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I know a few of you have tried the new 12 week flea & tick preventative called BRAVECTO that was recently introduced by Merck. Any adverse reactions so far? Since losing our Henry at a young age to Hemangiosarcoma last year I've become somewhat paranoid about heartworm and flea/tick preventative medications. Some studies seem to suggest that meds like these can weaken dogs' immune systems and increase the chance of hemangio. Admittedly the chance of this happening is slim and the studies aren't conclusive....and I'm not entirely convinced there is a connection between hemangiosarcoma and any environmental factors......still.....I worry. A lot! Our Charlie is almost 10 months old and we are doing everything we can to make his life as healthy as possible. The only flea/tick preventative he's had so far is Comfortis, and just one time back in June when he had fleas. It worked well and we haven't seen a flea on him since. Ticks are a problem however and we DO occasionally find ticks on him (don't know what kind, different sizes). Also, I became very ill two months ago with what was eventually diagnosed by the Drs. as a "tick born fever." Did I get that tick bite from a tick that was on Charlie? Maybe. He does sleep in our bed. I've also been reading about the high incidence of Lyme disease in our area (central NC) and how serious it can be in dogs. My vet has told me about Bravecto but isn't necessarily recommending it as she says it is too new for her to have any experience with it. She advised me to do my own research and decide if it is something I want to try. I've read good things about the product on various European dog/vet websites. It has been available in Europe for some time. The fact that it is strong enough (toxic?) to last three months frightens me. Or is the risk of Charlie getting sick from a tick bite a greater risk? Can't decide what to do. Do any of you have opinions about Bravecto? Thanks!
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I have never heard of it, must be really new then. I won't try anything that just hit the market. I rather wait at least a couple of years before trying it and has been proven to work and not make the pets sick or causes them to die.
I learned my lesson from using Comfortis and then Trifexis.
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I'm sure you've read the product sheet on the mfr's website, it sounds like the side effects are mild- but I'm with you. ... stays in the system so long it'd scare me.
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I posted about this previously (not to be redundant) . My 2 dogs got into a LOT of deer ticks (nymphs maybe), while camping a little over a month ago. Their legs were covered, in spite of being treated w/advantix II a week and a half earlier. I was a little panicked about tick borne disease, and bringing them into my home (the ticks). I am very leery of any oral preventative, but my vet recommended it, and I did some internet research. I did end up using it, because it was impossible to remove every one. My dogs have had no reaction/side effects, and I have not seen a flea or tick on either one. We live in area where there are a lot of fleas and ticks, so we have to use something.

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After doing even more research I have decided that I am going to start giving Charlie Bravecto this week. I've concluded that all medications have some risks and this one is no exception. However, I've failed to find any compelling evidence that it is dangerous and studies in Europe and this country seem to show it has fewer potential side effects than many of the other oral and topical flea/tick preventatives already on the market. For Charlie's well being, I feel this is the prudent thing to do.
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I ordered one pill last week. I'm waiting to get it. Riley hates any topical put on him so I am really hoping he won't have any issues with the pill. I couldn't find anything bad about it when I did research on it. I'll update once I have given it to him.

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I gave Riley the Bravecto 3 weeks ago. No ill effects that I have seen and I found a dead tick on him last night. I'm pretty sure it was a deer tick too which the product does not claim to kill. So far I am happy with the results.

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Thanks for the update. I want to try this for Max but like everyone else, I'm concerned that it's still new. My vet recommended it, and we go soon for yearly stuff, so I'll discuss it with him again.
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I gave Charlie his first dose of BRAVECTO four weeks ago on October 1st. Absolutely no side effects whatsoever and I am especially pleased that after spending 8 days in the mountains (we came home yesterday) with several hours of hiking every day, he has absolutely no fleas and I have found only two ticks. Both desiccated and dead. The product seems to be working as it should. No one worries about this sort of thing more than me (see my previous posts!) but after lots of careful research I am convinced BRAVECTO is perhaps the "safest" flea/tick preventative available. Just my opinion.
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