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We live in an area that has a very high tick presence, along with the accompanying high incidence of Lyme. My two-year old pup had developed intense itching after the application of Vectra 3 D, so our vet switched him to Activyl. Approximately 1 hour after application, he began vomiting violently, crying, losing control of his bowels (no diarreah), staggering and then collapsed and was unresponsive for a few moments. It was the holiday and my vet (who was out on an emergency) called back within minutes. He said the incidence of side effects with Activyl was rare, but possible, and there was no antidote. He recommended immediate and repeat washing with DAWN dish soap. If there was no improvement, or worsdening condition, we were advised to transport him to the emergency clinic (1 hour away).
Truthfully, I thought we were losing him. We bathed him using two thick applications of Dawn, then wrapped him in a blanket, observing him in his bed (he seemed uncomfortable being held). Within an hour, he began lifting his head, and breathing more normally. By two hours, he was up and walking. Other than seeming a bit lethargic, he's back to normal.
I've scoured the web but can find nothing about Activly side effects (the vet only gave me one to try, so no package insert). Unfotunately, after all of my reading, I've determined my older guy has been suffering from significant lethargy following application of Vectra, just never really noticed before. I have not called the hotline for Activyl, figured I'd wait until I get the insert from the vet's office.
Has anyone had a similar experience with Activyl? I am at a loss now as to preventative care. I think we will just check them each day for ticks, and approach flea tratment if needed.
All suggestions and insights appreciated.