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Old 04-11-2012, 10:08 PM
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I had heard bad things about the Advantix II, but never about AEs. That's terrible, so sorry!

AEs are not common in general... and maybe moreso in cats to be honest.


And, FWIW, the Permethrin in the Advantix products is bad for CATS. Toxicities in dogs, no matter their size, are very very rare because there is a wide safety margin for them.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:07 PM
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Our Maltese has the same problem. I gave her Advantix II last night & 2 hours later she could not use her hind legs. I immediately gave her a bath. It has been 24 hrs and she is totally frustrated and so am I. Any suggestions? Will she recover?
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Dear Jenny Dog, Sorry to hear about your Maltese. My pug recovered in about a week with his hind leg paralysis (most resolved in 3 days). Vets (outpt and ER) had nothing to offer. From online reports it seems the reaction may be more common in smaller breeds.
As for exact percentages, Bayer was not forthcoming with any objective adverse event data even though I requested it; they just harped on washing him with dish detergent and rubbing vitamin E on application sites (as if you would find the sites). From scientific journals, hindleg weakness was common in rat studies (blocks sodium channels in nerves). Article also states dysthesias(painful/uncomfortable skin sensations) with all animals (my dog cringed for 4 weeks after I pet him on application sites). Please report it.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:36 PM
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Thank you for quick reply

I appreciate your quick reply. You can be sure, I will report it ASAP tomorrow morning. I feel so guilty everytime I look at her, knowing I caused the problem. Obviously, from reading Internet posts, this is not an uncommon occurrence. What do you use for flea prevention now?

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Dear Jenny Dog, Sorry to hear about your Maltese. My pug recovered in about a week with his hind leg paralysis (most resolved in 3 days). Vets (outpt and ER) had nothing to offer. From online reports it seems the reaction may be more common in smaller breeds.
As for exact percentages, Bayer was not forthcoming with any objective adverse event data even though I requested it; they just harped on washing him with dish detergent and rubbing vitamin E on application sites (as if you would find the sites). From scientific journals, hindleg weakness was common in rat studies (blocks sodium channels in nerves). Article also states dysthesias(painful/uncomfortable skin sensations) with all animals (my dog cringed for 4 weeks after I pet him on application sites). Please report it.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:09 PM
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Advantix II

From a risk/benefit standpoint I won't use any tick/flea products on him now; he is rarely around other dogs and I am paranoid about a recurrence. However, I did use Frontline a few times in the past without a problem.
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Hmmm this is an interesting thread. My Pug Lola suffered back issues a couple of months ago and weve been using advantix this year. Let me know if tou find out anything more.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:03 AM
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I would stop giving Advantix to your pug, because I am 100% certain my dogs' hind leg paralysis came from the Advantiix. An hour before I applied the Advantix, my dog was running after a toy like a puppy; 90 minutes after applying the Advantix, she could't move.

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Hmmm this is an interesting thread. My Pug Lola suffered back issues a couple of months ago and weve been using advantix this year. Let me know if tou find out anything more.
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I would stop giving Advantix to your pug, because I am 100% certain my dogs' hind leg paralysis came from the Advantiix. An hour before I applied the Advantix, my dog was running after a toy like a puppy; 90 minutes after applying the Advantix, she could't move.
Did you contact the company and tell then your concern? How is she now?

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Can anyone suggest some natural remedies and / or foods for inflammation ? My 15 year old mixed breed terrier is having major stiffness in her legs. I am trying Rescue Remedy for anxiety, and Happy Traveler. For inflammation I use Zyflamenz, a supplement by New Chapter...I was told it is safe for dogs, it works for my arthritis pain. I've been walking her more and we have caveletties in the yard to exercise and build muscle. I was wondering if I could give her other muscle building supplements like protein powder but I read the label and the one I bought contains soy and milk. I also give her New Chapter Bone Strength. I am totally against steroids as they make her more anxious and it is painful to watch so I prefer natural meds and foods. I am aware of foods for people ie: cherries, pineapple...but I don't know if it's safe to give to dogs. I also use Acti-Flex which the vet recommended...it's made for horses and they say the senior dog formula is the same so I use the horse formula and I give it to her at night. Any advice out there ? Thanks in advance.

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I assume acti-flex has some glucosamine and chondroitin in it? IF not, I'd start by getting her something that contains that, something like Cosequin. You can also start Omega 3 fatty acid supplements (not 6 and 9, just 3). You can ask your vet about starting her on Adequan injections.

After that, any other suggestions are not natural remedies but would help very much (non steroidal anti-inflammatories do WONDERS.)
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