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Bravecto is a chewable tablet used to prevent infestation of fleas, kill fleas and many types of ticks for 12 weeks. It kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks. Bravecto (fluralaner), is the longest lasting oral flea and tick medication approved by the FDA. 

What are Bravecto Chewable Tablets?

Bravecto is a veterinarian-recommended flea and tick treatment. Vets love and trust Bravecto for its safety, effectiveness, reliability, and proven results. It is safe for use in puppies and kittens (ages 6 months and up); pregnant, breeding, or lactating dogs; and dogs taking a number of other medications.  

Bravecto for Dogs comes in the form of a topical solution or a chewable tablet. Both products are reliable and safe formulas. Choosing between the topical solution and the chewables often comes down to pet parent preference. If you have a picky eater, you might appreciate the convenience of the topical solution. If you would prefer not to apply the solution to your dog, the chews are a great option. Both products protect against the same parasites for the same length of time. 

Bravecto is also available for Cats and comes in a topical solution. Bravecto for Cats should not be given to a pregnant, lactating, or breeding cat.

Frequently-Asked Pet Parent Questions About Bravecto:

Is Bravecto safe?

When used according to label directions, Bravecto is a safe and effective medication. Bravecto should only be administered to cats weighing at least 2.6 pounds and dogs weighing a minimum of 4.4 pounds. Puppies and kittens should be at least 6 months old.

Why is Bravecto prescription only?

Bravecto is a potent and effective medication, which is why it has been classified as prescription-only by the FDA. 

Does Bravecto really last 3 months?

Yes! Bravecto for dogs offers 12 weeks of lasting protection against black-legged, brown dog, and American dog ticks. Bravecto for cats defends against black-legged ticks for 12 weeks. It also kills fleas and protects against infestations for 12 weeks.

Why Do Vets Recommend Bravecto?

Veterinarians trust and recommend the highly effective and considerably safe formula of Bravecto. Veterinarians love how fast-acting and long-lasting Bravecto is – it kills 100% of attached ticks within just 12 hours, and it provides your dog with an impressive 12 weeks of continuous protection.

Does Bravecto kill deer ticks?

No. Bravecto for dogs is formulated to kill brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, and black-legged ticks for 12 weeks, and it kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks. Bravecto for cats kills black-legged ticks for 12 weeks and American dog ticks for 8 weeks. It also kills fleas.

Does Bravecto kill worms, intestinal worms, or bed bugs?

No. Bravecto is not formulated to kill worms or Cimicidae (bed bugs). It is not an intestinal parasite preventative.

Does Bravecto repel ticks?

No. Bravecto is formulated to kill ticks once they begin to feed on your pet, but it is not a tick repellent.

Can I get Bravecto without a prescription?

No. Bravecto is only available with a valid prescription from a licensed veterinarian.

Where Can I Buy Bravecto?

For the best price on Bravecto and all your other pet medications, supplements, and supplies, Allivet is your solution. Bravecto is only available through licensed and accredited pharmacies like Allivet, or from your veterinarian’s office.

What is the Active Ingredient of Bravecto?

Bravecto contains Fluralaner. This FDA-approved medication is a novel systemic acaricide and insecticide from the isoxazoline drug class. It works by inhibiting the glutamate-gated and GABA chloride channels in the parasite’s nervous system. 

Fluralaner is unique and selective in killing fleas and ticks. Many pesticides work by inhibiting channels that allow the nervous system to function properly. The insecticide’s effect on the nervous system channels causes paralysis and death in insects. Unfortunately, some insecticides are not specific and will also alffect the nervous systems of dogs and cats.

The good news is some of the channels in insects’ nervous systems are totally different than the channels in pets’ nervous systems. Unlike other insecticides, fluralaner only blocks the type of nervous system channel that insects have. At label doses, Fluralaner has no effect on dogs and cats while causing paralysis and death in fleas and ticks.

Studies in dogs show a fluralaner dose more than 5× the maximum recommended oral clinical dose was well tolerated and did not cause adverse reactions in dogs.

Many pets are receiving a heartworm preventative in addition to oral flea and tick control medications. Studies in dogs also show that concurrent treatment with the most commonly used heartworm and parasite preventatives was also well tolerated and did not lead to adverse reactions in the treated dogs.

Fluralaner is a part of the isoxazoline class of pesticides. There are other pesticides in this class. How long Fluralaner remains effective in killing fleas and ticks makes it stand out among the other products in the isoxazoline class. Fluralaner offers a duration of activity following a single dose that is nearly three times longer compared with the other isoxazoline products. 

How Does Bravecto Work?

After your dog takes Bravecto, it makes its way to tissue fluid under your pet’s skin. When a tick or flea decides to feed on your pet, they ingest the medication. Bravecto kills parasites after the flea or tick ingests it.  

