BRAVECTO FOR DOGS AND OTHER PRODUCTS REVIEW

It is a protective chewable tablet. It is the first chew for the dogs. It gives protection from fleas and ticks. Fleas are small insects and can very well live on the blood of dogs as a parasite. They stick on the dog’s body and even grooming of the dogs can’t remove them in some cases. Tick is another insect that adheres to the dog’s body and feeds on their blood. If you don’t treat it properly your favourite cuddly dog may lose strength and welcome many diseases. Bravecto for dogs is a tasty chew found at the veterinarians and important pet stores. Ticks and other parasites may paralyze your pet. It can cause serious health hazards including death also. This product controls the infestation of fleas and ticks. You need a prescription for this. It starts to kill fleas within 2 hours and control ticks. This product also protects the dog from flea induced dermatitis. This product can be used for the treatment of Demodicosis caused by Demodex spp and sarcoptic mange mites. Merck Animal Health announced the approval of Bravecto for dogs on May 20, 2014. It is known as MSD animal health outside the United States and Canada.

DOSE

As the name suggests it is for the safety purpose medication for dogs. ‘BRAVECTO’ is the name of a brand that produces this protective medication for dogs protection against some harmful parasites. It is given during the intake of food for best results.

The composition of the tablet contains fluralaner which is equal to 25 to 56mg/kg of body weight of the dog.

  • For miniature dogs ( 2-4.5 kg ) the composition should be 112.5 mg.
  • For small dogs ( >4.5-10 kg ) the composition should be250 mg.
  • For medium dogs ( >10-20 kg ) the composition should be 500 mg.
  • For large dogs ( >20- 40 kg ) the composition should be 1000 mg.
  • For extra large dogs ( >40-56 kg ) the composition should be 1400 mg.

PROS

IT IS A LONG-TERM TREATMENT

The medicine is given once every 3 months and the pet lover does not have to worry for a period of 12 weeks and it is also not a monthly dose. One does no headache about the dose until the time period is covered. Fleas and ticks are a very common problem for dogs. Studies show that bravecto can kill fleas within 2 hours of taking the medicine. It is also efficient in the treatment of ticks such as brown dog tick, American dog tick, and lone star tick. The ticks are responsible for deadly diseases such as ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. These diseases not only affect dogs but humans also. The medicine is very much useful in preventing such harmful ticks. In some cases, the ticks can affect humans thus creating problem in the dog owner’s house. The brown dog tick commonly attacks dogs and your lovable pets get infected with it. Sometimes fever and nausea also occur due to the ticks. This disease is mostly found in the United States. The American dog tick from the name suggests that it attacks the dogs. The disease is dangerous as this disease may be transmitted to a person also. The product here does good benefits.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF DOSES

It is a quarterly dose in a year, and it is easy to remember. In some other brands, it is a monthly dose.

LESS MENTAL AGONY

The flea and its infestation induce itching in the pet dog so taking the dose it keeps the pet dog away from itching problems. This can lead to complete peaceful life and a peaceful dog can keep the owner in a peaceful environment.

GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY

The chew is given to the dog every 12 weeks and the owner does not have to think of spending money monthly for the dog purpose.

IT IS A SAFE MEDICINE

Researches say that this chewable tablet can be taken safely with other drugs such as antibiotics, vaccines, painkillers or steroids. No side effects were noticed.

CONS

VOMITING

The most common bad effects for the chewable tablet are that it sometimes creates vomiting problems. This can reduce the weight of the dog.

LETHARGY

Some studies reveal that often some dogs become lethargic after taking the pill.

INCREASED THIRST

The tablet has so many benefits. But sometimes the dose causes excessive thirst with the dog.

FLATULENCE AND DIGESTIVE DISORDER

Digestive problems and flatulence are also found after taking the chewable tablet.

LIVER AND KIDNEY FUNCTIONS

Sometimes for some dog’s blood tests reveal high liver and kidney conditions after feeding this product to dogs.

