Bravecto - a modern drug against fleas and ticks, designed specifically for cats. An effective medication is simple and easy to use. It is able to provide reliable and long-term protection against ectoparasites, subject to simple application rules. It is produced in several volumes, so it is easy to choose the best option for pets of different breeds and sizes.
For cats, Bravecto is available in the form of drops intended for external use. The medicine is produced in 3 versions:
- for small breeds - 0.4 ml;
- for medium breeds - 0.89 ml;
- for large breeds - 1.79 ml.
Drops differ in the content of the active substance - 112.5 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg, respectively. An externally clear solution is usually colorless, although a yellowish tinge may sometimes be present. A specific odor is acceptable.
The drug solution is packaged in a laminated disposable pipette, which is closed with twisting caps. Additionally, pipettes are packed in cardboard boxes of 1 or 2 pieces.
There are no special requirements for the storage of the drug, it is enough to follow a few simple rules. Choose a place to store that is inaccessible to sunlight and children, and make sure that the air temperature is between 2 and 30˚C. It is impossible to freeze the solution in pipettes.
Note! Bravecto is made in the form of tablets, but this dosage form is usually not used for cats, since the drug was not tested on them, and the instructions do not indicate the dosage.
The main active ingredient in Bravecto is fluralaner. The substance has pronounced acaricidal (destroys ticks) and insecticidal properties (stops the activity of fleas, lice-eaters and other insects parasitizing animals). It has a strong effect on the arthropod nervous system.
After use, the active substance accumulates in the coat and epidermis. Then, fluralaner penetrates the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body. Due to this, the effectiveness of the drug is achieved. It affects parasites not only at the places of application, but also the entire area of the coat.
The active substance is removed from the body slowly, so the medication provides protection to the animal for a long time - up to 3 months. For the most part, the medicine is excreted from the body of the Pioms together with a rock, partially with urine. Against fleas, the drug begins to act after 12 hours, against ticks - after 48 hours.
Important! If you plan a trip to the country house or a walk with the animal in a potentially dangerous place (where you can catch external parasites), treatment is best done in 2 days, since the medication does not work instantly.
When and how is it applied
Bravecto for cats is used to destroy the following types of ticks:
Also, the drug effectively destroys fleas, lice, lice, and other external parasites. If the animal has allergic dermatitis, the appearance of which was provoked by fleas, the drug is used in combination with other medicines. Usually these are medications that help eliminate unpleasant symptoms - itching, redness, rashes.
The medicine is also great for preventing infection with ticks and fleas. Pets that walk on the street should be regularly treated, since the risk of catching parasites is quite high.
Since Bravecto is produced in the form of spot-on drops, using it for cats is simple and convenient. To do this, you need to perform just a few simple steps:
- Hold the pipette vertically, with the cap at the top.
- Turn the cover counterclockwise. Please note that the lid does not completely unscrew, but you can apply the medicine after the characteristic sound of opening.
- Spread the coat around the neck and drip the product onto the skin.
Important! The place of application of the drug should be inaccessible to the animal. Categorically it must not be allowed to lick it and enter the body.
The dosage is calculated quite simply. It is enough to pick up a pipette of the required volume:
- for animals weighing 1.2-2.8 kg - 0.4 ml;
- for pets weighing 2.8 - 6.2 kg - 0.89 ml;
- for cats and cats weighing more than 6 kg - 1.79 ml.
Before you go to the pharmacy for the drug, be sure to weigh the animal, and then pick up pipettes of the appropriate volume.
If Bravecto is used for treatment, then one treatment is enough. If the main purpose of use is prevention, then you need to adhere to the following scheme - 1 treatment every 3 months. To prevent infection with ectoparasites, the drug is used throughout the entire period of their activity - from early spring to late autumn.
Special instructions and contraindications
When using Bravecto, you need to follow the simple rules:
- When applying the drug, it must not be allowed to get into the eyes of the pet.
- Do not contact treated areas until the applied solution is completely dry.
- The first 1-2 days after treatment, exclude contact of the pet with young children. It is also advisable for adults not to stroke the animal during this period.
- After treatment, a cat or cat is not recommended to bathe for 3 days, as this can adversely affect the effectiveness of the drug.
- Do not use the medicine if the skin of the animal has wounds or injuries.
Contraindications for the use of the drug are:
- age up to 11 weeks;
- weight up to 1.2 kg;
- intolerance to components.
The instructions for use there are no instructions regarding the use of Bravecto for pregnant and lactating cats. The fact is that tests during lactation and pregnancy were not carried out, therefore it is better not to risk the health of the animal, and if necessary, select the authorized remedy.
Treatment is usually not carried out for weakened and depleted pets, with exacerbation of chronic diseases or in the presence of infectious pathologies. In this case, you need to consult a veterinarian.
Side effects and effects of overdose
Bravecto usually does not cause side effects, but sometimes the following symptoms may be present:
- skin irritation at the place of application of the drug;
- itching and other allergic reactions with intolerance to the components;
- poor appetite or lack thereof;
- increased salivation;
- nausea and vomiting.
If side effects are severe, symptomatic treatment may be required. If the dose is exceeded 5 times, the following symptoms may appear:
- feces with mucus or blood;
- anorexia and others
In the presence of such problems, the animal should be redeemed well with shampoo. Maintenance therapy may be required.
How much is
Although drops against ticks and fleas have been supplied in Russia for several years, they have not gained much popularity among pet owners. In this regard, they are not always present in pharmacies. This does not apply to tablets, but they are usually not used for cats. The price of Bravecto drops for cats ranges from 1100 to 1400 rubles per pipette.
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Anton, the owner of several animals:
“Three dogs and 2 cats live in our house. Every summer we go to the cottage, so we always treat ticks and fleas. There is a forest nearby, so the risk of catching parasites is very high. Last year, on the advice of a friend, a veterinarian bought Bravecto. They treated them all "It’s working fine, but its price is already very high. We switched to cheaper options."
Lyudmila, mistress of a Persian cat:
“They couldn’t get rid of fleas for a long time. The animal was constantly scratching. It was impossible to look at it. Medications did not help or did not help for a short time until Bravecto was treated. There was no side effect, but fleas began to pour in from the cat on the second and day, and until appeared again. Although 2 months have already passed. Despite the high efficiency, I will not use it constantly because of the price, but for emergency cases it’s a good option. "
Diana, a veterinarian with 16 years of experience:
“I have a fairly large experience with Bravecto tablets, but I rarely prescribe drops, so it’s difficult to evaluate their effectiveness and tolerability. Of course, in my practice there have been no cases of failures, but this does not mean anything. By the way, I use cats for tablets. I prescribe it with the lowest dosage. The instructions do not contain information about them, since no tests were carried out, but the animals tolerate the medicine well. "
Cyril, a veterinarian with 12 years of experience:
"I do not use Bravecto in my practice. I consider the use of tablets unacceptable even for dogs. External parasites need to be poisoned outside and not inside. As for me, it’s a bad idea to poison an animal to protect it from ticks. As for the drops, they are effective, but and are very expensive. There are more affordable options that are not inferior in effectiveness. Of course, the decision to purchase the drug is yours. "