Bravecto works quickly and begins killing fleas within 2 hours, and ticks within 12 hours. Bravecto Topical for Dogs works to kill all fleas within 1 to 2 days, lone star ticks after 3 days, and other ticks (black-legged, American dog, and brown dog) within 2 days. 

Frequently-Asked Pet Parent Questions About How Bravecto Works:

Can my dog still get fleas with Bravecto?

Because Bravecto is not a flea repellent, your pet can still become re-infested by fleas in their environment.

How Quickly Does Bravecto Work?

Bravecto begins killing fleas within just two hours, and it starts killing ticks within twelve hours. Fast-acting and incredibly effective, this treatment option is a great choice to provide your pet with much-needed relief from parasite infestations

How long does it take for Bravecto to work for mange?

Bravecto is not formulated to treat mange.

Will Bravecto kill fleas or ticks that are already on my pet?

Yes, Bravecto is effective against existing infestations.

Do dogs like the taste of Bravecto chews?

Field studies have shown that more than 93% of dogs consumed the chew alone or when combined with food.

Does Bravecto contain any gluten or wheat?

Bravecto is wheat-free and gluten-free.

Will Bravecto kill fleas in the house?

No. Bravecto is not formulated to repel fleas. Once the parasites make their way to your pet, Bravecto will go to work killing those fleas. However, treating your pet’s indoor and outdoor environments with an EPA-registered product is an essential part of a comprehensive parasite control plan. Between Bravecto and the right indoor and outdoor flea treatments, your pet will be protected and flea-free.

Does Bravecto kill flea eggs?

While Bravecto does not kill the egg itself, it does kill newly-emerged fleas and adult fleas. With its lasting, 3-month protection, Bravecto is effective in ending the flea life cycle.

If my dog has long hair, gets groomed, or gets wet right after treatment with Bravecto chews, will it have any effect on the medication’s ability to treat parasites?

No! Bravecto chews are not applied topically, which means that after giving your dog his or her dose, your pup can resume life as usual.

How is Bravecto Given?

Your veterinarian will determine and prescribe the correct dosage for your pet. If you have a cat, your vet will write a prescription for Bravecto topical for cats based on the cat’s weight. There are 3 different weight-based dosage options. If you have a dog, your veterinarian will give you a prescription for either Bravecto chews or Bravecto topical. Each dog formula comes in 5 different weight-based dosages.

Frequently-Asked Pet Parent Questions About How Bravecto is Given:

What are the dosing recommendations for Bravecto?

Formulated for use in dogs, Bravecto chews come in 5 different dosages, based upon your dog’s weight. Whether you have a puppy (6 months old and up), small dog, medium dog, or large-breed dog, there is a Bravecto product made just for your dog.

Bravecto Chews for Dogs:

  • Yellow - 4.4 to 9.9 pounds, 112.5mg
  • Orange - 9.9 to 22 pounds, 225mg
  • Green - 22 to 44 pounds, 500mg
  • Blue - 44 to 88 pounds, 1000mg
  • Pink - 88 to 123 pounds, 1400mg

Bravecto Topical Solution for Dogs:

  • Yellow - 4.4 to 9.9 pounds, 112.5mg
  • Orange - 9.9 to 22 pounds, 225mg
  • Green - 22 to 44 pounds, 500mg
  • Blue - 44 to 88 pounds, 1000mg
  • Pink - 88 to 123 pounds, 1400mg

Bravecto Topical Solution for Cats:

  • Green - 2.6 to 6.2 pounds, 112.5mg
  • Blue - 6.2 to 13.8 pounds, 250mg
  • Purple - 13.8 to 27.5 pounds, 500mg

Can I split Bravecto in half?

If you are splitting Bravecto in half or crumbling it over your dog’s food, just make sure that your pup consumes the full dose. Never administer a half dose or attempt to treat multiple pets by splitting a single dose in half. This can result in inaccurate dosing. 

How should Bravecto topical be applied to dogs?

Bravecto should be applied to one or many spots along your pup’s back. Start between your dog’s shoulder blades, then work your way back.

Are Bravecto chews available in a cat formula?

No. Currently, the only Bravecto product formulated for use in cats is the topical solution.

How Much Does Bravecto Cost?

The cost of Bravecto will depend on the product you choose (chews, topical solution for dogs, or topical solution for cats). It will also vary based on the size of your pet and the month supply you decide to purchase. With these considerations in mind, you’re probably wondering where to find the best price on your pet’s Bravecto prescription. Look no further than Allivet! 

