I know that we always remind you that some people foods and medicines should not be shared with your pets as they can be toxic or cause harm to their health and well-being.
Today I have to tell you to not take your pet’s heartworm pills to self-treat for COVID-19 or any other human illness. Ivermectin, the ingredient found in assorted animal deworming medication is toxic to humans and can be fatal.
The American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) strongly oppose the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial, usually one involving parasites. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued similar warnings.
Please, if you feel ill please see your medical doctor, not your veterinarian, your cattle store clerk or your Facebook feed.
We need you to be well and to thrive.