A Brave New World in Flea and Tick Prevention

Sept_iStock_000002937031_MediumThere are many concerns for our pets that lurk outside of our doors. Among them are fleas and ticks –  two of the top causes for disease in our dogs and cats.

Fleas are not only annoying, but they are the top cause of skin disease in our pets. They can also transmit blood parasites and even tapeworms. Ticks, besides being nasty, transmit a host of blood borne pathogens such as Lyme disease.

Thankfully, every-day veterinary medicine is becoming better and better at preventing the transmission of these diseases and stopping fleas and ticks in their tracks.

The History of Flea and Tick Prevention

Historically, flea and tick infestations were only addressed once an infestation had occurred. Products like flea dips, collars, powders, and the like were better than nothing, but they were not terribly effective.

Over the years, preventatives have been developed that target the flea and tick life cycle in order to effectively prevent infestations when used regularly. Some are oral, others topical, and, even more recently some long-acting collars have been introduced to the market. All of these products have pros and cons and no one selection is best for every pet.

However, a new option has recently entered the pet parasite prevention market, and it’s worthy of your attention.

A New Option for Flea and Tick Prevention

Until this year, pet owners who chose to use an oral parasite preventative did not have any protection against ticks. However, ticks are a huge concern here on the East coast, and ideally all pets should be protected… Enter Bravecto.

Bravecto is the first chewable product to offer flea and tick preventative for dogs for an entire 12 weeks. Advantages of the product include:

  • Safe for all dogs, including those that are pregnant or nursing puppies
  • Easy to administer – most dogs enjoy taking it
  • Decreases the opportunity for missed doses
  • Works quickly to begin killing parasites

Bravecto kills adult fleas and controls tick infestations involving the black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick. Bravecto can also kill the Lonestar tick for up to 8 weeks.

Unlike many other preventions, you only need to administer Bravecto once every 3 months, and you can even sign up for convenient e-mail reminders to make your life a little easier and your memory a little better.

If you would like to learn more about what parasite preventative options are best for your pet, or would like to learn more about Bravecto, please let us know. We are happy to help you make the best decisions for your four-legged family.