Amitraz

Amitraz

insecticides

Alternate names

insecticide, acaracide, Mitaban, Mitac, Preventic, Taktic, Zema, Mitacur, Ovasyn, parasiticide, ProMeris

Toxicity to pets

Amitraz is an ectoparasiticide (kills fleas, ticks, etc.) used in veterinary products. This chemical is an alpha2-adrenergic agonist and monoamine oxidase inhibitor. When accidentally ingested or applied to pets inappropriately, it can result in severe clinical signs of the central nervous system (e.g., lethargy, walking drunk, dilated pupils, seizures, coma), gastrointestinal system (e.g., drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating), and cardiac system (e.g., slowed heart rate, low or high blood pressure). Treatment includes veterinary attention for the antidote (e.g., atipamazole, yohimbine), blood pressure monitoring, IV fluids, and symptomatic supportive care. Immediate veterinary attention should be sought.

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    Toxicity Level

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    Disclaimer

    The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.