Many pet parents are unaware that they can purchase their pet’s prescriptions outside of the vet’s office. To get the best prices on all your pet’s prescriptions, come to Allivet! We’ll just ask for some information about your pet and your veterinarian, verify the prescription, and ship the medication(s) right to your door at the most affordable prices you’ll find anywhere!  

Why is Bravecto so Expensive?

At a glance, Bravecto might appear more expensive than competing flea and tick medications. However, many of the competitors provide only 1 month of protection, which multiplies the cost of those medications significantly. When you consider the frequency, potency, reliability, and safety of Bravecto, the cost is actually quite comparable to other flea and tick treatments.

What Are the Side Effects of Bravecto?

As mentioned above, Bravecto is considered safe when administered in keeping with the product label. It demonstrates a wide safety margin. Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s health and consider his or her history and lifestyle before prescribing Bravecto. Be sure to let your vet know if you have any questions or concerns about potential side effects. 

While Bravecto products are typically well-tolerated, there are a few potential side effects associated with each formula.

    Bravecto Chews:
    • Vomiting
    • Excessive thirst
    • Lethargy
    • Flatulence
    • Inappetence
    • Diarrhea
Bravecto Topical for Dogs:
  • Rash
  • Moist dermatitis
  • Inappetence
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of hair
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

Frequently-Asked Pet Parent Questions About the Side Effects of Bravecto:

What is a Bravecto detox?

Detox is a word that has grown in popularity in recent years. While it might sound like a good idea to detoxify your pet after administering Bravecto or any other medication, the risks and benefits of such practices are unclear. A detox is, therefore, not recommended. Bravecto stays in your pet’s system for 3 months. There is no proven way to shorten this time frame.

How long do the side effects of Bravecto last?

Most of the side effects associated with Bravecto are transient, lasting only a day or two following treatment. If you are concerned that your pet is experiencing a more serious or long-term side effect, contact your veterinarian.

Is Bravecto harmful to dogs?

Bravecto is considered safe when used as directed. Pets with a known neurological condition or a history of seizures should not take Bravecto. Bravecto demonstrates a very high margin of safety.

Is itching a potential side effect of Bravecto?

Like any topical product, Bravecto topical solutions can cause itching in sensitive pets. This side effect typically resolves itself without treatment or intervention of any kind.

Has Bravecto killed dogs?

Allegations have been made that some dogs have died after treatment with Bravecto. These suspected Bravecto-related deaths have not been substantiated. For most pets, the risk of side effects of any kind are incredibly low.

Is Bravecto safe to administer to a collie?

Yes! Laboratory studies have been conducted, which demonstrated that even collies deficient in the MDR-1 gene tolerated Bravecto well. They experienced no side effects, even when administered 3 times the recommended dosage.

Is it okay if my dog receives treatment sooner than every 12 weeks?

While no adverse reactions have been reported in dogs treated with even 5 times the recommended dosage every 8 weeks, it is prudent to contact your veterinarian to confirm that your dog is not at risk of any complications. Bravecto should not be intentionally administered in excess of the recommended dosage.

My dog vomited after consuming his or her Bravecto chew. What should I do next?

While Merck, the makers of Bravecto, recommend that your dog be re-treated 24 hours later if they vomit within 3 hours of Bravecto administration, you should always contact your veterinarian to confirm that re-treatment is safe for your dog. If he or she vomits 4 or more hours after treatment, the medication is well-absorbed and re-treatment should not be considered.

Are seizures or neurological problems potential side effects of Bravecto?

In very rare cases, seizures have been reported in pets treated with Bravecto. If your pet has a known neurological condition or has experienced seizures in the past, he or she should not be treated with Bravecto. However, seizures have also occurred in pets with no known neurological conditions. Again, this is a very infrequently-reported reaction.

How Does Bravecto Compare to Other Flea & Tick Treatments?

Pet parents often wonder how Bravecto is different from other types of flea and tick treatment. Specifically, veterinarians are frequently asked to compare Bravecto with Nexgard. While these two medications may seem similar at a glance, they are actually quite different. Their active ingredients belong to the same drug class, and they both protect against the same parasites. One of the most notable differences is that Bravecto is administered every 3 months, while Nexgard is administered monthly. 

For more information on how Bravecto compares to other topical or chewable treatments, including Advantage Multi, Capstar, Heartgard, Revolution, and many other top products, be sure to check out our Bravecto comparisons:

What Other Parasite Treatments Should I Use?

Treating your pet’s indoor and outdoor environment is an important part of preventing re-infestation. Choose from products made to treat carpet, grass, and more.

Be sure your pet is up-to-date on his or her heartworm preventative. Whether you have a dog or a cat, heartworm prevention is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and protected. To treat internal worms and parasites, it’s important to find the right dewormer for your cat or dog.

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