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NexGard is a new treatment against fleas and ticks for dogs. It is provided as a beef-flavoured, chewable treat to be given once a month. NexGard makes it very easy to provide safe and effective treatment for both of these important parasites and most dogs enjoy the tablets too. NexGard is for use in dogs only.
NexGard contains the active ingredient, afoxolaner, an insecticide that was discovered relatively recently. While the ingredient is FDA-approved and safe for use in dogs, fleas and ticks fare much worse against it. Afoxolaner is toxic to parasites, attacking their nervous systems and killing them within 24 hours (Note: ticks can take slightly longer to die). Once the ingredient is ingested by your dog, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body.
Unlike spot-ons which kill parasites on the skin’s surface, NexGard only gets to work when the flea or tick takes its blood meal. This means your dog has to be bitten before NexGard can take effect. Whether or not parasites are killed before they have chance to transmit disease has not yet been determined.
So, why choose an oral treatment over a topical one?
NexGard is different to other oral flea treatments on the market that are unflavoured and need to be disguised in food as it is both chewable and palatable, with a recent study showing that 89% of dogs would readily consume it. NexGard beef-flavoured chew offers full-body protection against fleas and ticks, gets to work quickly and eliminates parasites for a period of 30 days.
Being an oral treatment, NexGard is convenient for several reasons. Topical preparations can be messy and difficult to apply but with NexGard, administering the treatment couldn't be easier. Spot-ons contain oily insecticide which tends to leave greasy residue on the coat. In some cases, hair loss is evident on the scruff of the neck where flea treatment has regularly been applied. Oral treatments eliminate mess and won't leave grease patches behind.
Using an oral rather than topical treatment is also safer when it comes to exposing your children and/or cats to it. Some spot-ons contain the potent ingredient permethrin, which is toxic to cats and can be fatal. The risk to your cats might be small but it's not worth chancing it when there are so many different products on the market that don't contain permethrin. Administering a tablet won't leave a slimy residue on your hands or matt your dog's coat together. What's more, your dog won't be trying to rub it off as soon as it's been administered!
NexGard and other oral treatments have the added benefit of being unaffected by baths and when you wash your dog. Topical treatments usually come with instructions not to bathe your animal for 48 hours after use because they will wash off, but with NexGard, there is never any need to worry about your dog getting wet and having to re-apply the product.
NexGard is a safe and effective treatment for infestations of fleas and ticks, killing them before they have chance to lay their eggs. The treatment can be used in puppies from the age of 8 weeks and in animals weighing over 4 lbs. NexGard is for use in dogs only.
Each chewable tablets contains:
Chewable tablets for dogs (S) 2-4 kg
Chewable tablets for dogs (M) >4-10 kg
Chewable tablets for dogs (L) >10-25 kg
Chewable tablets for dogs (XL) >25-50 kg
Excipient: Potassium sorbate (E202): 3 mg/g.
For the full list of excipients, see below.
Chewable tablets. Mottled red to reddish brown, circular shaped (for dogs 2-4 kg) or rectangular shaped (for dogs >4-10 kg, >10-25 kg and >25-50 kg) tablets.
Treatment of flea infestation in dogs (Ctenocephalides felis and C. canis) for at least 5 weeks. The product can be used as part of a treatment strategy for the control of Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD).
Treatment of tick infestation in dogs (Dermacentor reticulatus, Ixodes ricinus, Rhipicephalus sanguineus). One treatment kills ticks for up to one month.
Fleas and ticks must attach to the host and commence feeding in order to be exposed to the active substance.
Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.
Parasites need to start feeding on the host to become exposed to afoxolaner; therefore the risk of the transmission of parasite borne diseases cannot be excluded.
In the absence of available data, treatment of puppies less than 8 weeks of age and/or dogs less than 2 kg bodyweight should be based on a benefit-risk assessment by the responsible veterinarian.
To prevent children from getting access to the product, remove only one chewable tablet at a time from the blister. Return the blister with the remaining chewable tablets into the carton.
Wash hands after handling the product.
The safety of the product has not been established during pregnancy and lactation or in breeding dogs. Use only according to the benefit-risk assessment by the responsible veterinarian.
For oral use only.
Dosage: The product should be administered at a dose of 2.7-6.9 mg/kg bodyweight in accordance with the following table:
Strength and number of chewable tablets to be administered
Bodyweight of dog (kg)
NexGard (S) 11 mg
NexGard (M) 28 mg
NexGard (L) 69 mg
NexGard (XL) 136 mg
For dogs above 50 kg bodyweight, use an appropriate combination of chewable tablets of different/the same strengths. The tablets should not be divided.
Method of administration: The tablets are chewable and palatable to most dogs. If the dog does not accept the tablets directly they may be administered with food.
Treatment schedule: Monthly intervals throughout the flea and/or tick seasons, based on local epidemiological situations.
No adverse reactions were observed in healthy puppies over 8 weeks of age when treated with 5 times the maximum dose repeated 6 times at intervals of two to four weeks.
Maize starch, Soy protein, Braised beef flavouring, Povidone (E1201), Macrogol 400, Macrogol 4000, Macrogol 15 hydroxystearate, Glycerol (E422), Medium-chain triglycerides, Potassium sorbate (E202).
Shelf life of the product as packaged for sale: 30 months.
This product does not require any special storage conditions.
The product is individually packaged in plastic blisters. One carton contains one blister of 3 or 6 chewable tablets.
Any unused product or waste materials derived from it should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
NexGard Dog (S) x 3
NexGard Dog (S) x 6
NexGard Dog (M) x 3
NexGard Dog (M) x 6
NexGard Dog (L) x 3
NexGard Dog (L) x 6
NexGard Dog (XL) x 3
NexGard Dog (XL) x 6
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