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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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