Having a dog means having to possibly deal with fleas and ticks at some point in time. These pesky critters can cause loads of problems, not only to your fur baby but to you as well. Hence, it becomes very essential to get rid of them as soon as possible, before they infest your entire home. Many dog parents opt for chews because of the simple reason that chews are very easy to administer. And of course, they do a pretty good job of eliminating and preventing fleas and ticks. Chews like Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica are the most commonly used ones, but then; are they safe to use?
Let’s find out!
Chews are arguably the easiest way to get rid of parasites and at the same time prevent re-infestations in your canine friend. But the question arises – ARE THEY SAFE? The answer is not that simple. Hence, let us delve deeper into this.
Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica are all Isoxazoline products. It means they all contain pesticides of a new chemical class that effectively helps in destroying fleas and ticks. While this is great news, these products come with the danger of many minor as well as major life-threatening side effects. The possible side effects of these chews are as follows:-
- Abnormal Blood Cell Count
- Appetite Loss
- Dry, Flaky Skin
- Elevated Blood Urea Nitrogen
- Excessive Urination
- Hair Loss
- Kidney or Liver Damage
- Skin Irritation
The above list looks pretty long and scary, but most of them are minor side effects, and the good thing is; they very rarely occur.Many recent reports have suggested that these chews can be risky to opt for, but in truth; they are extremely safe, provided you use it the correct way.
Using Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica the Right Way
Before you opt for (the easiest method of treating fleas and ticks) Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica; keep these things in mind.
- Always consult a veterinarian before choosing any treatment products.
- Puppies below a certain age (differs from product to product) should not be given these chews. Hence, read the product label very carefully before administering.
- Dogs with a history of seizures, allergies, etc should not be given such products.
- Never feed your canine these chews if they are expired.
- Never ever skip a dose. It could be harmful.
In short, chews are very good for your pal and are known to be extremely effective. But make sure you feed the chews to your pal; the right way. Be alert, be safe!