FDA Approves NexGard Chewables for prevention of infections that cause Lyme disease in dogs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved NexGard for the prevention of Borrelia burgdorferi infections by this medication killing Ixodes scapularis, a type of Black-legged tick that carries the bacteria. The Borrelia bacteria is an infectious bacteria that causes Lyme disease in dogs. The black-legged tick is also known as the deer tick. Lyme disease can cause serious illness in both animals and people. Fever, loss of appetite, lameness, joint swelling, and lethargy are common warning signs in dogs. In severe cases, Lyme disease can affect the kidneys, nervous system, or heart. Learn more about Lyme disease on our blog.
NexGard is a prescription flea and tick preventative for dogs contains afoxolaner. This medication works by absorbing into the dog’s bloodstream to treat and prevent flea infestations and kill ticks. Effective against Black-legged tick, American Dog tick, Lone Star tick, and Brown dog tick.
NexGard is formulated to give protection for 30 days and is a soft, beef-flavored chew. Dogs can also be bathed or go swimming at any time because it is given orally and does not create a residue on the skin or hair coat. It is also designed for safe administration alongside heartworm and other medications. NexGard chewables can be given to dogs 8 weeks of age and older and weighing 4 pounds or greater. It is available in four sizes: 4-10 lbs, 10-24 lbs, 24-60 lbs, and 60-121 lbs and three, six, or 12-month quantities.
NexGard Chewables Approved by Dog Owners
Check out what other dog owners are saying about it. We’ve included some reviews straight from our website.
Convenient Marianne Verified Buyer
My golden had Lyme disease a few years ago and this product, Nexgard, has kept her protected. We have a large deer population in our neighborhood and I feel confident using Nexgard
Works great! Jack Verified Buyer
My German shepherd is 2 years old and he has yet to get a tick because l have given him nexgard since he was a puppy.
Awesome, fast results Kim Verified Buyer
We have been having such a difficult time with ticks this year even though we’ve been using both a topical treatment along with a Seresto Flea collar. Our golden retriever has been on NexGard since the beginning of the month and we are thoroughly pleased with the results, not 1 flea since we started and no itching either. We’ll definitely continue to use both VETRX Direct and NexGard, I highly recommend it.
Lyme disease, also called Borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by Borrelia bacteria. The disease is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an affected tick. A tick first picks up the bacteria by attaching to infected animals like deer, mice, or birds. The deer tick and black-legged tick are the ticks that commonly carry and spread the Borrelia bacteria, which is responsible for Lyme disease. Learn how ticks spread disease from the CDC. Ticks are found in forests or grassy, wooded areas near marshes, rivers, lakes or oceans. Deer ticks live in moist, shady areas near ground level, and cling to tall grass and brush.
Symptoms and Treatment
Photo courtesy CDC
The warning signs and symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs and cats can vary. Symptoms can appear months after a tick bite, may be vague, and often mimic other diseases leading to difficult or a potential misdiagnosis. If left untreated, Lyme infections can affect the kidneys, nervous system, and heart. Veterinarians can take an antibody blood test, which can show whether an animal has been exposed to the Borrelia bacteria and help determine an appropriate treatment. Common signs include:
Painful or swollen joints
Loss of appetite
Swollen lymph nodes
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat Lyme infections in dogs and cats. Some animals may require more than one round of treatment to lessen signs of infection. Antibiotics may not eliminate the infection completely, which can lead to symptom flare-ups or permanent conditions.
Who Is at Risk?
Animals that spend time outdoors, especially in tick-infested areas, have a higher risk of exposure. Both people and animals may be bitten by ticks during outdoor activities or even while spending time in their own back yards. View forecasts for Lyme Disease in your area.
The best way to protect your pet from disease is avoidance from ticks and taking precautionary steps. Start by using a reliable tick-preventative product for your pet. Fortunately, there are highly effective preventative products for both cats and dogs. Preventatives must be used consistently in order to provide effective longterm tick control. It is best to talk with your veterinarian about which one is right for your pet and your area of the country. It is important that the product you use repels the types of ticks in your area. If you live in a climate with freezing temperatures, don’t be fooled, ticks can hibernate over the winter.
If spending time outdoors, it’s important to find and remove any ticks on you or your pet as soon as possible. The longer a tick stays attached, the more likely it will transmit disease. Pets can bring Lyme infected ticks into the house, which can then attach to other animals and people, spreading the disease.
How To Check Your Pet For Ticks:
Run your hands slowly over your dog or cat’s entire body feeling for bumps or lumps. Ticks can be very small and like to hide out inside ears, between toes, under the tail and collar, and in the armpit and groin areas. Don’t forget to check yourself too!
Additional Tips to Avoid Ticks
Vaccination. Preventative vaccines are available for dogs. Ask your veterinarian whether a Lyme disease vaccination is appropriate for your dog.
Keep lawns, shrubs, brush, and trees trimmed to help reduce tick populations.
Keep woodpiles neatly stacked and remove leaf piles.
Place a 3 ft barrier of wood chips or gravel between yards and wooded areas to prevent tick migration.
Consider a pesticide application to control an infestation. Use caution with pets.
Lyme Disease Risk to Humans
Dogs and cats cannot directly transmit this disease to humans. Because people and their pets are often together outdoors as well as indoors, a Lyme disease diagnosis for your pet could be a warning for you to consult a physician. Additionally, dogs and cats may bring infected ticks into the household, which can attach to another animal or person, and transmit disease. Learn more about Lyme disease in humans at CDC or Lyme Disease.org
VetRxDirect carries a large selection of tick preventatives for dogs and cats including topicals, oral medications, collars, shampoos, sprays, and products for the home. Visit our website for more information and check out a few we’ve listed below!
