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Gallbladder Mucoceles

Discussion in 'Diseases & Illnesses' started by Bradt9881, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Bradt9881

    Bradt9881 Forums Enthusiast

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    There is a study that was done at the NC State Vet school recently on Shelties and gallbladder mucoceles. I wish I could post a link but I don't have access to the study yet to post it. But the abstract reports that Shelties in the study on Advantix were 8 times more likely to have the disease than the control dogs. I would advise everyone to read the report when it becomes available on the ASSA website and decide if your dog should be on the product.
     
  2. trini

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    That is very sobering news...thank-you for posting this heads-up!

    Trini
     
  3. tofu pup

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    Wow - thanks for giving us a heads-up about this new research!

    Gallbladder issues are a big concern in our breed, and to find out that a certain medication could be related to increased incidence is sobering.
     
  4. Cara Sandler

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    I literally just switched Spirit to Advantix. Guess I'll be switching her off! Thanks for posting.
     
  5. Cindy

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    in the past gavin was on advantix (maybe 1-2 doses a year) whenever we went into high tick areas.

    I will remember to no longer use it.

    it was very effective, and I am very disappointed to hear it is bad for Shelties :(
     
  6. Caro

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    Wow, that's really interesting. I must let my vet know. I don't live in a high tick area but just an hours drive away are high paralysis tick areas. We used to travel a lot for competitions so I did give them tick treatment regularly. That was usually Frontline Plus, but with Frontline now being less effective for fleas Advantix was the next option, and I imagine a lot of people have switched to Advantix because of this so it's important information to know.
     
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    Thanks for the information. Our Hollie died from a mucocele. We always used Frontline on her. We did try Advantix on her once but it really irritated her skin so we stayed on Frontline.
     
  9. ghggp

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    Thanks so much for posting!

    I lost my first rescue sheltie 'Billy' to Gallbladder disease and my current sheltie 'Chance' has been diagnosed with it as well. He has been on medication for over 5 years now and has NOT had an attack since.

    I would do anything for him and am very shocked to hear about this study!

    I will defiantly pass this information on.

    Thanks for helping to keep our special babies safe! :yes::hugs
     
  10. Bradt9881

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    I would definitely look at all the aspects. If you are not in a high risk tick/flea area, I would definitely avoid using this product. I use Bravecto myself since it's listed as safe in breeding dogs, but it's very pricey, and a six month supply for my five dogs can easily cost $400. If the risk of a tick borne disease is higher than the risk of mucoceles, it may be necessary to continue using the product.....
     

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