Here at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to offer Merial NexGard Flea & Tick Prevention for dogs.
Flea and Tick Prevention Importance
It is imperative that dog owners prevent flea and tick infestations on their pets. Fleas and ticks can make your dog very sick. They can infest your pet’s bedding and toys. In severe instances, the fleas can even infiltrate your carpets, curtains, furniture and beds, resulting in the need to eradicate them from your home.
Fleas cause tapeworms and flea dermatitis. The tapeworms are located inside the fleas. When your dog eats the fleas, they ingest the tapeworm eggs. Flea dermatitis occurs when the dog is allergic to flea bites or has an extensive infestation. It causes rashes, hives, hair loss and excessive scratching.
Ticks can cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Babesiosis, which is a bacteria that causes fever, enlarged lymph nodes, pale gums and discolored urine.
The best way to prevent flea and tick borne illnesses is by administering a monthly medication. Flea and tick medications kill the pests within 24 hours after they bite your dog. Because the parasitic bugs die quickly, they do not have time to make your pet sick.
Merial NexGard Flea & Tick Prevention from our Veterinarian in Winnipeg
Our Veterinarian in Winnipeg now offers Nexgard for flea and tick infestations along with HeartGard. NexGard is FDA approved to prevent fleas and ticks on dogs for 30 days. The active ingredient is afoxolaner, which kills fleas by over-activating their nervous systems. It is available in a soft, chewable tablet that is beef flavored, which makes giving it to dogs easier. The medication in the chewable tablet kills the parasitic pests within 24 hours, which does not give them enough time to lay eggs.
The chewable tablet is given once every 30 days; owners should take care not to give their pet’s more than one tablet a month. NexGard can be used as soon as the dog is eight weeks of age and weighs as least four pounds.
Dog owners can feel comfortable giving their pet Merial NexGard Flea & Tick Prevention and Heartguard at the same time. The medication does not interfere with topical or oral antibiotics, steroids, pain killers, anti-inflammatories or antibiotics, and it does not interfere with vaccinations. Since the medication is oral, dogs can go swimming or take a bath right after taking the medication.
It is unknown how NexGard affects pregnant or lactating dogs. The most common side-effects dry skin, diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy. It some instances dogs may have a reduced appetite. If severe side effects are noticed, owners should call our Veterinarian in Winnipeg. NexGard is not approved for cats and should not be given to cats.
To schedule an appointment with our Veterinarian in Winnipeg for flea and tick prevention or HeartGard medication, call our veterinary office at 204-452-9010.