Features March 2019 Issue

Reporting Dogs' Adverse Reactions is Your Duty

If your dog suffers any unexpected adverse reaction to his food, topical pesticides, oral medications, or vaccine, it should be reported to the appropriate regulating agency. Each “pebble on the pile” gives regulators more data to consider when reviewing the safety of these products.

Reporting Dogs' Adverse Reactions is Your Duty

When new drugs, pesticides, vaccines, and foods hit the market, they are in effect being tested on our dogs. If problems arise, we need to let the regulators know.

It seems that is rare for a week to go by that we don’t hear about – or even experience – yet another pet illness or reaction to animal food, drugs, vaccines, or pesticides. At times, Whole Dog Journal’s articles and blog posts will include the advice to “report any adverse events.” And it’s excellent advice – so here’s when, how, and why you should report these events.

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