“Man’s highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.” – Emile Zola
We love our pets. Our cats, dogs and other animals are precious to us. The relationship between pet and person is one of unconditional and uncomplicated love. A human does not have to be wealthy, beautiful, or successful to be loved by a pet. Likewise, pets do not have to be attractive or even useful to be loved by their humans. The relationship is pure, innocent and uncomplicated. A human simply has to care for and protect the pet, and the pet provides love and companionship in return.
Out of love for our pets, we do our best to take care of them and protect them from danger. A sensible thing to do in order to care for our pets is to get veterinary care for them when they are ill. It is the right thing to do and I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from taking their loved critter to the vet’s office. However, there is a poison disguised as an antibiotic that is regularly administered to animals that I encourage you to look out for because it can cripple, or even kill, your loved companion.
The poisons are called fluoroquinolone antibiotics. They are known as Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox when they are administered to humans and they are known as Baytril, Floxasol and Advocin when administered to animals. A complete list of fluoroquinolones used for both humans and animals can be found HERE.
Fluoroquinolones have been shown to disintegrate rabbit and puppy cartilage, and destroy rat tendons. They have been shown to cause retinal detachment, and blindness, in cats.
The side-effects of fluoroquinolones that happen to humans, also happen to animals.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have been shown to damage tendons, cartilage, muscles and all other connective tissues. They have also been shown to damage the various nervous systems – the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system and peripheral nervous systems. The 43 page warning label for Cipro/Ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is commonly administered to humans, includes black box warnings (the strongest warnings possible before a drug is removed from the market) of tendon ruptures and death. Other side-effects of fluoroquinolones include permanent peripheral neuropathy, liver failure, and many other horrifying effects. What the warning label fails to mention is that Cipro, and all the other fluoroquinolones, damage mitochondria and that damaged mitochondria produce a large number of poisonous reactive oxygen species (also known as oxidative stress) which lead to systemic damage in the body of the person, or animal, affected. Multi-system chronic disease is the result of fluoroquinolone induced mitochondrial damage and oxidative stress.
It is claimed that the adverse effects of fluoroquinolones on both humans and animals are rare, but because of the systemic nature of the adverse effects – which makes them seem absurd – and the delay in adverse reactions, they are under-recognized and the true frequency of side-effects is unknown.
Many humans are screaming about the deleterious effects of fluoroquinolones on people. This site’s sister site, www.floxiehope.com, has information about how fluoroquinolones hurt people. The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain on facebook also has stories of how fluoroquinolones have injured and killed people.
As I went from being extremely athletic and active, to barely being able to walk because of damaged tendons, debilitating fatigue and muscles that simply stopped working; I thought of how my loved cat, Rickie, would react if he had to go through what I went through. He would no longer be able to jump to where his food is. He would not be able to play or run or chase things as cats are apt to do. He would be in pain but he wouldn’t know why. Luckily for us, that didn’t happen to Rickie. Sadly, it has happened to many beloved pets.
On this site, I want to share stories of pets who have been hurt by fluoroquinolones – stories of what the pet went through, the sorrow that it brought you and your family to have your loved one experience the pain and suffering that comes with tendon (and other muscular/skeletal) destruction, and the multitude of other health problems that are caused by fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
Hopefully your story will serve as a warning to other people so they know not to allow their pet to be given fluoroquinolone antibiotics.
To everyone who writes a story – thank you very much for your input! You may have saved a loved pet’s life. Stories can be submitted through the “contact me” link on this site.
Our loved pets are dependent on us to protect them. Please protect your pets from fluoroquinolone antibiotics. They are dangerous drugs. There are safe alternatives (all non-fluoroquinolone antibiotics) that don’t have the potential to disable your pet.
Thank you, to all who heed this warning.