Many of us at Merck Animal Health are pet owners. The science of healthier animals drives everything we do – helping to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet is our top priority.
We know how important it is to make sure you have accurate information about our products in order to feel comfortable and confident about the medications you are giving to your pet. We encourage you to speak with your veterinarian to discuss what’s best for you. This site is dedicated to giving you the facts about BRAVECTO®, our flea and tick medication.
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Setting the Record Straight
We know that protecting your pet’s health can be emotional. After all, many of us at Merck Animal Health have our own fur babies who are true members of our families. However, don’t let hearsay, conjecture and opinion be a substitute for truth — get the facts and discuss your questions with your trusted veterinary professional.
It’s easy to find all sorts of information about veterinary medicines across the internet — especially on social media. Unfortunately, much of the information shared on social media is simply inaccurate. You deserve the facts — the complete facts — on BRAVECTO®. If you would like more information please consult a trusted veterinary professional, or visit us.bravecto.com.
BRAVECTO® DOESN’T WORK
More than 170 clinical trials prove that BRAVECTO® is safe and effective against the most common fleas and ticks. It works quickly too, killing these parasites within hours.
SIDE EFFECTS FROM TAKING BRAVECTO® CAN SHOW UP LONG AFTER THE DOSE
Following the approval of an animal health drug, companies are required to continue monitoring the drug to ensure the safety and efficacy through an objective, science-based lens. Throughout the monitoring process, we report adverse effects to the appropriate governing body as required by law. This monitoring and scientific assessment continue to support BRAVECTO® safety. Since BRAVECTO® was approved in 2014, more than 175 million doses have been distributed around the world, which reflects the trust and confidence of both pet owners and vets. There is no question in our confidence in the safety and efficacy profile of BRAVECTO®.
NEGATIVE INCIDENTS USING BRAVECTO® ARE INCREASING
This is simply not the case. Based on the most recent Periodic Safety Update Report (PSUR), which was assessed by the European Medicines Agency (the EU equivalent to the FDA), the incidence of all adverse events remains categorized as “rare.” That means adverse events are occurring in between 1/10,000 (0.01%) and 1/1,000 (0.1%). The most common reported events are mild and transient gastrointestinal upset, which are noted on the product label. An adverse event report also does not mean causation.
In today’s digital age, social media can present a misleading picture. We recommend you consult your veterinarian to gain the fullest, most accurate picture of your pet’s health and ask them about BRAVECTO®.
HOLISTIC MEDICINE PROVIDES A MORE EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO FLEA AND TICK MEDICATION
Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance, they also pose significant health risks, as they can transmit diseases (including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Bartonellosis and others).
Alternative methods for treating fleas and ticks are available. However, unlike holistic treatments, BRAVECTO® has undergone the stringent testing and trials needed for regulatory approvals, and is monitored by regulatory agencies across the globe.
For any questions or concerns please contact the Merck Animal Health Companion Animal Technical Services and Pharmacovigilance Team:
800-224-5318 ~ 9 AM to 7 PM EST
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BRAVECTO kills fleas and prevents flea infestations. BRAVECTO (fluralaner) Chews for Dogs kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, brown dog tick, and Asian longhorned tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO Chews also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks. BRAVECTO (fluralaner topical solution) for Dogs kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Dogs also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks. BRAVECTO (fluralaner topical solution) for Cats kills ticks (black-legged tick and Asian longhorned tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Cats also kills American dog ticks for 8 weeks.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:
BRAVECTO 1-MONTH Chews: indicated for dogs 8 weeks of age and older. The most commonly reported adverse reactions include itching, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, elevated ALT, lethargy, and weight loss. BRAVECTO 1-MONTH is not effective against A. americanum in puppies less than 6 months of age. BRAVECTO Chews for Dogs: The most commonly reported adverse reactions include vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, anorexia and pruritus. In some cases, adverse events have been reported following use in breeding females. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Dogs: The most commonly reported adverse reactions include vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, lethargy, decreased appetite, and moist dermatitis/rash. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Cats: The most commonly reported adverse reactions include vomiting, itching, diarrhea, hair loss, decreased appetite, lethargy, and scabs/ulcerated lesions. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Cats is not effective against American dog ticks beyond 8 weeks of dosing. BRAVECTO PLUS Topical Solution for Cats: The most commonly reported adverse reactions include vomiting, hair loss, itching, diarrhea, lethargy, dry skin, elevated ALT, and hypersalivation. BRAVECTO PLUS has not been shown to be effective for 2 months in kittens less than 6 months of age. Use with caution in cats that are heartworm positive. The effectiveness of BRAVECTO PLUS to prevent heartworm disease after bathing or water immersion has not been evaluated.
BRAVECTO has not been shown to be effective for 12-weeks’ duration in puppies or kittens less than 6 months of age. BRAVECTO Chews and Topical Solution for dogs is not effective against the lone star tick beyond 8 weeks of dosing. BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Dogs and Cats and BRAVECTO PLUS for cats are for topical use only. Avoid oral ingestion. The safety of BRAVECTO Topical Solution for Cats and BRAVECTO PLUS has not been established in breeding, pregnant, and lactating cats.
All BRAVECTO products contain fluralaner, which is a member of the isoxazoline class. This class has been associated with neurologic adverse reactions including tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Seizures have been reported in dogs receiving isoxazoline class drugs, even in dogs without a history of seizures. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures or neurologic disorders. Neurologic adverse reactions have been reported in cats receiving isoxazoline class drugs, even in cats without a history of neurologic disorders. Use with caution in cats with a history of neurologic disorders.