Fleas and Ticks are two of the most common parasites that infect dogs and cats. These ectoparasites live on the body of their hosts and feed on their blood. Flea and tick bites can cause severe infections, anemia, paralysis, Lyme disease, etc. in dogs. Severe tick infestations may lead to death. Therefore, all pet parents must employ suitable flea and tick-preventive treatment to keep their pets safe and healthy.
Today, there are many products that keep your dogs free from ticks and fleas for a few weeks or months at a time. Bravecto is one such popular product that is liked by millions of pet parents across the globe. In this blog, we’ll give a brief description of everything you need to know about Bravecto for dogs.
What is Bravecto?
Bravecto is a systemic treatment containing Fluralaner- a substance effective against flea and tick infestations in dogs. It is available in two forms- Flavored oral chews and Spot-on topical treatment. Bravecto starts to show its effect against fleas and ticks within 24 hours of administration.
Bravecto is available in five different doses that are recommended for dogs of various sizes. It is approved for administration in dogs who are 6 months of age or older and who weigh at least 4.4 lbs.
How Long Does Bravecto Last?
Both Bravecto topical treatments and palatable Bravecto chews provide protection against fleas and ticks for three months.
Bravecto is effective against the following parasites in dogs:
- American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis)
- Black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis)
- Brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)
- Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum)
- Fleas (Ctenocephalides felis)
Bravecto protects from these parasites- except for lone star ticks- for 12 weeks; whether you use chews or a topical treatment. It is effective against lone star ticks for eight weeks.
How Does Bravecto Work?
Bravecto contains Fluralaner, which is absorbed into the dog’s bloodstream upon administration and dissolves quickly on your dog’s skin. When fleas and ticks bite your dog, they ingest fluralaner. This chemical compound is known to inhibit the arthropod nervous system and thus, the parasite dies, keeping your dog safe and healthy.
Bravecto For Puppies: Is It Safe For Young Dogs?
Bravecto has been tested and approved to be safe for use in puppies who are at least 6 months of age and a minimum of 4.4 lbs in weight.
At the end of the day, every pet parent would want their dogs to be protected from deadly parasites like fleas and ticks and no one would like flea and tick infestations in their homes either. Bravecto for dogs is a reliable and safe treatment for your dog that will keep ticks and fleas away from your dogs and homes. Ultimately, it comes down to what suits your dog the best. Consult your veterinarian if you have any reservations regarding your pet’s safety.
David joined CanadaVetCare in 2013 as a product analyst and veterinary assistant. Being a passionate pet lover and keen animal health researcher, David had always found ways and solutions to help pet parents to improve their pets’ health. He is always happy to answer pet health-related queries and recommending pet parents for the right pet product for their furry companions.