Common and Effective Tick Preventives for Your Pet

Ticks! Fleas! Oh my! With pet ownership comes the presence of these little pests. They are a reality, but you can prevent them affecting your pet! Without appropriate prevention, tick (and fleas) can become a real nuisance and cause some real problems for your pet’s health.

Ticks pester your pet by ‘hitching a ride’ on them while outdoors. But they don’t just want to get from one place to another – they want to make a home out of your pet, and their dinner is your pet’s blood. Once a tick bites and attaches to your pet, the risk begins, and if that tick is carrying harmful bacteria then your pet can be in some real trouble. Tick preventative medications contain specific active ingredients and methods for preventing ticks. Ingredient examples include Afoxolaner (NexGard), Sarolaner (Simparica) and Fluralaner (Bravecto). They work to interfere with the nervous system of the flea or tick and kill it before harm can be done.

Here are some medications that can help keep your pet safe. (We recommend speaking with a Clinic or Wellness Center veterinarian to choose the best solution for your pet.)

NexGard® Chewable for Dogs is a soft beef-flavored chew approved to kill both fleas and the following species of ticks: the American Dog tick, Lone Star tick, Brown Dog tick and Black-legged Deer tick. NexGard is appropriate for dogs and puppies 4 pounds or greater and 8 weeks of age and older. It also kills fleas before they can lay eggs, prevents flea infestations, and lasts for an entire month.

Simparica® is a flavored, chewable tablet for administration to dogs over 6 months of age that kills adult fleas, and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, as well as the treatment and control of tick infestations. It protects your pet against several tick species including the Lone Star tick, Gulf Coast tick, American dog tick, black-legged tick, and the brown dog tick.

Bravecto® Topical Solution for Dogs kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations and the treatment and control of tick infestations. Bravecto® protects your dog against several tick species including the black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick. Bravecto lasts for 12 weeks in dogs and puppies 6 months of age and older, weighing 4.4 pounds or greater. This medication is also indicated for the treatment and control of Lone Star tick infestations for 8 weeks in dogs and puppies 6 months of age and older, and weighing 4.4 pounds or greater.
Bravecto® Topical Solution for Cats kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations and the treatment and control of black-legged tick infestations in cats and kittens 6 months of age and older, weighing 2.6 pounds or greater. Bravecto® is effective for the treatment and control of American dog tick infestations for up to 3 months in cats and kittens 6 months of age and older and weight of 2.6 pounds or greater.

All prescription flea and tick preventative medication requires a prescription. We recommend discussing tick preventive options with our Clinic and Wellness Center veterinarians to find an option that will work best for your pet. If you have questions about tick prevention feel free to visit our staff at a Community Clinic or Wellness Center near you.

Simparica is a registered trademark of Zoetis LLC.
NexGard is a registered trademark of Merial Inc.
Bravecto is a registered trademark of Intervet Inc.