This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest information on all FDA-regulated products. A Dog Health Alert About Evamist is listed so I felt it was important to share.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Recommends Keeping Children and Pets Away from Evamist
Evamist contains the estrogen hormone estradiol. Sprayed inside the forearm between the elbow and wrist, the FDA reports adverse events in children and pets inadvertently exposed to the drug.
Adverse events reported in unintentionally exposed children include
FDA has also received reports of inadvertent exposure in pets. Pets exposed to Evamist may exhibit signs such as mammary/nipple enlargement and vulvar swelling.
“Women using Evamist need to be aware of the potential risks to children who come in contact with the area of skin where this drug is applied,” says Julie Beitz, M.D., a director of drug evaluation with FDA. “It is important that people know to keep both children and pets away from the product to minimize exposure.”
FDA recommends that women using Evamist not allow children or pets to contact the area of the arm where Evamist was sprayed.
If Contact Occurs
When a child comes in contact with Evamist the FDA recommends the following:
You can report any side effects from the use of Evamist to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program online or by mail, fax, or phone.
At this time, it is unknown whether unintended exposure can occur with other topical (applied to the skin) estrogen products.
FDA continues to review adverse event reports and evaluate ways to reduce unintended exposures.
If your pet is showing any signs of distress or you suspect your pet is seriously ill, CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN immediately.