Dog owners blame popular flea medicine for pets's deaths

a channel 2 Action News investigation

found that thousands of dog owners

worldwide blame a popular flea killer

for hurting their animals channel 2's

investigative reporter Jim Strickland

has FDA reports showing the drug is

suspected in hundreds of pet death Jim

chavita it's called brave ecto a dog

chew so powerful one dose kills fleas

and ticks for three months the maker

Merck says it's absolutely safe but this

federal data I got from the FDA shows

the number of dog owners who think

otherwise is growing try to resuscitate

him and he was pronounced dead on

arrival life hasn't been the same

without him I mean there is no proof but

there is plenty of blame probably the

perfecto killed my dog why do you

believe this that's the only thing I

changed his entire life

Donna white of Buckhead says her dog

Jojo had vomited on his first two doses

of brevet Oh a known side effect 12

hours after dose number three he was at

the vets getting emergency CPR they

could not save him get the fourth I'm

alive Chris Webber says his dog suffered

four weeks after dose number three then

he put his head in the bowl turned back

and looked at me and collapsed at my

feet Webber euthanized his dog truck on

Thanksgiving Day Patti Maastricht says

within hours her dog Duncan had a fatal

reaction to pill number one this video

shows her other dog Trey he had the pill

then had a seizure we had just lost our

one dog and our other dog is you know

just in front of us going to pieces

Maastricht says Trey now has less energy

but she can't prove it was prevent oh

hey Trey you thought I couldn't have

been anything else for me I thought how

could it be anything else master his

administrator of a Facebook page with

more than 30,000 members posts from

around the globe document death and

suspicion an FDA report we obtained

tallies 355 suspected deaths since the

pills release in 2014 that's just in the

u.s. we're saved some of these dogs that

just see

to crash for lack of a better word

Pennsylvania veterinarian Elizabeth

Carney has asked the FDA to add a

seizure warning to bovec toes label I

think that it's more important to try to

figure out what's going on

Merck declined an on-camera interview an

email says they've dispensed 34 million

doses and that reports of serious

adverse events are very rare less than

point zero one percent additional

compelling evidence that supports the

safety profile of Bro vecto he's been on

perfecto about two years now

Sugar Hill Animal Hospital has dispensed

more than 3400 doses with no complaints

including the vets own dog Henry a lot

of new products have come out lately but

the safety of this one really amazed me

so it was when I felt confident with

European regulators have amassed more

than 800 deaths reports worldwide last

month they voted to add lethargy as an

additional side-effect and ordered more

specific details when a serious reaction

is reported I think there's enough

evidence that some dogs are falling ill

after taking it that I think we need

those answers now the FDA says it's

monitoring reports like this as it does

with all drugs but it would not answer

when I asked a question about the

potential for label changes here in the

United States Merck says if a label

change was necessary they'd be the first

to recommend it reporting live in

Midtown Jim Strickland channel 2 Action