How to Use Nitenpyram For Dogs and Cats
Nitenpyram is a common pharmaceutical ingredient often utilized as an animal antibiotic in pharmaceuticals and agriculture. The compound is a synthetic insecticide belonging to the phytochemical class of neonicotensine that functions by blocking neuroendocrine nerve activity of the central nervous system. It causes neurological and behavioral changes in animals causing them to become sluggish, droopy, depressed or disinterest in activities normally associated with their existence. These changes are irreversible and long-lasting.
In humans, the mechanism responsible for these undesirable behavioral changes is believed to be caused by formation of a form of nitenpyram in the anterior pituitary gland. This blockage is believed to result from abnormal secretion of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a neurotransmitter. When a cat or dog ingests nitenpyram, it experiences fatigue, depression and other ill effects including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, increased sensitivity to touch, reduced appetite, inability to produce vocal tone and increased excitability. When ingesting nitenpyram, adult fleas become attracted to the animal and feed on the cat’s blood. Infected fleas can transmit Capstar anemia to humans. Human cases have been reported with severe consequences including seizures, low blood count, shock and coma.
Since this animal antibiotic was first introduced to the pet trade in the early 1980s, there have been serious concerns over its use and effects on pets. Cats and dogs exposed to nitenpyram at early ages develop early signs of neurological disorders. It has been linked to developmental delays, behavioral changes and the development of kidney stones in both humans and animals. These issues led to the banned of the compound in Australia in relation to both domestic and import animals. With this limited supply of this animal immune system stimulant, many pet owners have been looking for alternatives.
Studies have revealed that another highly touted alternative to nitenpyram pets are oral corticosteroids that are administered in tablet form. Although there is no approved dosage for these tablets, many dosage recommendations have been put into place by the Food and Drug Administration. Ingesting the recommended doses of these medications will reduce inflammation and relieve pain in your cat or dog while increasing their energy level and vitality.
Many pet owners also choose to supplement their pet’s diet with a homeopathic product such as Meladroitin. Meladroitin has been scientifically proven in multiple consumer studies to improve overall health by decreasing allergies, improving mood and improving gastrointestinal functions. One of the most successful ways to use meladroitin as a complementary therapy for your pet is to administer it along with the previously mentioned anti-allergy drugs. Although it has not been proven effective in treating or preventing cancer or other life threatening diseases, it can be a valuable tool in alleviating many of your cats’ or dogs’ symptoms of allergies while concurrently using flea and tick control products that will prevent illness and increase health.
If you opt for the less well known but still popular flea management system, Frontline Plus for Dogs combines herbal ingredients and easy to administer oral medications. Frontline Plus is available in both a pill and liquid dose forms and has proven to be an effective and safe flea treatment for both cats and dogs. The herbal formula works to combat the root cause of flea infestation while soothing and protecting the intestinal tract. It also contains Vitamin E, an essential ingredient to boost the immune system and improve overall health of your pet. The flavor is quite mild and is considered one of the easier flea management systems to administer.
If you would prefer to give your dog a more thorough detoxification, Lufenuron provides the complete program to rid your pet of adult fleas, parasites, and their eggs. Lufenuron stimulates the lymphatic system, giving blood flow to all areas of the body and relieving muscle and joint pain. One of the most impressive claims of this supplement is that it can be used in conjunction with other products and has been shown to work effectively as a preventative measure against adult fleas. As an important note, Lufenuron should not be used by puppies or kittens under the age of six months old or women who are pregnant. In addition to being administered during the initial six month program phase, this supplement should be administered continuously until the full effect of the product is achieved.
If your pets have fleas, you need to educate yourself about how to control them. While there are plenty of products on the market today designed to control fleas for both cats and dogs, keeping the appropriate dosage in mind can make a big difference in the effectiveness of your treatment. With so many choices of products and different ways to administer them, you’ll want to consult with your veterinarian to be certain you are using the best product and method for your pets. If you aren’t sure how to administer nitenpyram, don’t hesitate to speak with your vet.