Why Singer Amata Thinks Milbemax Killed Her Dog

How Safe are Drug Treatments and Medications?

We are all expected to trust the drugs given out by vets just as we do with those prescribed by doctors but what happens when things go tragically wrong? How safe are these treatments? All medications have side effects and some of these can be very serious, very serious indeed!

Joanna Papaj, who is also known by stage name of Amata, witnessed the terrible suffering her little dog Zuzia endured after being given Milbemax wormer, a drug manufactured by Novartis. Eventually her dear animal friend had to be put to sleep after all treatments to reverse the damage done to her little body had failed. This is the harrowing story of what happened:


Zuzia as she was
Zuzia as she was

Amata Explains What Happened to Zuzia

"I gave her Milbemax in the middle of May. Just after a few hours one of her legs started to shake. The next day her neck became stiff and she had this horrible face that was saying "I'm suffering, help me". The next day she started to limp.

We went back to the same vet and I said that something's going on after Milbemax and she said 'Surely it's not after that drug, it's safe!'

She gave me painkillers because she assumed Zuzia had a leg/spine injury and she can't walk because it hurts. I am so sure that this lady had an agreement with Novartis to sell Milbemax to her patients.

We gave Zuzia Ibuprofen, but after 3-4 hours she couldn't walk at all and was shaking. We went to this big vet's clinic and the doctor there said that she never gives this drug to any animals, and that she had a case when a dog died just a few months ago after receiving this.

She couldn't give Zuzia steroids, because we gave her Ibuprofen just a day before, so we had to wait until the next day and during this time, Milbemax was wreaking havoc in Zuzia's body.

The steroids helped after a few days. It looked like she was going to be fine. We wanted to stop giving her steroids, because they can be harmful in a long run. When we lessened the dose, everything came back.

This is too much to describe, but there were about 5-6 such tries and each time she was getting worse. Zuzia was getting weaker and weaker. Although she was only 5 years old, her whiskers started to go white. She lost 2 teeth. One day she stopped walking and never got up again. She was paralysed from her waist down.

We started rehabilitation which last for about 3 weeks. Then, her bladder got paralysed, so we had to sqeeze her little belly to make her pee. It was very painful. She stopped even sitting. Then, just in a week, all her muscles just disappeared. Her fur went dull. Her eyes started to get misty. We got drops that were supposed to rebuild the cornea, but they didn't help.

On 1st September, she was so weak she wasn't able to raise her head. Then she started to whine and howl and her right eye wouldn't even open. there was no chance she was going to make it. We couldn't let her suffer longer and decided to put her to sleep."



Polyneuropathy Defined

The condition of polyneuropathy is described in the following way: "A neuropathy refers to a physical and/or functional change to nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord. A polyneuropathy simply implies that several or multiple nerves are affected, often effecting both sides of the body or section of the body equally." (from www.familyvet.com/Dogs/Nervous.html)

The same website informs us that drugs and toxins can cause this.

"Weakness, paralysis, loss of muscle mass (atrophy), reduced muscle tone, poor reflexes, sensitivity to pain/touch or loss of sensation, self-mutilation, altered gait and loss of recognition as to limb position" are all symptoms of polyneuropathy according to the site, as well as bowel and bladder problems, and little Zuzia was suffering from all of them!

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A Word of Warning

Amata told me the following points that she wanted to stress:

"I know the vet that gave Zuzia the Milbemax had received benefits from doing this. Otherwise, she should have reacted when I said something was going on.

Every drug might be dangerous and we all know that. When you take a drug, you must know that something might go wrong and you do this acting on your own responsibility. Apart from creating such a dangerous drug, I have two serious objections to Novartis.

There is no information that taking Milbemax can cause death on the leaflet. Not even in 'extremely rare cases' or '1 in a billion'. There's nothing. Not informing patients about all possible side effects is lying. It makes me furious. How evil do you have to be to kill pets in the name of getting money?

The second things is quite horrifying. When Zuzia was feeling bad, I called Novartis to ask if the treatment we were giving her was right. I didn't call to tell them 'You bastards! I hate you for making my dog sick!' I was very polite and only wanted to know how to cure polyneuropathy Milbemax had caused to my dog. I wanted advice. I didn't finish the second sentence when the lady... hung up on me!

The same happened here in Poland, when Zuzia's doctor called the Polish Novartis branch in Warsaw. She called them to make sure the treatment she was giving Zuzia was right. They hung up on her too... They not only shouldn't do such things but they should have a special, toll-free line where patients can get advice if something is going wrong. They create drugs, they know how to treat side effects. And especially when you produce such dangerous drugs, you should have some information line for patients.