SKIN ITCHING AND IRRITATION

Some pet owners also have complained of itching problems. Complications such as hair fall also are noticed. So, some dog lovers prefer to stay away from bravecto for dogs.

SEIZURES

Flea and tick control medicine is believed to be safe with dogs. But nowadays an adverse reaction is found with dogs. Convulsions and seizures a new side effect is reported. In some cases, muscle tremors and ataxia is also reported. In ataxia, frequent staggering and slurred speech is noticed. Headaches and involuntary eye movements are also found. It can affect various movements of the body.

Anyway, it is a fabulous product for your pet dogs. It’s a simple chew and can create wonders. Fewer doses mean there are fewer chances of missing a dose. Since it is not a liquid so there are fewer chances of creating a mess. After giving the chew it reaches the tissue fluids under your pet’s skin. When fleas and ticks try to feed on the dog’s blood they take in the medicine and end their life.  Whether at home or in public places your dog may attract fleas or ticks. Socializing dogs may hang out at the park or public places. There is a danger of catching fleas. Anyway, the product can generate amazing results. If you believe in the side effects of the medicine don’t bother because they are mild problems. Any medicine has side effects and we can’t deny it. Just awareness is needed and if any major trouble occurs visit the veterinarian an and he can give suggestions.

SOME OTHER FLEA CONTROL DRUGS

  • FRONTLINE PLUS
  • NEXGRD
  • ADVANTRIX
  • COMFORTIS
  • VECTRA 3D
  • SIMPARISON

FRONTLINE PLUS

It is a monthly dose for dogs for tick and flea control. Apply it on the hair. You place the applicator on the skin and squeeze it and the whole content should be applied on the animal’s skin. It kills mostly fleas within 12 hours and ticks within 48 hours. Flea infestation starts with one or two fleas laying many eggs within a few days. Frontline plus not only kills adult fleas but also kills flea eggs and larvae also. The bite of flea starts with itching but then may be the cause of many diseases. They include Flea allergy dermatitis, anaemia, tapeworm and rickettsiosis. Anaemia leads to low blood count and then your dog may be weak and lethargic. Rickettsiosis may be mild or severe. In this disease, the dogs get a fever, Headache and rashes. They need antibiotics. Frontline plus is very important in these cases to save the dogs from the diseases. The ticks are responsible for Lyme disease, babesiosis. Merial is a global company that manufactures Frontline plus.

DOSE

Frontline plus contains two important ingredients. Fipronil present in it kills adult fleas and ticks. The second ingredient is methoprene which kills flea eggs and larvae Fipronil is an insecticide. It attacks the insect’s central nervous system. It is generally used in flea killer products. Methoprene regulates insect growth. Methoprene acts on the insect’s life cycle and prevents its reproduction.

  • For dog weight (5 to 22 lbs) the monthly dose is available in .67ml applicators.
  • For dog weight (23 to 44 lbs) the monthly dose is available in 1.34ml applicators.
  • For dog weight (45 to 88 lbs) the 2.68 ml applicator is used.
  • For dog weight (89 to 132 lbs) the 4.02 ml applicator is used.

One applicator is used per treatment.

PROS

It kills fleas within 12 hours and ticks within 48 hours.

One application gives month long protection.

It is nice for swimming dogs as it is waterproof.

It is effective for brown dog tick, American dog tick and lone star tick.

CONS

Some irritation or itching may occur at the application site.

This medicine when applied may lead to hair loss.

Uncoordinated movement may occur which is a neurological problem.

Sometimes hair change occurs at the application site.

Dermatitis may occur in some cases.

NEXGURD (afoxolaner) CHEWABLE

It is a chewable tablet and given monthly. The medicine should be continued without failure and it is a monthly dose. It kills adult fleas and kills flea infestation. It treats black-legged ticks, American dog tick, lone star tick and brown dog tick. It kills vector ticks. The effect lasts for the entire month. It has soft beef-flavoured chewable tablets. You should notice that your dog takes the whole dose. Most of the tick is not transmitted to humans. The first symptom that appears is the rash around the tick area. So, tick control is necessary and Nexgurd chewable is a good choice for the flea control. Merial produces Nexgurd. For dogs who have a history of seizures or epilepsy, the veterinarian should be consulted.

