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Old 04-04-2019, 08:42 PM
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Comments on Bravecto or Nextguard flea meds?

Hi all,

Has anyone here tried or is currently using Bravecto or Nextguard chewable flea treatment?

I basically hate all chemical stuff on my dogs and I use lots of natural remedies on them.

We used to use old school Advantage topical and for a while that worked, but now I think the Texas fleas are immune to that, so it does nada. Plus topicals are gross to me as I hug my dogs and they sleep next to me and I certainly don't want that posion on me or my dogs.

But-- we are here in Texas and disgusting flea season is approaching.....

Any side effects that you have seen in using these products with your dogs would be appreciated!

I almost broke down today and bought some Nextguard from my vet, but when I study about it I read all the serious bad reactions some dogs have had...and then I chicken out.

Comments anyone?????


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Old 04-05-2019, 01:22 AM
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Both worked really well when I used them. I use sentinel and bravecto together these days and haven't had a problem with them.
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:57 PM
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My three dogs did fine on Nexguard, honestly, but we only used it for a couple months when they actually had fleas.
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Never used Bravecto, but when our girl was on Nexgard, she wouldn't eat, so we cant use that. We have been using frontline + which not as easy as nexgard it does work for us. We Also tried Triflexis which she had a bad reaction to, also, lost most control of her rear legs for about 18 hours.
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I don’t know if it was a coincidence but I swear our girl has had nothing but issues since taking bravecto. She was problem free for about 5 years until we gave her bravecto on our vets recommendation. Her first season off bravecto she got a patch of
alopecia, and has had dry skin pretty much ever since. She has been off Bravecto for a year. A few months ago she got an ear infection and now has a weird lump on her ear that may or may not be a mast cell tumour...but with any luck it’s a hematoma. She never had any issues before taking Bravecto and has had non stop issues ever since. Has anyone else noticed similar issues?
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OP, I was exactly where you are now roughly about a month ago. We used to live on a farm, fleas and ticks were member that bad, and if the dogs started scratching you just made a point of dipping them next time you dipped the goats. Now we live at the coast and ticks and fleas are becoming a real nuisance. I also heard end horror stories about nexguard /bravecto, but it was at least within my budget. When you're talking five dogs, things get expensive quickly. So I took a chance, bought nexguard and all my dogs are thankfully fine. No more ticks and fleas, no more itchy dogs and peace of mind that my dogs aren't going to get tick bite fever or something worse.
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:11 PM
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Thanks everyone here who has chimed in on this flea meds Nextguard question! I really appreciate you taking the time to write me back!

I hope more people keep writing and letting me know their experiences with this stuff.

I am almost about to break down (again!) and buy the dang Nextguard chewables.

Grrrr. I really, really don't want to. I am scared of all these poisons/toxins going into my beloved dogs. I'm scared of side effects like seizures, especially since many of these products actually warn us of the potential for seizures! Yikes!

But I am especially concerned with long term side effects since Nextguard hasn't been around long enough on the market to actually be able to document long term side effects. Not that they would be totally honest to us about it...ok, ok, I know I am a skeptic on big pharmaceutical companies.

I almost bought the Nextguard this week when I stopped by the vets. But then I decided if I do try it, I would much rather do it when my significant other is home....just in case of emergency and we need to suddenly go to an emergency vet. He comes home Saturday from a long business trip....maybe I will then have the courage to try this lovely posionous flea med as a last resort???

Please....anyone with opinions/experience with Nextguard, please, please chime in!!!!

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I'm in CentralTX myself. I have a 12# rat terrier that cannot tolerate either Nexguard or Bravecto. Both make her vomit almost daily. She is back on FrontlinePlus for good and having no issues.

That said, I will tell you if you have any flea issues in your yard, swimming pool filter diatomaceous earth (use the food-grade on your yard) will flat kill those fleas, cockroaches, pill bugs and any bugs with exoskeletons. We bought a house 4 years ago and discovered (the hard way) the back yard was infested with fleas. Our dog (and US!) were getting bitten unmercifully and nothing the vet was giving us helped. Then I remembered reading about DE for treating yards for bugs years earlier. I bought some, sprinkled the DE on all surfaces of the back yard, garden, glower beds and driveway and those fleas died in no time flat! It's a powder made of ground up crustacean shells. It scratches/scores the exoskeleton of insects and they basically dehydrate to death. I did that FOUR years ago!! My dog hasn't had a flea on her since! And we have not had to re-apply. Although we just discussed last week perhaps we should re-dust the yard again just to be safe as we're starting to see pill bugs again. As a nice side benefit with DE, when the occasional outdoor roach makes it under a door and into our house, I find them "belly up" on the floor in varying stages of slow death and I didn't have to lift a "finger" (shoe). The DE is non-discriminatory, so be aware it will kill ALL exoskeleton insects.
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I think I have wrote about using the Only Natural Pet Flea and Tick Tag before but figured I would update it since I wrote when I had only had it for about a week.
Anyway, last year, per the vets recommendation, we used Nexgard for the whole flea/tick worked, and luckily my dog (17 pound Bichon/Shih Tzu) didn’t have any negative reactions. The thing I didn’t like was that the ticks had to actually bite him to be killed, so we were still pulling many ticks, although dead, off of him weekly. By the way, I live in a fairly tick/flea filled area, and walk in places where ticks are abundant almost daily...high grass, woods, fields, beaches, etc.
This year, before flea/tick season rolled around, I was dreading having to give him more of the Nexgard pills...I had just heard so many negative things about it and it obviously contained toxins if it killed the ticks...I like caring for my dog as naturally as possible, so I decided against the Nexgard.
In my search for something more natural, I found the Only Natural Pet Flea and Tick Tag, and decided to try it out...some reviews were positive, others were not. I took my chances and bought the tag. All you do is clip it to your dogs collar and it naturally repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. I was VERY skeptical at first. The tag needs about 3-4 weeks to become fully activated and during this time, Moose was definitely picking up ticks...I would find them crawling on him and a few became embedded. I was worried I would have to find something else but to my astonishment, once the 3-4 week time was over, I haven’t seen a single flea or tick (crawling or embedded) on him. He’s had it for about 2 months now (in the height of summer) and it is working perfectly. And let me reiterate that we walk in highly flea/tick infested areas daily.
So I definitely recommend the tag to anyone who wants to go natural. Not sure if I just got lucky as there are negative reviews on it, but it definitely works fantastically for me...and I feel so much better knowing it is not toxic or chemical ridden. It is also pretty cheap as a plus just thought I would share my experience.
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Thank you, Mooseman1; I couldn't remember the name of the tag or who was using it.

AthenaLove, I own two Nexguard chewables because I only gave Laurel one. She had absolutely no reaction at all, but it is frequently the second or third dose that causes problems, so I am right there with you as far as not wanting to use it but not sure how long my girls can tolerate this many fleas.

Laurel's allergies are absolutely not caused by flea bites, I know that much anyway, lol. I've also thought about medicating much-sturdier 10 lb Chocolate for the benefit of my fragile little 6 lb Laurel if I have to.

I was able to purchase Revolution without a prescription, but dogs can have problems with that too, although my cats were fine on it. I want to avoid any neurotoxins if possible.

The Seresto flea collar contains imidacloprid and flumethrin and might be another option for you to consider. It is comparable in price to Only Natural online, but I've seen it locally for as low as $20.

Old Fashioned Hartz Mountain collars are under $5, but they are stinky and I'm not sure how easy it is to take them off for cuddle puddles and put them back on again.

I'll update. Thank you again, Mooseman1.
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