If you know anything about Dogs Naturally, you know that we always advocate natural solutions over drugs.  The reasons are that drugs are toxic and create a suppression of symptoms that normally comes back as chronic disease.  One more reason is that it is getting harder and harder to trust the pharmaceutical companies.

The latest example of this is the recent Novartis plant closure.

Over the past month Novartis closed an important manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska in response to consumer complaints it received regarding a number of its leading human consumer medications.  The FDA received reports of chipped and broken pills and inconsistent bottle packaging clearance practices, which could result in the bottles containing foreign tablets, caplets, or capsules.

The FDA issued a highly critical report of that plant (see here) after an inspection in June of last year.  On January 8th, Novartis announced in a press release that it was voluntarily recalling a number of its leading human products produced at the plant including Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X while it strengthens quality standards.

On January 5th, Novartis sent a letter to veterinarians informing them that it was suspending production and shipments of the following Novartis Animal Health brands including Interceptor Flavor Tabs, Sentinel Flavor Tabs, Clomicalm, Program Tablets and Suspension, and Milbemite. The letter also noted that production of Deramaxx which was just recently moved to the Lincoln plant will also be affected although the company will continue to ship that product from existing inventory.

Blog sites are alive with dog owners scratching their heads, trying to figure out what drugs they are going to used to replace their suspended products.  Hopefully, for many pet owners, this will be a wake up call.  There are natural alternatives to all of these drugs and none of them have the dangerous side effects of these drugs – whether it is intentional or unintentional through contamination due to poor plant procedures.

NSAIDs such as Deramaxx (a COX-2 inhibitor) have already been proven both dangerous and ineffective in many cases.  Homeopathic solutions have been scientifically proven to be just as effective.   If you are nervous about trusting your dog’s well-being to the pharmaceutical companies – and you should be – there are always safe and effective natural solutions.  Don’t let your dog become a statistic.