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How Does Bravecto Work?

 by ben on 30 Jan 2019 |
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Available in a tasty chew, Bravecto provides long-lastingrelief from fleas and ticks. The secret lies in its active ingredient Fluralaner, which provides almost immediate and safe protection from biting pests.

The first flea and tick treatment of its kind, Bravecto packs a powerful punch into each tiny tablet. The secret to its long-lasting formula lies in the active ingredient Fluralaner, which protects your dog or cat from biting parasites for up to three months with each chewable treat.

An insecticide and acaricide that attacks the nervous system of fleas and ticks, Fluralaner is the FDA-approved ingredient that gives Bravecto its almost immediate efficacy in the fight against biting pests. It starts to work almost immediately after ingestion by entering the fluids under your pet’s skin, where Fluralanerattacks fleas and ticks as they bite. This disrupts particular pathways in the invertebrates’ nervous systems, resulting in seizures that are fatal to fleas and ticks, but, because Fluralaner is more effective on invertebrates than mammals, it is safe for your companion.

Fluralaner’s effectiveness comes from its ability to disrupt two major system in fleas’ and ticks’ bodies. The first are gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA-gated, channels, which play a role in dampening nerve transmissions and cause an overall relaxing effect in the body. Fluralaner disrupts this process, creating massive waves of nerve transmissions that cause uncontrollable seizures and ultimately fatal effects in fleas and ticks. This works in concert with Fluralaner’s effect on glutamate-gated channels, which help nerves send signals to other cells. Fluralaner opens these channels to increase nerve impulse transmissions, intensifying seizure activity and Bravecto’s effectiveness in the fight against fleas and ticks.

Fluralaner has been proven to start killing fleas within two hours of ingestion. After entering the fluids under your dog or cat’s skin, its long-lasting formula continues to work for up to 12 weeks, preventing future outbreaks. Bravecto also kills and controls four species of ticks, protecting your pet from diseases including Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Fluralaner is more effective on invertebrates than mammals, making its powerful in the fight against biting parasites, but safe for pets to ingest. When undergoing field studies, the tablet was found free from life-threatening and other serious side-effects, though the most common side effects included diarrhea, flatulence, increased thirst and loss of appetite.

The FDA approved Bravecto and dogs as young as six months or as small as 4.4 pounds are safe for treatment, which is available in five different strengths for pets of every size. However, it’s important to tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever been diagnosed with a seizure disorder or experienced seizures. Because it is available in an easy-to-administer chewable treat and requires only four doses per year, Bravecto is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect pets from biting pests.


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