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Nexgard Chewables is an oral medication that was developed by the same company that produced the very popular Frontline collection of flea and tick control products. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in dogs that are over 8 weeks of age and that weigh 8 pounds or more, the medication is only sold with a veterinarian’s prescription. The chewable tablets have a beef flavor and work to control fleas, deer ticks, lone star ticks and American dog ticks with the drug Afoxolaner. When fleas and ticks bite dogs, the medication interferes with nervous system function, causing their death. Within 24 hours of administration, the drug can kill all fleas and susceptible ticks on a dog’s body and then keep them free of the pests for up to 30 days.
Keeping your pet free of fleas and ticks is important in preserving their health and preventing them from contracting tick related diseases. Nexgard Chewables come with a variety of associated benefits that have propelled it to the top of tick and flea infestation prevention medications for dogs’ list.
What is Nexgard Chewables?
This is a new FDA approved and highly effective oral medication that is beef flavored for easy and convenient administration. This medication is made for use on dogs only. The main benefits of using Nexgard Chewables include the fact that you get to use it without any contradictions or discontinuation of any heartworm medication your pet may be on. This flea and tick preventative medication is also great as you can now do away with the application of messy traditional topical medications. To keep flea and tick infestations at bay, the active ingredient in the medication usually remains active in the pet’s bloodstream up to a month after administration.
Nexgard Chewables are available from pharmacies but require a prescription issued by a veterinary doctor.
Directions for Use
This medication is administered orally and begins to work just a short period afterwards. The active ingredient, Afoxolaner has not been used in any other similar medication; it is absorbed into the bloodstream after ingestion very fast, after which it stays in the blood stream for up to a month helping kill ticks and fleas effectively throughout this period. The medication works by exciting the parasite’s nervous system causing uncontrolled activity, which leads to subsequent death. The active ingredient is then slowly removed from the pet’s blood stream during this 30 day period. This medication should be used on puppies that are 8 weeks or older, with the weight requirement at 4 pounds.
What to Remember
This medication should only be used on dogs only. It is important to ensure that you follow the directions for use as clarified by the pharmacists or veterinary doctor to ensure that the medication works effectively. Since one of the stated side effects with first-time use is vomiting, make sure that you administer another dose immediately if your pet vomits within the first two hours of the initial ingestion. If you forget a dose, administer it when you remember to continue providing the necessary protection against ticks and fleas.
Among the reported side effects of using this medication include vomiting as indicated above, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy and dry or flaky skin. It is also important to ensure that the effect of the drugs on pregnant or lactating pets has not been adequately investigated. Make sure that the medication is stored away from pets and children at a temperature of 30 degrees and below.
You can now rest assured that your pet is safe from fleas and ticks by adhering to the recommended dosing schedule.
The first flea and tick killer in a beef-flavored chew.
NexGard for dogs kills adult fleas before they lay eggs, and kills ticks, too. All in a delicious, soft chew that dogs love.
NexGard is for use in dogs only.