Frequently asked questions
Q. Where can I buy Bravecto?
Bravecto is available from your veterinarian. Veterinarians are experts in pet health and can advise on the best and most appropriate treatments for your dog.
Q. What should Bravecto chewable tablets look like when they come out of the package?
Bravecto is a light to dark brown tablet with a smooth or slightly rough surface and circular shape. Some marbling, speckles or both may be visible.
Q. When is it safe to pet my dog after administering Bravecto?
There is no reason to stop touching your dog when treating with Bravecto.
Q. Can I use Bravecto all year-round?
Yes, it is safe to use Bravecto all year-round. Fleas can be a year-round problem indoors and outdoors. Applying Bravecto every 3 months ensures your dog will be protected from fleas throughout the year.
Q. My dog is taking some medications for another condition as well right now. Is it safe to give Bravecto?
It is always best to discuss all of your dog’s treatments with your veterinarian as they are your pet’s health care expert.
Q. What pack sizes does Bravecto come in?
Bravecto is available in single dose packs for dogs ranging from 2–56kg. One dose provides 3 months protection against fleas and 4 months protection against paralysis ticks.
Q. How does Bravecto kill fleas and ticks?
After you give your dog Bravecto, it quickly reaches tissue fluids just under your dog’s skin. When fleas and ticks feed, they take in Bravecto and die. Bravecto starts to kill fleas after 2 hours and provides effective control within 8 hours for fleas and within 24 hours of attachment for ticks. Bravecto controls flea infestations for 3 months and paralysis ticks for 4 months.
Q. Can I give Bravecto to my cat?
No. Bravecto is not approved for use in cats.
Q. How palatable is Bravecto?
In a study which included 144 healthy dogs, 91.7% of dogs ate the tablet voluntarily.
Q. Is Bravecto waterproof? Can my dog swim after I give him Bravecto? Can I shampoo my dog? Do I need to bathe my dog before treatment? Does Bravecto work differently on long and short haired pets? Can I brush my dog after administering Bravecto?
Bathing, shampooing or swimming should not affect how well Bravecto works. Coat length and grooming or brushing also have no impact on how well it works.
Q. What time of day should I give my dog Bravecto?
Bravecto can be given to your dog any time of the day; however it is recommended that you administer Bravecto at or around time of feeding.
Q. Will Bravecto kill ticks and fleas that are already on my dog?
Q. Does Bravecto kill fleas before they can lay eggs?
Yes. Bravecto kills newly emerged fleas before they lay eggs and breaks the flea life cycle.
Q. Can dead and attached ticks be found on treated dogs?
Yes. Due to the way Bravecto works, dead attached ticks can be still seen on animals following treatment. Dead ticks can be easily removed as opposed to live ticks which take some force to dislodge from the skin of the animals.
Q. Is it necessary to use additional insecticides to control flea stages in the environment?
No. Bravecto kills fleas and prevents flea infestations for 3 months, a time period that covers the entire flea life cycle. Bravecto also kills newly emerged fleas before they can lay eggs. Therefore it is not necessary to use additional insecticides to control flea stages in the environment.
Q. When should I start treating my dog for fleas?
Bravecto can be administered as early as 8 weeks of age. Dogs should weigh at least 2 kg. There are very few places in the world where there are no fleas. In warmer climates, fleas are present all year round while in more temperate climates fleas are present mainly from late spring through to late autumn, and even longer thanks to central heating. To be on the safe side Bravecto should be administered every 3 months all year round to avoid giving flea populations a chance to build up in your home.
Q. Is there any difference in efficacy if a dog chews the tablet, or swallows without chewing?
No, a study was conducted which revealed no statistically significant difference between dogs that were pilled and dogs that were allowed to chew the tablet.
Q. Why does my dog scratch even more on the first day of Bravecto treatment?
When fleas are in the process of dying their movements become uncoordinated. This may cause a skin sensation which can result in increased scratching of the dog. However, this phenomenon is quickly resolved once the fleas are dead (Bravecto provides effective control within 8 hours for fleas).
Q. Why do I see more fleas after I have administered Bravecto?
Fleas can continually re-infest treated dogs – either from juvenile flea life stages that have just matured to adults in the household or from fleas that jump onto the dog when outside or visiting other homes. Bravecto will quickly kill these fleas. Also, as fleas die, they can move from the skin surface where they feed, to the tips of the hairs in the coat, making them more visible to the human eye.
Q. Why can I still see fleas after I have treated my dog with Bravecto?
The fleas you see on your pet are fleas which have newly emerged from their cocoons in the home or outdoor environment and jumped on your dog. These fleas will die quickly. This is because only a small percentage of the flea population is on your dog. Most of the flea population exists as immature stages (eggs, larvae and pupae) in your dog’s surroundings. It takes some time to clean out a flea population in the house. To help speed this process up, you should clean your house thoroughly (for example, by washing your dog’s bedding and thorough vacuuming their favorite spots in the house) to help reduce the number of immature fleas in carpets, cracks and crevices. In case of a serious infestation, it may take some time to control the infestation. But any fleas you see on your dog a few days to weeks after treatment probably represent re-infestation from fleas emerging from cocoons in the environment. Bravecto’s flea protection last for 3 months – during this period, there is no need to re-treat your dog.
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