Effipro Plus is a topical treatment for cats that kills all stages of fleas and ticks including deer ticks, brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, and lone star ticks. It also kills chewing lice and repels mosquitoes that can carry heartworms. Apply Effipro Plus once a month for long-lasting, waterproof protection.
Bravecto is a prescription strength topical just for cats. Bravecto gives your cat protection against fleas and black-legged ticks (deer ticks) for 12 weeks,and dog ticks for 8 weeks. It contains fluralaner as a long-acting insecticide to not only kill but also help break the life cycle. Bravecto is also designed to eliminate fleas in as little as 8 hours.
NexGard is a prescription, chewable flea and tick preventative for dogs contains afoxolaner It kills adult fleas, black-legged tick, American dog tick, Lone Star tick, and brown dog tick. NexGard is formulated to give protection for 30 days and is FDA Approved to Prevent Lyme Disease
Effitix Plus is a broad spectrum topical for dogs. It kills and repels all life stages of fleas and ticks including brown dog ticks, deer ticks, lone star ticks, and American dog ticks. Effitix Plus also repels and kills mosquitoes that may carry heartworm, repels biting flies, kills lice, and helps control sarcoptic mange.
Fleas and ticks are the most common external parasites on dogs and cats, and the most common nuisance for pet owners. They flourish during the warm weather months but easily hitch rides inside, and can be a year-round problem.
Fleas Are Biting Machines
Can you believe that just one flea can bite up to 400 times a day? So you can imagine just how uncomfortable a flea infestation can be for a dog or cat. Even a few fleas can cause skin problems for your pet and may not be readily observable. Fleas can cause allergic skin reactions in both cats and dogs which may be difficult to tell apart from seasonal allergies. They also carry tapeworm larvae, which can lead to intestinal tapeworm infections. Control of fleas has always been a challenge because only adult fleas live on the pet. Flea eggs, larvae, and pupa live off the pet, outside and in the household.
Ticks: Hardy Disease Carriers
Tick prevention is important because as we know, they carry various diseases that pose serious health risks. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ehrlichiosis are the most common. These diseases can be difficult and expensive to treat and sometimes impossible to cure. The goal is to prevent ticks from getting onto your dog or cat. If you live in a climate that experiences yearly freezing temperatures, you may notice ticks become less active or disappear but don’t be fooled, they can hibernate over the winter.
Fortunately, there are lots of effective preventative medications to help control fleas and ticks. It is best to talk with your veterinarian about which one is right for your dog or cat and your area of the country. We stock a full range of flea and tick treatments to keep your dog and cat safe and healthy.
NexGard for Dogs
NexGard is a prescription, chewable flea and tick preventative. It kills adult fleas and ticks NexGard is formulated to give protection for 30 days and is easy to give with a soft, beef-flavored chew that dogs enjoy.
Provecta For Dogs
Provecta Advanced is a 5-way parasite treatment for dogs. It kills and repels ticks, all life stages of fleas, and mosquitoes on contact before they bite. It also repels biting flies and kills chewing lice.
Bravecto For Cats
Bravecto is a prescription strength topical just for cats. Bravecto gives your cat protection against fleas and black-legged ticks (deer ticks) for 12 weeks, and dog ticks for 8 weeks. Bravecto is also designed to help eliminate fleas in as little as 8 hours.
Revolution For Cats
You won’t find a more hard-working medicine for your cat than prescription Revolution. It combats a host of parasites including fleas, heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, and ear mites with an easy-to-apply topical treatment.
Knowing how to protect you and your dog against ticks is the best defense in the fight against ticks. Tick prevention is important because as we know, they carry a variety diseases that pose serious health risks. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ehrlichiosis are the most common. These diseases can be difficult and expensive to treat and sometimes impossible to cure. The Brown Dog Tick, American Dog Tick, Black-Legged Tick or Deer Tick, and the Lone Star Tick are the most commonly found in the United States. Get to know the kind that live in your area so you know the risks.
It’s a good idea to check your dog daily for ticks, especially if you spend a lot of time outside. Run your hands slowly over your dog’s entire body feeling for bumps or lumps. Ticks can be very small and like to hide out inside ears, between toes, under the tail and collar, and in the armpit and groin areas. Don’t forget to check yourself too!
When You Find A Tick
If you find a tick on your dog, don’t panic. Use a pair of tweezers or the Tick Twister to grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible, then pull back slowly until the tick is extracted from the body. Don’t grab the tick by the body, twist it, or pull too quickly. Disinfect the wound and apply an antibiotic cream approved by your veterinarian. Keep it clean and disinfected until it has healed.
Watch for signs of tick borne illnesses in your pet. Symptoms may not appear for up to three weeks. If you think a tick has bitten your pet and she’s behaving differently – loss of appetite, lethargy – talk your veterinarian right away.
Don’t Wait Until Tick Season
The goal is to prevent ticks from getting onto your dog or cat. If you live in a climate that experiences yearly freezing temperatures, you may notice ticks become less active or disappear but don’t be fooled, they can hibernate over the winter. Fortunately, there are lots of effective preventative medications on the market. It is best to talk with your veterinarian about which one is right for your dog and your area of the country. Be sure that the medicine you use repels the types of ticks in your area.
Around the Yard Keep your bushes, trees, and lawn trimmed to reduce ticks to help keep the tick population at bay. If you have a tick infestation in your yard, consider using environmental products or hiring an exterminator to address the problem. Use caution when treating your yard, many products can be harmful to people and animals.
We stock a full range of tick preventatives and treatments to keep your dog safe and healthy. Check out NexGard, Simparica, and Bravecto, chewable tick preventatives available at VetRxDirect.