FDA Drug Recall May Prompt Anesthesia-Free Pet Dental Work

Pet parents are usually the last to know about FDA drug recalls that may affect their pets. Teva Animal Health, Inc. was shut down in July 2009   At least two veterinary drugs manufactured by them had been recalled but few veterinarians knew about this, let alone pet parents.These drugs included butorphanol and ketamine.

Christie Keith, writing for Your Whole Pet, tells us about the seriousness of this recall. Let us focus on ketamine since it can be used prior to dental cleaning. On December 22, 2009, the FDA issued a press release about the recall. There had been an increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product which included a lack of effect, prolonged effect and death. 

Teva stated that the distributors of this product were under no obligation to notify their customers, the veterinarians, about the recall. Christie goes on to reveal other facts about labeling regulations for drugs. Your vet may  have to dig deep to even know if the drug that he purchased from big pharma could have been manufactured by Teva.

On the other paw, Dr. Eric Barchas, DVM talks about the effectiveness of anesthesia-free dental work.He cites reasons why pets should have dental cleaning that includes removing dental calculus and infection above and below the gum line. With the aid of anesthesia, vets can also assess and treat dental pockets, odontoclastic resorpitive lesions and periodontitis and more.

My pet parent will continue to clean my teeth herself so that I do not have to undergo the risk of a serious side effect or death due to anesthesia. What does your pet parent think about all of this?  Ask them to comment here.

Living in the moment,

Pet Companion to animal lover Amelia

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  • Cleotilde Slimko

    October 16, 2010

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    October 17, 2010

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  • Nita Trotta

    October 19, 2010

    My phone started vibrating just as the dentist leaned over me :L

  • Roslyn Rispoli

    October 19, 2010

    I hate getting dental work done and having to spend the next 3 to 4 days eating 'soft' foods. Entire right side of my face is numb. Bleh.

  • Jamie Calfee

    October 19, 2010

    Went to the dentist and i have to wait 6 month until i find out anything else about my braces..

  • Tania Dinapoli

    October 19, 2010

    Unfortunatley I just remembered I have a dentist appointment at 4 -_-

  • Clayton Cosio

    October 19, 2010

    The things ppl do 2 get on TV. Homie need 2 go 2 a dentist!

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    October 26, 2010

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    October 26, 2010

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    November 2, 2010

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    November 4, 2010

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  • ypvadmin

    November 4, 2010


    I hope that you benefit from these posts. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.

    Living in the moment,

    Amelia & Schatzi

  • ypvadmin

    November 4, 2010

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    Living in the moment,

    Amelia & Schatzi

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