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Pinellas pet owner suspects pill killed his dog

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Freelance photographer, Eamonn Kneeshaw, pointed to the grave in his backyard, where he buried his 12-year- old dog, "Harry." "I loved that little thing dearly. And you can't replace him ya know?" said Kneeshaw.

Knowing flea season is kicking into high gear, Kneeshaw gave Harry the once-a-month pill, Trifexis, recommended by his vet.  "I noticed probably the next day, he just wasn't himself. But I didn't pay that much attention to it," he said.

Harry's condition worsened and he died Saturday. "4:30 in the morning they called me and said his heart just gave out. Brought him in, I get him back in a box. That's not what I was expecting."

Kneeshaw found Internet reports of Trifexis deaths. "The guilt set in at this stage. Ya know, if I had studied it sooner, there's no way I would have given him that pill," said Kneeshaw.

Trifexis is a new combination of drugs that pet owners have used for years. A Bay area Vet says he prescribes it. "Trifexis is safe. We have a lot of patients; I have my own dogs on Trifexis actually. I will say that we've seen reactions with Trifexis," said Dr. Michael Rumore of Lake Seminole Animal Hospital who says vomiting happens about 5% of the time.

"As with any drug or any substance, you can have an individual reaction to it. There are people who eat shellfish or peanuts or strawberries, and fall over dead. That doesn't mean those things are generally bad although they are truly awful for those people," said Dr. Rumore.

A statement from Elanco, the maker of Trifexis says it has been rigorously tested, that tens of millions of doses have been safely administered to dogs, and that serious adverse reactions are not common.

Kneeshaw is not 100-percent sure Trifexis killed Harry.

But he is sure, he misses his little dog.

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