

We have been prescribing these products since Nexgard was released five years ago and have not had any patients with neurologic symptoms. In fact, we have switched patients with seizures from Trifexis to NexGard because of the adverse reactions associated with Trifexis.

Here is a video with more information:

Vets: Don’t Misconstrue FDA Warning on Flea Meds

When Dr. Harvey Partridge built the St.Petersburg veterinary hospital in 1978, it was originally named “Riviera Animal Hospital”. In 1995, he sold the practice to a corporation of veterinary hospitals named VCA (Veterinary Centers of America). Dr. Partridge left the practice in 2003, and VCA’s lease ran out two years later. At that time, the St. Petersburg animal hospital was remodeled and opened under the new name, “Partridge Animal Hospital”.Dr. David Landers began working at Partridge Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg in 2007, and he purchased the practice from Dr. Partridge in 2010.

Dr. Freeborg did two externships with Dr. Partridge and Dr. Landers while he was in school. Dr. Landers was so impressed with him that he thought he would be a good fit for our clients and staff.

We see mostly dogs and cats with the occasional pocket pet and rabbit. The doctors enjoy working up challenging cases by utilizing the digital x-ray, ultrasound, brand new in-house lab machines, and endoscopy to come up with a diagnosis and then figure out the best way to treat it.

Dr. Landers first met the K9 unit supervisor when he was called out to our hospital for a false alarm response. Dr. Landers invited Officer Ladd into the hospital for a tour and expressed an interest in the dogs’ care. Officer Ladd was impressed by Dr. Landers enthusiasm and the hospital so he started sending the K9 unit dogs over for us to care for them. We see them for their wellness care, but also for emergency visits and everything in-between.

We are also the hospital for a local non-profit rescue, Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue. They rescue small, senior dogs that are on the kill list at the shelters and “fix” them up for adoption.

We are located at:

6400 4th St N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Phone: (727) 526-8700

Fax: (727) 526-8755

Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m | Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease

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FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating this potential association.

Read more about the article here.

 

Here are some popular grain-free brands we do not recommend for your pet:

Diets that we do recommend are:

 

Partridge Animal Hospital is treating the 9 Chihuahuas that were found abandoned in a locked crate in St. Petersburg.

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The dogs had been stuffed in a 2-foot by 3- foot crate and left in the alley near 1020 15th Street N. A woman found the crate and contacted police, who brought the dogs to Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue.

After initial examinations, vets reported that the dogs were covered in feces and fleas, suffering from bad skin conditions. One dog doesn’t have an eye, and some of the female dogs might be pregnant. The Saint Petersburg Police Department is investigating the case as animal cruelty.

Jaime McKnight, the founder of Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, is raising money to help these dogs.  The cost of treating each one could be around $1,000.

Partridge Animal Hospital is proud to treat these dogs and help them have a safer future.  

To see the video click here.

ABC News Article: Nine dogs found stuffed in small dog crate, abandoned in alley in St. Petersburg

To donate toward the cost of care for these dogs, click here.

Partridge Animal Hospital is getting ready for Hurricane Season!

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Are you and your pets prepared?

During the months of May and June Microchipping will be $32.  Thats a $10 savings!

*All appointments can be scheduled with a technician*

Things to do before hurricane season arrives:

  1.  Make sure ALL pets in your household are microchipped.  If there is ever an evacuation and you get separated from your four legged kids, we want to make sure they get home!
    FACT:

    • 1 in 3 family pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime.
    • Without ID/Microchip, 90% of lost pets will never return home
    • A Microchip is a permanent ID for your pet that will remain with him or her for life.
  2.  Obtain current vaccine records on all your pets.
  3. Call local evacuation shelters and hotels to see which ones accept pets and make sure you know your evacuation route!
    Here is a link to the offical Hurricane Guide in St. Petersburg for pet care: http://www.stpete.org/emergency/hurricane_center/pet_care.php
  4. Make sure you have a way to transport all your pets safely.  All pets should have either a kennel, carrier, collar, leash and or harness.
  5. Lastly, stay safe Partridge Family!

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It’s Flu Season

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Flu SeasonIt’s Flu Season! Did you know that your dog can get the Canine Influenza Virus? We are offering a buy one set (H3N2 and H3N8 strains) and get the boosters FREE during the months of November and December! The first appointment will be scheduled with a doctor (brief exam charge will apply) and the booster appointment (3 weeks later) will be scheduled with one of our caring technicians.

Call today to schedule your first appointment! (727) 526-870

Stolen Puppy at Partridge Animal Hospital

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Yes, the puppy that was stolen from All About Puppies is here. She was purchased by a family who had no idea that she was stollen. They brought her in because she was very sick. She has an upper respiratory infection and intestinal parasites. The intestinal parasites have caused intestinal bleeding and anemia. She is currently on IV fluids and is being treated with antibiotics, anti-parasitics and other medications. She is still coughing, but her chest already sounds much better and is much perkier today!

St. Petersburg P. D. “Feline Unit”

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S.P.P.D “Feline Unit”

The spring and summer months tend to be what the veterinary world refers to as “kitten season.” Keeping the feline population under control is extremely difficult with the large number of animals that go by without being spayed or neutered. As a result, many unwanted litters flood shelters and rescue organizations. Sadly, not every kitten finds its happy ending.

Here at PAH we have a great relationship with the Saint Petersburg Police Department. We are so proud of our city’s police officers and the amazing job that they do. Every day they risk their lives to protect our community and our families. They work long hours under heavy amounts of stress. Very rarely do they get to end their shift with a huge grin on their faces, let alone with a bundle of kittens in their arms! However, on May 1st, 2014 Officer Brett McKean did just that. Read More