Updated: Jun 10, 2019
Is Bravecto for cats safe?
Bravecto is the long-lasting topical treatment that provides 12 weeks of protection from fleas and ticks.
Its active ingredient has been tested and FDA approved, so you know you’re getting safe and effective protection for your cat. The easy-to-apply, non-greasy topical formula gives your pet longer lasting protection than most leading brands, reducing the chances you miss a dose and create gaps in your pet’s protection. Its active ingredient Fluralaner has been FDA approved, so you know you’re getting safe and effective treatment for your cat.
Field trials found that one dose of Bravecto killed 100 percent of fleas within 8 hours and continued fighting more than 98 percent of fleas for 12 weeks. Bravecto kills and controls four species of ticks, too, arming your cat against harmful diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Its fast-acting, powerful formula is thanks to its active ingredient, Fluralaner,
an insecticide and acaricide that attacks the nervous systems of fleas and ticks. Within hours of applying Bravecto topical treatment, the medication reaches the tissue fluids just under your cat’s skin, where it attacks parasites as they bite. But, because Fluralaner works differently on invertebrates than mammals, Bravecto’s powerful formula is safe for use on cats.
Fluralaner works by disrupting two major systems in invertebrates’ bodies. The first, known as GABA-gated (gamma-aminobutyric acid) channels, play a role in calming nerve transmissions and create an overall relaxation effect in the body. Fluralaner upsets this process, causing waves of nerve signals that increase seizure activity and produce fatal effects in fleas and ticks. At the same time, Fluralanerdisruptsglutamate- gated channels, which help nerves send signals to other cells. Fluralaner opens these channels to increase transmissions, intensifying seizure activity and Bravecto’s effectiveness in the fight against fleas and ticks.
Clinical trials found Bravecto caused no serious adverse reactions in cats. The most common side ef‐ fects included vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, decreased appetite, lethargy, and scabs—all symptoms unrelated from your feline’s nervous system. However, if your cat has a history of neurological abnormalities or has ever been diagnosed with a seizure disorder, you should talk to your veterinarian before using Bravecto.
Bravecto has not been tested on breeding, pregnant, or nursing cats. Its long-lasting topical formula provides proven relief from fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks, so discuss switching to Bravecto for cats with your veterinarian to kill fleas and ticks fast and providing long-lasting relief from biting pests.
(this post was originally written by Ben at Petbucket.)