There are only three reasons that a veterinarian would prescribe Bravecto for your pet.
- Reason number one, is that it costs less to them then other forms of flea and tick control. Profit margin’s are higher, and they are willing to sacrifice quality and your pets safety for profits.
- Or, they just don’t know. I didn’t know, I just never happened to carry it because of its extremely weak claim regarding tick control. But it’s possible the veterinarian is carrying it because they just don’t know how inferior it actually is.
- Another reason veterinarian might carry and recommend it is because they work for a corporation that requires them to do so. Several corporations will sell Bravecto before they sell the superior product Nexgard, because Nexgard declined agreements to private label product and sell it to these corporate veterinary entities for less money. Now, there is considerable resentment that causes these corporations not carry the leading product, Nexgard. Your Pet suffers for politics.
And you might say, “why does it matter to you? What could be so bad about Bravecto?”
The answer is, that it is the only product that caused birth defects in many of the puppies of animals it was tested on. Having said that, you might notice you cannot use it in animals under six months old because of the harm that it can cause. It is a messed up product. Let’s look at its Tick claim, it controls ticks for half as long as it controls fleas. So if you want continue Tick control, and it’s not safe to dose with Bravecto again, you end up buying a second form of control. That increases your costs of protecting your pet from ectoparasites.
It needs to be given on a full stomach, the leading product does not.
But I’m really still hung up on that birth defects thing. I’m not crazy about any product that results in cleft palate and limb deformity’s in the puppies of the animals that take it. That’s just messed up.
So let’s hope that your veterinarian is not recommending this product to you just because it’s cheaper, let’s hope your veterinarian is not recommending it because of politics and resentment for Nexgard. Let’s just hope that they don’t know. But then, what exactly is that saying? (Not much, I didn’t know that Bravecto caused birth defects and had other problems til yesterday so don’t be too hard on ’em.)
To be honest I think that most veterinarians actually know, but the ones that work for corporations and have no choice basically have to recommend it.
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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.