Fleas and ticks are a common problem in every pet owned household. They cause illnesses in dogs and cats and become a nuisance to others. However, with the right product, this menace can be treated successfully. So, here we will talk about a very well-known flea and tick product – Bravecto, Bravecto Topical and Bravecto Plus.
Bravecto is a potent flea and ticks preventative that is administered orally and remains effective for complete 3 months. It kills all forms of fleas within 3 hours of administration and destroys brown legged ticks, American dog ticks, black-legged tick and lone star ticks, remaining effective until 8 weeks for the lone star and 12 weeks for rest of the ticks. Even a 6-month-old puppy weighing more than 4.8 pounds can be easily treated for fleas and ticks with this product.
How does Bravecto work against Fleas and ticks?
Bravecto contains just one active ingredient ‘Fluralaner’ – an insecticide which after reaching the pet’s system dissolves and distributes itself throughout the body. When a flea or tick latches on the dog or a cat, in the process of taking blood meal it, in turn, takes in the drug as well. This drug then attacks the central nervous system of the insect and causes hyperactivity which ultimately kills the insect. Bravecto is renowned for its instant effect. It just takes around 2 hours for the product to start its action and within 24-48 hours, all the parasites are eliminated successfully. Cats and dogs that are regularly fed Bravecto never get bitten by fleas, ticks or mosquitoes because as they try to get near to dog, they get killed.
Types of Tick Illnesses Prevented by Bravecto
Ticks carry a lot of diseases with them that are fatal and cause severe complications in pets. Some of the most dreadful diseases that Bravecto prevents are – Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Some of these diseases are zoonotic and thus may infect humans as well.
Bravecto remains effective against lone star ticks for as long as 8 weeks and gives a lasting protection of 12 weeks against all other ticks.
Benefits of Bravecto
- Kills fleas within 2 hours of administration and provides complete protection within 48 hours.
- Kills 4 species of ticks altogether.
- Requires just 4 doses for 1-year prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks.
- It comes in a chewable form, thus it is easily voluntarily taken by dogs.
- As a dose is taken every 3 months and only 4 doses are required for the complete year-round treatment, it becomes easy for owners to remember the course.
What Could Be The Potential Side-effects?
Bravecto is an FDA-approved drug and is considered safe for use in pets. There have been no fatal, adverse reactions till yet and the chances of such cases are 0.01%. The possible side-effects in some dogs whose immunity is compromised may include:
- Decreased Appetite
- Increased Thirst
- Seizures in dogs that have seizure disorder history
You must always consult a vet before administering the product to your pet to always be on a safer side.
Bravecto is a great oral chew that can eliminate flea and tick infestation successfully but you must also treat your house as well for complete protection. Vacuum regularly and wash the beddings weekly. And, in case, there is any lapse in the dose, resume it immediately after consulting the vet.