DOSE

For dog weight (4 to 10 lbs) 11.3 mg of afoxolaner one chew is given.

For dog weight (10.1 to 24 lbs) 28.3mg of one chew is needed.

For dog weight (24.1 to 60 lbs) 68 mg one chew of the drug is given.

For dog weight (60.1 to 121 lbs) 136 mg of the medicine is needed.

For dog weight over 121 lbs the right combination is given.

In a study, it shows that Nexgurd kills total fleas within a day. It protects against fleas, worms and has safe use for breeding and lactating dogs. It is very safe for puppies weighing 4 lbs or above. Since it is beef flavoured dogs accept it easily.

PROS

This medicine acts very first and is very much effective for 30 days and it is taken monthly. It kills fleas before they lay eggs. It is easy to give as the size of the chew is reasonable. As it is an oral chew it does not create any problem for the swimmer dogs. It is safe to use with other drugs such as vaccines, antibiotics or steroids. This medicine is favourable for all dog breeds. You can give it to puppies from 8 weeks of age. It is not a liquid as liquids may create problems while giving it to the dog. It kills paralysis ticks also. This is a safe medicine for your loved pets.

CONS

It is prescription-oriented medicine. So, if you need an instant remedy you have to wait for a prescription. It is a 30-day offer so you must think about it monthly. There are severe allergies as a side effect of Nexgurd. The main reasons are that some dogs are hypersensitive to the product afoxolaner and it may create itching to the dogs who are sensitive to the drug. If it starts showing such symptoms, then you should take it to the veterinarian. Then effective treatment of allergies is to be done much time is spent on the solution. Sometimes diarrhoea also may occur. Dehydration may take place and again you become worried. In some dogs, excessive itching and hair thinning occur.

K9 ADVANTIX 2

It is a monthly flea and tick medicine for dogs. It protects pets from flea and tick infestation. It disturbs the flea life cycle by destroying the eggs, larvae. K9 Advantix 2 is again a monthly application. It kills fleas, ticks, mosquito, lice etc. Bayer is a company that makes the drug.

DOSE

It is an applicator type medicine.

For dog weight (4 to 10 lbs) the monthly dose is of .4 ml.

For dog weight (11 to 20 lbs) the monthly dose is 1 ml.

For dog weight (21 to 55 lbs) the dose is 2.5 ml.

For dog weight over 55 lbs the monthly dose is 4 ml.

INGREDIENTS

There are two active ingredients and they are imidacloprid and permethrin.

Imidacloprid is an insecticide and it acts as a neurological toxin to insects. Permethrin is received from chrysanthemum plant and has a high rating in pest control.

PROS

It protects the dog against fleas, ticks, pests and mosquitos. This solution is waterproof and so does not create a problem in swimming dogs. It is easy to apply. The dog’s hair is partitioned, and the solution is applied. This is an external use medicine, and nothing is related to the medicine of entering the blood. It is manufactured by a reputed company called Bayer. This product works well. Within 12 hours you can see your dog stops itching. Ticks and fleas are damaged by medicine. The company is very effective in making medicine.

CONS

In some cases, the dog’s skin has irritation after the application. After application of the solution, the dog becomes slow in behaviour. The product is a costly one. Weighing of the dog is needed for its use. If you give a heavier dose for a lighter dog that may be troublesome. It may burn the dog’s skin. The formula should be right for the correct weight of the dog. Sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea also occur. Patchy red sores in the area of application are also found.