Because Novartis concealed the truth about the potential death of an animal and because they refused to give any advice on what to do, it's obvious that this was intentionally causing death. And this is pure evil.

Apart from begging everyone to never give Milbemax to their pets, I advise you to ban all Novartis drugs. It they conceal the truth about drugs for animals because they're greedy and evil, you cannot be sure they don't do the same with drugs for people.

Nobody in my family will ever take any of their medicines and I will never stop educating people about this evil drug company. They have ruined my life, and taken away what was the most precious for me. the brightest sunshine and a part of my heart.

Zuzia was my baby, such an energetic, funny and happy little doggie. She was dying for several months and suffered a lot. She didn't deserve this. Please, don't let Novartis ruin your life too!"

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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

I am so sorry about little Zuzia's suffering and death. This should not have happened. I am appalled that representatives of Novartis hung up on you and the vet who called for advice. Don't worry--I will boycott all Novartis drugs. (Perhaps this hub should be called WHY YOU SHOULD BOYCOTT NOVARTIS DRUGS.)

Some vets give too many immunizations to dogs at once and don't give them in the appropriate muscles. When she was about two years old, my dog had a major reaction to vaccines and nearly died. I now have the vet do titers to see if she still has immunity before giving vaccines. Her current vet is very careful with her health. You should be able to trust the vet who cares for your beloved pet as much as you should be able to trust your own physician.


Rasa Von Werder 5 years ago

Do not ever take any drugs or give any drugs to anyone or get any treatments from Patriarchal medical science UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO. They are ALL A MAJOR RACKET – it is not just one company, it is all companies, it is most doctors – the doctors & vets are hypnotized & brainwashed by the medical schools & BIG PHARMA.

The entire Patriarchal medical system is built on testing/experiments ON INNOCENT ANIMALS, UNKNOWING PRISONERS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, ORPHANAGE INMATES, YOU THE CITIZENS, why would they care IF THEY KILL YOUR DOG? They are getting away with killing children, what is a dog’s life to them?

Most treatments & tests & preventive drugs recommended by your doctor or vet should be avoided at all costs.


Look at the basis of Patriarchy – it is WAR. They steal, kill & destroy FOR MONEY. Why would they care about your DOG?

During the Viet Nam war, the military asked hundreds of citizens to give up their precious German Shepherds TO SERVE AS HEROES IN VIET NAM, RISKING THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS. This was done. The dogs who survived, when the war was over, were kept in SMALL METAL CAGES (for months!) WITH JUST AIR HOLES. They did not know what to do with them, KILL THEM OR WHAT? They felt it was an unnecessary expense TO SHIP THEM BACK TO THE STATES! What did they finally do? THEY GAVE THEM TO THE VIETNAMESE – WHO EAT DOGS! For the first time during the entire time in Nam, THE DOGS COWERED!

Consider how the medical science of men got started – by KILLING WOMEN, NINE MILLION OF THEM, IN THE INQUISITION. Then they made it ILLEGAL for women to enter medical school. All medicine was/is based on experiments & testing on innocent living creatures. Why would they care about your dog?

Yes, some lives are saved. But as they gain power, they are getting more & more tyrannical & Patriarchy is now heading in a direction where they want to KILL AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE & control the rest through microchips & economic slavery. This is the direction they are moving to RIGHT NOW & the ONLY THING THAT CAN SAVE US, & WILL SAVE US IS MOTHER GOD & HER COMING MATRIARCHY. She is literally KILLING MEN by crumbling their Y chromosome, they will go extinct eventually, but way before that, women will take over, transforming all their evil institutions including medical science.

This is what is evil in Patriarchy:

1 Their religions are filled with abuse & repression.

2 Their political systems are corrupt, violent & exploitative.

3 Their academia is filled with propaganda & lies.

4 Their medical science is for money, hurting more than they help.

5 Their culture is THE CULTURE OF DEATH.

Save yourself & your animals BY STAYING AWAY FROM THEM, however, wherever you can.

I subscribe to the daily DR. MERCOLA newsletter. He addresses these issues & teaches real health. I have taken an herbal course with Dr. Richard Schulze, buy his products, & do my own health remedies according to his specifications. Between these two brilliant men, I have all bases covered, I am saving my life & staying in the pink.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your excellent feedback, Jaye and Rasa!

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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

The real shame is that the standards for drug management for pets is like a wild west movie. The pet is expected to sit and take the punishment of the side effects, like a cowboy who "just wraps a rag around a gun wound and jumps back into the fight". Sorry to say that pets do suffer, and too many people jut don't give a damn!

