4 Questions To Ask Your Vet About Fleas and Ticks #12BRAVECTO

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It’s almost time for children to go back to school. Pediatrician’s offices are busy seeing children for their annual check-ups. In the same way we take our children for check-ups, we should also take our pets, which in many cases are our four-legged children. In the same way that children’s health trends and treatments are always changing, so are pets. One of the things we pet owners want to stay on top of is flea and tick control.

Fleas and ticks are nasty little critters. The amount of discomfort and even illness that can be caused by such tiny little things is really incredible. Fleas are exceptionally difficult to get rid of, because they have a very long life cycle. Ticks are dangerous to our pets as well. Since it’s so important to protect our pets (and our families) from these little insects, it’s important to have a good understanding of effective prevention. An internet search on Flea and Tick Prevention Dogs is not necessarily the best solution for you or your pet. With that in mind, there are a few things you should keep in mind when discussing flea and tick prevention on your next visit to the vet. Here are some of the questions you’ll want to ask.

What is new in flea and tick control?

I know there have been products over the years that we tried that just didn’t work. Yet, you might still see them out there on shelves in a store. Just like everything else, fighting fleas and ticks has evolved. Products developed with the latest research are more desirable because experts have learned more about fleas and ticks.

Should I use a prescription product or just get a product over-­‐the-­‐counter?

Your veterinarian can explain to you some of the differences so you can make an educated decision. For instance, prescription products have more in depth safety and efficacy study requirements for approval. BRAVECTO® (Fluralaner) Prescription Flea and Tick Control kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks. One major benefit of using BRAVECTO® is that it starts killing fleas within 2 hours and kills 100% of fleas within 12 hours of dosing. Inb fact, BRAVECTO is the only chew currently available that kills fleas for 12 weeks with just one dose.*

The most common adverse reactions recorded in clinical trials were vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, lethargy, polydipsia, and flatulence. BRAVECTO has not been shown to be effective for 12 weeks duration in puppies less than 6 months of age. BRAVECTO is not effective against lone star ticks beyond 8 weeks after dosing. Go to Bravecto.com for full prescribing information.


What product is best for my dog and my lifestyle?

Ever gone to a section of the grocery store and found yourself unsure of exactly which product you should pick? There are many products out there. They all work differently, and obviously to varying degrees of effectiveness. Size, weight and age may play a factor in the amount or frequency a product must be given. BRAVECTO® is approved only for dogs 6 months or older. This is because BRAVECTO® is prescribed based on weight. Puppies under 6 months of age grows rapidly and their weights change too much over the 12-­week treatment period. Be sure to describe your lifestyle and home to your veterinarian and ask which product will work best for your dog. A great benefit to using BRAVECTO® is that the dosage is one chew. One tasty BRAVECTO® chew kills fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks*. That’s nearly 3 times longer protection than a monthly treatment. That means it’s less for you to remember (or forget as the case may be), making it super convenient.

What should I expect from my flea and tick control?

Sometimes the things we can’t easily see can be the hardest to manage. You should know what it means if you see a flea from time to time. Ask your vet how to know if a product is working and what you should expect.


Be sure to take your dog to the vet for his check-up. While you’re there be sure to ask about BRAVECTO®, which is FDA approved, and is only available from your veterinarian or veterinary clinic. If you need to find a vet, use the vet locator to find the vet nearest you. You can learn more about on the BRAVECTO® website. You can also keep up with BRAVECTO® on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. You make a great point about standing at the store, not quite sure. It could be really troublesome to get it wrong.

  2. Thanks for the info! I usually just go with whatever the vet recommends because I don’t know much about the different options, so it’s helpful to learn more.

  3. Good thing we don’t have a dog in the house but we have a cat. My son loves his cat!

  4. What great tips! We were at the vet recently and I had no idea what to ask about our flea and tick treatments. I think knowing the difference between OTC and prescription is super important.

  5. I make sure we stay away from fleas and tick as well, it’s really not fun to have them around. I consult my vet about these as well, it’s good to be safe than sorry! We have our dog groomed on a regular basis too!

  6. We have two dogs and flea and tick medication is so important–I know this because both of them had cases of fleas and all I can say is –I will never forget to give them their medicines after those experiences! Definitely going to look into this!

  7. Such an important topic. We are heading to the woods next week, and I am already thinking about arming my pups from ticks. I’ll have to ask my vet about this one!

  8. Oh, I am not a dog owner but I have a friend who has a lot of dogs. I will share this to her.

  9. This is really interesting – I am never sure the best thing to use on my dog and what exactly everything does so confusing! Thank you for sharing.

  10. My daughter was just asking about what worked for fleas on dogs, because what she used isn’t working. I will have to tell her about Bravecto.

  11. I must say I cannot stand fleas, never dealt with ticks before but they seem even worse. I’m glad there’s a product like Bravecto that helps with this issue. I’ll be sure to ask the vet about this product. This post was very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is such a great post. Fleas and ticks are really bad news. Most people know that ticks can spread Lyme disease, but a lot of them don’t know that fleas carry worms!

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