COMFORTIS (Spinosad)

It is a chewable beef-flavoured tablet and protects against fleas and tick infestation on dogs. It is a monthly dose and provides full month protection. It is accepted for dogs.  14 weeks of age or more and body weight should be 5 lbs or greater. This medicine requires a prescription to get it. It is highly approved by veterinarians. It kills fleas before it lays eggs and continues killing it throughout the month. Studies showed that flea count reduced to 97.9 % after one month and after 3 months treatment 99.9 % were reduced. Spinosad is an active ingredient in Comfortis. It begins killing fleas within 30 minutes. If the dog does not take the medicine, it can be given with food. This attacks the flea’s nervous system and kills it. Elanco is the maker of Comfortis. The company was established in 1954.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Comfortis contains Spinosad. Spinosad consists of Spinosyn A and Spinosyn D. It starts with nervous agitation of flea, muscle contractions and paralysis leading to its death.

DOSE

For dog weight (1.3 kg to 2.0 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 90 mg.

For dog weight (2.1 kg to 3.0 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 140 mg.

For dog weight (3.1 to 3.8 kg) the number of tablets is 2 of 90 mg.

For dog weight (3.9 to 6.0 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 270 mg.

For dog weight (6.1 to 9.4 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 425 mg.

For dog weight (9.5 to 14.7 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 665 mg.

For dog weight (14.8 to 23.1 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 1040 mg.

For dog weight (23.2 to 36.0 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 1620 mg.

For dog weight (36.1 to 50.7 kg) the number of tablets is 1 of 1620 mg +1 of 665 mg

For dog weight (50.8 to 72.0 kg) the number of tablets is 2 of 1620 mg.

PROS

The active constituent Spinosad is environment-friendly. It is an excellent product. The fleas not only stay away from the dog but also the environment of the dog. In some cases, it is seen that the dog takes the medicine very eagerly so the medicine must be appealing. It removes the flea very efficiently within 30 minutes. It kills flea very fast, so they do not get a chance to lay eggs. It is a chewable pill and children do not need to be away from the medicine. It is not a messy liquid so no problem about it. This medicine is totally worth the price. There is no chance of patchy sores as it is not the application process. For the chewable tablet, there is no restriction of swimming or bathing processes. It is a nice product.

CONS

The medicine often induces vomiting in the dog. Sometimes the dogs stop eating also. They face digestive problems. Some dogs suffer from loose motion or constipation. It becomes a matter of worry for the dog. But to stop this problem the medicine should be given with food. In some cases, anorexia and ataxia are also found. Some dogs become lethargic after taking the dose. If such symptoms occur, one should consult a veterinarian. Dogs with epilepsy or a history of seizures should avoid medicine. Puppies below 14 weeks of age should not be given the dose.

VECTRA 3D

It is a monthly parasite control application solution for dogs. It gives protection against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites, biting flies and lice. It kills American dog ticks, Deer ticks, Lone star ticks, Brown dog ticks and Gulf Coast ticks. Vectra 3D does not work against Mange mites. It not only kills the parasites but also repels them. These parasites can create a problem and endless suffering. It consists of a solution with an applicator. It has a round tip and very easily the medicine can be applied to your dog’s skin through the coat. It protects for one month.

For the application process, the applicator tube should be in an upright position. The hair of the dog should be parted and using the tip of the applicator the ointment should be applied onto the skin along a line from the tail to the shoulder. The process should be repeated every month. It should be continued for the whole year.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

The solution is Permethrin based. It includes Dinoteufuran 4.95 %, Pyriproxyfen 0.44 %, Permethrin 36.08 % and other ingredients 58.53 %.

DOSES

The doses are as follows: –

For dogs and puppies of weight (5 to 10 lbs), the amount of solution should be 0.8 ml.

For dogs and puppies of weight (11 to 20 lbs) the amount should be 1.6 ml.

For dogs and puppies of weight (21 to 55 lbs) the amount should be 3.6 ml.

For dogs of weight (56 to 95 lbs) the amount should be 4.7 ml.

For dogs of weight over 95 lbs the amount should be 8 ml.

PROS

It is one of the best flea control technique. It is waterproof so the dog has no problem with bathing or swimming. It kills all stages of the flea. It includes eggs, pupae, larvae and adult stages. It kills as well as repels also.  It also repels sand flies, mosquitoes and stable flies. It is a Simparica topical ointment. It has an excellent record against fleas and ticks. With other topicals irritation on the site of the application occurs. This is not the case here. It works on pups and dogs of seven weeks or longer. It dries on the skin within a few hours of application.

CONS

Side effects of vomiting and gastrointestinal disturbances are noticed. Some dogs have less appetite after the treatment and become less active. Vomiting occurs in some cases. Though these are rare cases as a dog lover it may worry you. Fever and palpitation are also found in some dogs. You should be aware that if you apply at the wrong site it may enter the mouth. It may be hazardous then. Eyes also should be protected from the ointment. Some complaints of liver and kidney disturbances also heard of. Sores or irritation in the application site may be seen. If you have small children, they should be kept away from medicine.

SIMPARICA SAROLANER CHEWABLE TABLETS


It is a monthly chewable tablet for the control of ticks and fleas. It remains effective throughout the month. It is used in dogs of age 6 months or older. Flea allergy effects are also reduced by medicine. It starts killing fleas within 3 hours and ticks within 8 hours. Studies reveal that it is effective for 35 days against lone star tick, Gulf coast tick, American dog tick and brown dog tick.  Simparica is a prescription-oriented medicine and found in 3 chewable tablets for 3 months and 6 chews for 6 months. Zoetis manufactures medicine.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

It consists of sarolaner which an insecticide is. It belongs to the isooxazoline group. It attacks the neuromuscular system of insects.

DOSES

For dog weight (2.8 to 5.5 lbs) one 5 mg tablet is given.

For dog weight (5.6 to 11.0 lbs) one 1o0 mg tablet is given.

For dog weight (11.1 to 22.0 lbs) one 20 mg tablet is given.

For dog weight (22.1 to 44 lbs) one 40 mg tablet is given.

For dog weight (44.1 to 88 lbs) one 80 mg tablet is given

For dog weight (88.1 to 132 lbs) one 120 mg tablet is given.

For dogs who weighs more than 132 lbs a combination of the above doses can be given.

PROS

It protects against fleas and ticks. It begins to kill fleas within 3 hours and ticks within 8 hours after taking the medicine. It works against multiple species of ticks. Zoetis a pharmaceutical brand has emerged with Simparica which is highly effective. Some mild digestive problems and very few neurological conditions are found. Since it is not an application process so there is no problem with swimming or bathing. There is no need to keep the dog away from children. There is no analysis for pregnant or breeding dogs.

CONS

With this medicine, there are chances of vomiting and digestive disorder. Loose motion is also found in some cases. Tremors, weakness, seizures, loss of coordination is also found in some cases. It belongs to the isooxazoline group. Since it attacks the insect and kills it so it may affect the dog also in rare cases. Generalised itching also occurs. The most common side effect is vomiting and loose motion.

WHY BRAVECTO FOR DOGS IS PREFERRED TO THE OTHER PRODUCTS?

Bravecto is rated higher than most other products. It is a chewable tablet and is given every 3 months. It is a pill and has a high success rate. It is different from the others in a way as it has 4 doses. You get a full year treatment by giving only 4 doses. The others are monthly dose and it needs to be given 12 times in 12 months. The chew comes in different sizes for bravecto. For a large dog also bravecto is quite effective. It kills ticks faster and almost 100 % ticks are destroyed in 12 hours. Other treatments take 48 hours. It is “worth a price “choice also. The active ingredient is fluralaner and it is an efficient ectoparasiticide.  An ectoparasitic ide is a drug to kill parasites that adhere to the dog’s body. It protects from ticks and fleas. Many of the ticks transmit the disease to humans also. Frontline plus, Advantix 2, and Vectra 3 D are applications. Bravecto, Nexgurd and Comfortis are chewable tablets.

Dog lovers, if you want to own a dog you must be committed to its well being also. Proper dog care should be done. As you pay attention to its food similarly protection against fleas and ticks should be considered. And Bravecto for dogs claims its position as the invincible winner in comparison to other flea control products.

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