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Molly Kathleen 5 years ago from Portsmouth, NH

I'm so sorry! I went through something similar a number of years ago, when the vet insisted that we give our dog preventative meds for Lyme. He was 13 years old at the time and we didn't really want to give him anything. But the vet insisted so we did. Less than a month later, Max couldn't handle the side effects and died one night. :( I think a lot of meds vets have the dogs take might be good, but a lot more of them are a pure BS. Dogs lived for centuries without medications and yearly visits to the vet... it's gotten a bit ridiculous... anyways, I'm sorry for the loss. You have my sympathies!

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments, Don and Molly!

Mary Alice Pollard, Cornwalls Voice for Animals 5 years ago

This is absolutely shameful and so sadly we hear the same story over and over again about people putting their faith in animal doctors only to then watch your fur kids suffer terribly and too often die due to the reaction of these and other drugs. Our animals are overdosed with all kinds of drugs they tell us are required yearly. All this does is make our animals physically weaker and unable to fight off illness, disease or infections. A rip off industry at the expence of our little loved ones. Funny thing how I looked after hundreds of feral cats and dogs for years - they may have been a bit dirty on the outside but goodness they were healthy and strong and able to fight of whatever would so easily bring down any household pampered pet ! This whold situation I have always found absolutely disgusting and I am so sorry for the pain and suffering your little darling went through and what you are going through now. Let's hope that with this feature, many eyes will be opened to alternative and healthier care for our animals. I for one will be looking up DR. MERCOLA ! It sounds like there is much to be learned with his newsletters and advise.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your feedback, Mary Alice!

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Hello Sir,

I've never heard of this drug, but I well know and understand the pain of losing the most loyal and loving of friends. I shared your article around a bit in hopes that other folks won't have to deal with that pain.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Wesman!

Rasa Von Werder 5 years ago

Mercola is one of the few doctors who speaks about the evils of vaccines, facts of how they use military people as guinea pigs, how they are trying to make vitamins/supplements, organic foods illegal, etc. He gives the latest findings on how to stay healthy & thin.

Schultz is a genius of herbs - I swear by these guys. Many people who follow his teachings refuse to go to a doctor even when they're on the verge of death, & when they are Schulze's patients (the medics shut him down, though) he always saved their lives with things like cayenne pepper, lobelia. You have to study these guys so you know what to do, though, don't rely on medical science so much. tHE thing is get no unnecessary procedures, NONE.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting this, Rasa! I get Dr Mercola's mail-outs too!

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iskra1916 5 years ago from Belfast, Ireland.

Very interesting, Bard of Ely, a chara.

Pharmaceutical giants have a disgusting amount of power. They have crushed potential 'Davids' and there are no depths to which they will stoop, including murder.

They will factor in how much revenue they would loose from even one unfavourable report on a product in eg, a national tabloid and will take action to neutralise that revenue threat. Hush-money, hired-expert rebuttals, dirty tricks and worse are all options.


An Madra beag


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi Bard and Amata ... jus to say how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I can't bear it when animals suffer as they just do it so nobly.

I must admit that through all my years of having cats, the ones I left alone survived and thrived the best. Once all those must-have injections came along none of them have either lived as long or as healthily. We should all resist the money making scams of the drug companies and the vets who pander to them.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments, Iskra and Angie!

Tami 5 years ago

Im so so sorry for your loss & im so sorry for Zuzia to endure that decline. I hope you find Peace in your saddness. Rest assured, you have educated many about this drug & company.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for posting your comments, Tami!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

This is truly horrible and I never take a drug I do not research before it goes in my mouth and anything saying such as that does not go in my mouth and that would be true for any animal I own; although most of my animals have been kept worm free and very healthy on raw garlic often but not necessarily every day. My cat will be 17 in February and she is healthy and beautiful. I do get their rabies shot for them, naturally. We need to look for natural remedies for our pets the same as for ourselves.

Vets offices are like doctors offices with drug companies and their little black cases always in front of you. They go straight in!

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your feedback too, Pollyannalana! I agree with your opinion of vets' offices!

Tarja 5 years ago

Pollyannalana, I absolutely agree with you and am 100% for natural remedies. I just wanted to say that I've read many times that garlic causes breaking down of red blood cells in dogs (don't know about cats). Please, be careful with this!

