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Bravecto vs Frontline Plus

Choosing the best flea and tick treatment for your dog or cat can be tiring. Luckily, Allivet has all the top recommended choices from vets. One of the primary differentiators between Bravecto and Frontline topical treatment vs chewable tablet. The information below will help you make the right choice for your furry friend.

What are the differences between Bravecto and Frontline Plus

The biggest difference between Bravecto and Frontline Plus is that Bravecto is a chewable tablet that you administer to your dog every 12 weeks whereas Frontline Plus is a topical treatment that you need to administer monthly for continued treatment. Dogs must be at least 6 months old before you can start them on Bravecto. You can begin to administer Frontline plus when puppies are 8 weeks or older.

Fluralaner, the primary pesticide in Bravecto, begins to kill fleas in 2 hours. Frontline Plus is a combination of s Methoprene and Fipronil. The Fipronil kills fleas but does not kill flea eggs and larva nor does Fipronil repel fleas. Fleas jump on the pet and die instead of jumping on and then jumping off. Frontline takes 12 hours to begin to kill fleas. Frontline also repels fleas which is helpful if you still have a flea infestation in your yard. Regardless of treatment options, we do recommend that you treat all areas of your yard and house at the same time as administering either Bravecto or Frontline Plus.

Both products are safe for dogs when following directions and can be used in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs.

Frontline Plus is available for both cats and dogs. Bravecto is available as a topical treatment for cats - which provides an added benefit of being able to repel fleas and ticks.

Bravecto requires a prescription from your vet before you can purchase. Frontline Plus can be purchased over the counter without a prescription. As always, you should consult with your vet before administering any new medication to understand potential side effects and the needs of your dog or cat.

Final Thoughts on Bravecto vs Frontline Plus

Frontline Plus is less expensive and is readily available as you won't need a vet prescription to purchase. Bravecto, while a little more expensive, does provide convenience in a chewable tablet that you administer once every 12 weeks compared to a monthly topical treatment that you have to wait to dry once applied. Regardless of your choice, your furry friend will be protected from fleas and ticks, and that is what really matters.

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 Frontline Plus
Kills Fleas Yes Yes
Repels Fleas No No
Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae Yes Yes
Kills Ticks Yes Yes
Repels Ticks No No
Repels Mosquitoes No Yes
Prevents Heartworm No No
Protects Against Other Parasites No Treats lice
Waterproof Yes - taken orally Water Resistant
How Long to Work 2 hours to kill fleas and 12 hours to kill ticks 12 hours to kill fleas and 48 hours to kill ticks
Taste Tasty flavor N/A
Active Ingredient Fluralaner Fipronil and (S)-Methoprene
RX Required Yes No
Application Type Chewable Tablet Topical
Dosing 1 tablet lasts up to 12 weeks 1 topical application per month
Age Dogs ages 6 months and up Dogs 8 weeks and older
Manufacturer Merck Animal Health Boehringer Ingelheim
Safety Breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs may use. Breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs may use.