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Vectra 3D - Bravecto Topical for Dogs
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Bravecto Topical for Dogs
Vectra 3D
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas checkmark checkmark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae Bravecto also kills newly emerged fleas before they can lay eggs. Prevents all flea stages (eggs, pupae, larvae, and adult fleas) from developing.
Kills Ticks checkmark checkmark
Repels Ticks checkmark checkmark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes X mark checkmark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information N/A Also kills biting and sand flies, live and mites for one month
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) Remains effective against fleas and Ixodes ricinus ticks following bathing or swimming (if dog hasn't bathed or swam less than 72 hours after application). checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Safe for use in breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs. X mark
How long does it take to work Starts to kill fleas in 2 hours. Starts to reduce flea feeding in just 5 minutes
Taste Applied to Skin Topical
Active Ingredient(s) Fluralaner Dinotefuran, Pyriproxyfen, Permethrin
RX Required checkmark X mark
Dosage
Usage Bravecto Topical for Dogs Usage Vectra 3D Usage
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Vet Review The makers of the flea and tick preventative oral tablet Bravecto have come up with a new formulation to use topically. With the same main ingredient, Fluralaner, which selectively affects the nervous systems of fleas and ticks, the topical formulation continues to provide reliable protection with the ease of once every 3-month application. Even after bathing or swimming the product remains effective BOTH as a repellent and rapid killer of most stages of the flea life cycle, as well as the additional benefits of killing and repelling ticks. The topical formulation gets around the occasional digestive upset seen with the oral formulation. Rare side effects include itching/irritation at the site of application and even rarer neurological reactions. However, overall the product is quite effective with an overall rating of 4.5 with ease of application of 5. For clients that prefer an outstanding topical medication that has thus far had an excellent record of efficacy against both fleas and ticks. This product includes 3 very powerful and synergistic flea/tick pesticides that work in slightly different ways, with one preventing development of flea eggs and larvae, while another ingredient quickly kills; killing probably the fastest of any products on the market, starting to act within 5 minutes. Ticks will take somewhat longer, but within 2 days most ticks are killed. The addition of the permethrin ingredient does add the benefit of this product in BOTH repelling and killing ticks, , as well as the additional benefit of killing and repelling mosquitoes, the main vectors of heartworm disease in dogs and cats. As with other topicals, occasionally pets will develop an irritation or sensitivity at the sight of application, with some pets being occasionally restless, agitated, or fidgety. On rare occasions vomiting and/or diarrhea may be seen but this has not been much of a problem in clinical practice, where most pets seem to tolerate the product quite well. While the trio of main ingredients in this product seem to provide additional efficacy and coverage of various stages of the external parasites, including the benefit of repelling them, I am always a bit cautious about combination products like this, which rarely may lead to unknown chronic side effects that we are not yet aware of. With that consideration, this product is still an excellent and effective choice. I give this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5.
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