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Is Bravecto safe for dogs?

 by ben on 06 Feb 2019 |
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Bravecto is the revolutionary tablet that packs three months of flea and tick protection into a chewable treat. 

When it comes to our four-legged friends, we want to give them the best flea and tick protection possible. For many pet owners, that means giving Fido a regular dose of Bravecto. The first flea and tick treatment of its kind, Bravecto packs up to three months of pest protection into one tasty tablet. The powerful formula starts working almost immediately to kill adult and juvenile fleas, curing infestations fast and fighting future outbreaks. With such a powerful impact with each tablet, many pet owners wonder: Is Bravecto truly safe for dogs?

Bravecto’s fast-acting and long-lasting efficacy is thanks to its active ingredient Fluralaner, an FDA-approved insecticide, and aracicide. After ingestion by your pet, Fluralaner enters the fluids under its skin, where it starts to work almost immediately to kill pests as they bite. This is thanks to its ability to attack the nervous systems of invertebrates such as fleasandticks. Because Fluralaner is more effective on invertebrates than mammals, field tests and clinical use have found Bravecto to be safe for dogs.

Fluralaner’s effectiveness comes from disrupting certain pathways in invertebrates’ nervous systems, creating waves of nerve transmissions that lead to seizure activity that is fatal to fleas and ticks. This has caused some concern among pet owners that Bravecto can also affect their canines’ nervous systems. However, field trials revealed the most common side effects to be vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea—all symptoms related to the gastrointestinal system, not Fido’s nervous system. When administered properly, Bravecto provides year-round protection from fleas and ticks with just four tablets, protecting your pet from diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and allergic reactions that can cause infection.

As with any flea and tick treatment, Bravecto should be given only as instructed on the package for your specific pet. Bravecto chews are available in five different strengths for dogs of every size, including puppies over six months and dogs weighing more than 4.4 pounds. Bravecto can be used in breeding, pregnant and nursing pets. The most common adverse reactions seen during clinical trials were mild and transient gastrointestinal effects, including diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and drooling. Bravecto was found to kill more than 90 percent of fleas and ticks and to be an effective treatment for allergies caused by fleas.

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