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Bravecto vs Advantage II

Looking for the best flea and tick treatment for your dog? Bravecto Chewable Tablets and Advantage II for dogs are two of the most common options dog owners purchase. Each treatment option offers strengths and will ultimately help protect your furry friend from fleas and ticks. The table and additional information below will help you make an informed decision on which product to buy.

What are the differences between Bravecto and Advantage II

Bravecto is a chewable tablet that you give to your dog every 3 months. This is a huge convenience for many pet owners. Advantage II is a topical application that you have to apply once per month. However, puppies must be at least 6 months old before you can start them on Bravecto. You can administer Advantage II safely at 7 weeks old.

Advantage II uses Imidacloprid and Pyripoxyfen to begin killing fleas in 12 hours. Bravecto uses Fluralaner and begins to kill fleas in as little as 2 hours. Bravecto alos kills many types of ticks including the lone star tick for 8 weeks. Advantage II does also treat lice -- something that Bravecto doesn't treat.

Both products are safe for dogs when following directions. Bravecto is safe for breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs. Speak to your vet about the risks associated with Advantage II.

Advantage II can be purchased from over the counter -- meaning no prescription is needed. Bravecto will require a prescription from your vet before you can purchase. Your vet should be able to answer any questions related to side effects, precautions, or special care for your dog.

Final Thoughts on Bravecto vs Advantage II

Overall, Advantage II will cost you less than Bravecto but it won't cover ticks. For many, convenience is a factor that is worth paying for and Bravecto delivers with having to only administer once every 3 months. Regardless of the choice you make, your furry friend will find relief from flea bites and infestations.

If you still have questions on which oral flea and tick treatment is best for your furry friend, our pharmacists are standing by to offer pet parent consulting.

Feature Bravecto Advantage II
Kills Fleas Yes Yes
Repels Fleas No No
Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae Yes Yes
Kills Ticks Yes No
Repels Ticks No No
Repels Mosquitoes No No
Prevents Heartworm No No
Protects Against Other Parasites No Treats lice
Waterproof Yes - taken orally Yes
How Long to Work 2 hours to kill fleas and 12 hours to kill ticks Begins to kill fleas within 12 hours.
Taste Tasty flavor N/A
Active Ingredient Fluralaner Imidacloprid and Pyriproxyfen
RX Required Yes No
Application Type Chewable Tablet Topical
Dosing 1 tablet lasts up to 12 weeks 1 application per month
Age Dogs ages 6 months and up Dogs 7 weeks and older
Manufacturer Merck Animal Health Bayer Animal Health
Safety Breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs may use. Speak to your vet about risks associated with breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs.