MERCK Animal Health

Bravecto® Topical for Dogs

MERCK Animal Health
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Bravecto® Topical Solution for Dogs
Product Information
Bravecto® Topical Solution kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (Black-legged tick, American dog tick, and Brown dog tick) for 12 weeks and Lone Star ticks for 8 weeks. 
Dogs (at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 4.4lbs) 
Generic Name
Brand Name
Bravecto® Topical Solution
Drug Class
Isoxazoline Ectoparasiticide
Product Description & Form
Bravecto® Topical solution is a clear colorless liquid.
  • Innovative formula applied topically every 12 weeks but works systemically
  • With no need to remove cap, the Twist'n'Use applicator makes it easy to use for dogs who do not like oral medication
  • Resists repeated swimming & bathing for its full 12 week dosing period
  • Kills fleas and prevents flea infestations from Cat Fleas (C. felis) when given routinely every 12 weeks
  • Treats and controls tick infestations from Black-legged/Deer ticks (I. scapularis), American dog ticks (D. variabilis), and Brown dog ticks (R. sanguineus) when given routinely every 12 weeks and Lone Star ticks (A. americanum) when given routinely every 8 weeks
  • Reduces exposure to ticks, which can carry tick-borne diseases
  • Approved for dogs 6+ months of age, weighing more than 4.4 lbs
Active Ingredients
Bravecto® Topical solution should be applied as directed by your veterinarian. This medication should be administered at every 12 week intervals, year-round to guarantee protection from fleas and ticks.  For dogs over 123 lbs, use the appropriate combination of tubes to ensure complete protection against fleas and ticks.
Immediately before use, open the pouch and remove the tube. Wear gloves. Hold the tube at the crimped end with the cap in the upright position (tip up). Leaving the cap on, turn it clockwise or couterclockwise one full turn. Do not remove the cap, the cap is designed to stay on the tube for dosing. Once the cap has been turned one full rotation the seal should break and it is ready for application.  Always keep the tube in the upright position to prevent leaking.
With the dog sitting or lying with its back horizontal, part the fur at the administration site.  Place the tube vertically against the skin between the shoulder blades of the dog. Squeeze the tube and gently apply the solution in one or more spots starting between the shoulder blades and continuing along the dog's back.  Avoid applying an excessive amount of solution in any one spot which may cause some to run or drip off the dog.
Do not contact or allow children to contact the application site for 2 hours post application.  Wash hands and contacted skin thoroughly with soap and water immediately after application.
Missed Doses
Give the dose as soon as you remember, unless it is time for the next dose.  Do not double dose.  If your dog has missed a dose please consult with your veterinarian.
Side Effects
Bravecto® Topical solution is generally well tolerated in dogs when given at the usual dose.  There are very few side effects when the drug is given a the usual dose.  The following side effects have been reported with the use of Bravecto® Topical solution: temporary hairloss and slight inflammation or scabs at or near the application site, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, and itchiness. 
Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures.
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Drug & Food Interactions
There are no documented drug interactions with this medication. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. Seizures have been reported in dogs receiving the active ingredient fluralaner, even in dogs without a history of seizures.
For topical use only. Avoid oral ingestion. Product is highly flammable. Keep away from heat, sparks, open flame or other sources of ignition.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Adverse Reactions
If you are concerned that your pet has experienced an adverse reaction to this medication or have concerns about the product, please contact the manufacturer Merck at 800-224-5318 or contact Vetsource customer service at 877-738-4443.
Store long term below 86° F.  Store in original packaging to protect from light. Keep this medicine out of reach of children. Store in a childproof container. Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.
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