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I am passing along this email from a friend on one of my dog lists. A response from another friend: "I check snopes and accuracy of similar reports are "undertermined"- will tell you tho that one of the ingredients (Amitraz) is same as used in tick collars and is known to be very neurotoxic. When Promeris first came out and I saw it contained Amitraz never even considered using it."

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"I wanted to share with the group something that happened to one of my babies. I recently took one of my dogs to Fortpayne Alabama to a vet there. He is an hour from me but, I like the way he interacts with my dogs. While there, I decided to get some Frontline. He explained that he had patients unhappy with that product and began carrying Promeris. I hadn't heard of this product but felt he wouldn't carry it if there were problems.

I applied the product to seven of my dogs one afternoon. Everyone appeared to be fine however, Banjo(Shepherd/Collie X) vomited a bit of grass but, that wasn't alarming to me. I never left the house that night but was upstairs in my office working. When I came down stairs Banjo wasn't at the hallway door where he always waited for me. I found him in my bedroom laying on his pillow his little head between his paws, his eyes staring. I called for him, no response. My boy was dead. I couldn't understand what could have happened to my baby? He was only 4 yrs old. Beautiful, healthy, energetic boy. It was a holiday weekend(Sept 3) so I called the crematorium to see if they would allow me to freeze him until I could get over the shock of this and figure out what I wanted to do. It suddenly hit me,the promeris? I called my vet were I purchased this. He agreed that it was very suspicious and requested that I bring Banjo to him for an autopsy. As much as I didn't want to do this, as a rescuer,I felt it would be irresponsible not to follow through.

Our suspicions were accurate. The chemical in the product shut down his motor cortex at the base of his brain. It appeared that the neurological inhibitor put my Banjo to sleep. His application was for less than his body weight. The vet said that if he had gotten the full dosage he would have been gone in 30 minutes. The product takes 8 to 10 hours to get in to there blood stream. Banjo was dead 9 hours after his application.

The company(Visor)that makes this product has asked for a pathology report to be done. Dr. Lee sent more tissue samples off to Auburn University and we are waiting for the results. Not certain the tissue will still be viable. Please tell everyone you know to stay clear of this flea/tick product. It's a roll of the dice and not worth the risk. I have 6 dogs that appear to be o.k. but, Banjo lost his life. I don't know that I have ever felt such heartache. I will fight in his memory to have this product pulled or at the very least have the wording "this product could be fatal to some dogs" added to packaging. My vet boxed up this product and sent it back to Visor after his autopsy findings. He said he would not carry a product that could harm a dog in this way. Thank you Dr. Lee."

HUGz! Jules
 

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oh how sad. It is so hard to not trust what the vet suggests. I will keep an eye out for this product.
 

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I have never heard of this product but after my experience w/Advantix on Kitzel we will only use the more natural route---it isn't worth the risk!
Also watch when walking that your dog doesn't snoop in little holes (this one was a pipe)---one of our dogs did at the shopping mall in the US (outside) and must have gotten some sort of rat poison---not enough to kill him---but had a severe reaction.
Last week a friend's dog here in Greece was poisoned ---fortunately he is a huge lab & she had the stomach pumped and he lived---it would have killed Kitzi. People lay poison here to kill dogs/cats. I am crazy w/trying to watch out for him.
 

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How awful! I think I have a good vet, but I try to keep in mind that they have to make a living and I do think that some vets push certain products because of money. My vet no longer carries Frontline but is "pushing" the pills that kill "everything". I would not give anything like that to my girls. I had not heard of Promeris and I appreciate you passing along this info to us.:faint:
 
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