Haylee 4 years ago

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I recently gave my cats Milbemax and my little sunshine, Alaska died. I'm totally with you honey. I know how it feels to loose an animal and Alaska was the best little kitty in the world. I am currently crying while writing this since she died last night.....:(


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

So sorry to hear this, Haylee!

dawn 3 years ago

omg, i have just today given my 8 week old chihuahua puppy this medicine! i am in a panic!

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Bard of Ely 3 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I hope your puppy is OK!

Jerry 2 years ago

Hi guys. Sorry for all the people who lost there babies. I don't know ab out all the natural things anymore. I tried the natural aproach and my dog got S-lupi now he is suffering a lot with all my attemps to help him. He is still alive but his stomach is a total reck.I do believe that some meds are nesseary. To prevent surtain things. Please google S-lupi the worm that kills.

Donna Day 2 years ago

My dog was given the wormer tablets yesterday and within hours was fighting for his life and ended up with servere sickness, drooling, water/blood poo and no balance at all. he has come home now but stll hasn't eaten and looks totally lethargic. I am so worried and my vet is saying that it wasn't the wormer even though he visited the practise a few hours earlier for a neck check up and was full of good health. I don't know what to do for him as no one knows how to treat him other than pain killers and anti sickness drugs.

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Bard of Ely 2 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

So sorry to hear this and I hope he recovers!

Antoinette LeRoux 11 months ago

This is the drug that a vet administered to my pup without even telling me what it was! I could barely blink before the pill was down my baby's throat already! And when I phoned the vet to ask her what I should do because my pup is ill because of it, she said that it could have been the vaccination that she got together with the pill, because "Milbemax is perfectly safe, but if you're really worried then bring her back at 5pm when I'm open again".

Why is it that a vet never wants to admit that the drug that they've administered could have caused the reactions? The vaccination was Vanuard plus 5, and I have NEVER had any side affects in ANY of my pups or dogs. And I used to breed dogs, so I should know.

All these new so-called "chewable/palatable drugs" are deadly! My brother's dog is blind because of Bravecto! I'm fricking furious! NEVER again will I let ANY fricking vet touch my pup. She only survived because I prayed for her. And in future I will take her to the holistic vet in Kyalami (about 40kg from where I live) if needs be!!

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Bard of Ely 11 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am very sorry to hear of your experience but relieved to hear that your pup survived! Thanks for sharing!

Antoinette LeRoux 11 months ago


I am currently fighting the Big Vet Companies (Merck, Meriel, Novartis, Zoetis, etc) by means of the media. Not alone, though, there were over 5000 reported cases of adverse reactions (from vomiting right through to death) with Bravecto alone since it's release in 1914, and there are almost 8000 members on the fb page "Does Bravecto kill dogs?".

Other brands are Nexgard, Trifexis, Comfortis, and more. We currently have a petition going that has reached over 7000 signatures within a week, and my new petition has reached almost 800 signatures in three days.

It was a shock to see the little dog Zuzia on this page, because my pup is a cross between one of those doggies and a Yorkie. Made me realize how lucky I am to have my pup alive with me today.

All the best with your page, and my condolences to Amata for losing her baby in such a horrible way, even though this was posted 4 years ago already, I know it still hurts. I lost my favorite German Shepherd to cancer and although I cannot prove it, I am sure it was caused by a pesticide called Ethoxyquin in the food that I fed her. She was only 8 years old when I had to have her euthanized. My new pup is my first dog since then, and I'm feeding her a completely balanced home prepared diet.

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Bard of Ely 11 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks again for your comments on this very serious matter! Yes, Amata was totally devastated by what happened, as would anyone be who cares about their animals companions!

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R Westlake 3 months ago

A couple of years ago one my dogs was diagnosed with lungworm, I understand this parasite can be fatal and must be treated. I was advised to treat both dogs every 3 months with the wormer.

My 16 year old dog died earlier this year from liver cancer, 3 months later my 9 year old dog (different bread) died of liver cancer. I don’t believe this is a coincidence, if I had lost one dog I would not have been suspicious, but to lose both in the same way can’t be right. And I am so angry with myself for agreeing to give them this drug, I took the vets advice and listened to the scare mongering. I can’t bring them back but I would like to get enough evidence to prove the link.

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Bard of Ely 3 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Yes, I can see why you would be worried about this. It seems too much of a coincidence.

Jerrard 3 days ago

My dog just passed away 2 days after receiving Milbemax. It started with vomiting and then began to shake terribly, hardly able to walk. She would not eat but happily drink a lot of water. She passed away that night after seeming to be a little better. Our local vet is investigating further into this very upsetting event.

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Bard of Ely 3 days ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

So sorry to hear this but thank you for sharing what happened.

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