ProMeris Flea and Tick Treatment for Dogs Review
Let’s face it – as much as we love our pets, monitoring for fleas and ticks is annoying. Killing them is an even more difficult task.
The markets are full of flea and tick treatment solutions, but are they safe for your pet? Do they have ingredients that may harm your pet in the long term? These are the questions every pet owner may have asked themselves.
We’ll talk about ProMeris for Dogs – a flea and tick infestation treatment that claims to start killing the little beasts within four hours of application and kills most of them by 24 hours. Is it any good? Should you be using it? Read on.
ProMeris for Dogs was discontinued in 2011, but is unfortunately still available to purchase on many websites.
Fort Dodge Claims
ProMeris for Dogs is manufactured by Fort Dodge, a company that manufactures and distributes over the counter and prescription health care products for animals including livestock. Fort Dodge’s product line also includes vaccines and dental products for cats and dogs.
Fort Dodge describes ProMeris for Dogs as a single spot on treatment that controls the following –
- American dog ticks (known to transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in humans)
- Chewing lice
- Demodex mites (known to cause Demodectic mange in humans)
- Lone star ticks
- Brown dog ticksM
- Black legged or deer ticks (known to cause Lyme disease in humans)
ProMeris is used to manage existing flea and tick infections, and can also be used to prevent infestations in flea free dogs.
The treatment claims to start killing ticks and fleas within four hours of application, with most tick species being killed within 24 hours of application.
ProMeris for Dogs consists of the following ingredients –
- 14.34% Metaflumizone
- 14.34% Amitraz
- 71.32% other ingredients
Metaflumizone is a sodium channel blocker insecticide. It works by blocking sodium channels in insects which causes paralysis and blocks nerve activity in insects.
Amitraz is also a popular insecticide that causes paralysis and kills insects by blocking certain biochemical processes (octopamine receptors). It is one of the best known insecticides against flea and tick infestations in dogs.
ProMeris for Dogs is a waterproof, topical treatment that prevents re-infestation. It is effective on both indoor and outdoor dogs.
The treatment is available only through licensed veterinary clinics and comes with an applicator.
A single dose is effective for up to four weeks for ticks and up to six weeks for fleas. It should be applied only once each month.
ProMeris for Dogs can be used on breeding males as well as on pregnant females. It can also be used on puppies that are 8 weeks or older.
It is not recommended to use ProMeris on any animals except dogs.
Product Warnings and Side Effects
- ProMeris for Dogs should not be used on aged or medicated dogs without consulting a veterinarian.
- Do not use on puppies younger than 8 weeks.
- Do not use near heat or open flame.
ProMeris was discontinued in 2011 by Pfizer Animal Care when a study linked the use of ProMeris for Dogs to an increased risk of pemphigus foliaceus, an autoimmune disorder that causes blistering of the skin with lesions and crusted erosions.
Though the product was discontinued, it can still be purchased from a few websites. Since there were cases reported where the treatment caused debilitating disorders, ProMeris for Dogs is best avoided. Click here to find flea drops that we do recommend.
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