North Country Veterinary Services, P.C.

4592 US Route 11
Pulaski, NY 13142

(315)298-5141

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Bravecto Safety

There has been another story in the news about bad and fatal side effects to a flea and tick preventative, this time Bravecto.  Here at North Country Veterinary Services, we pride ourselves in staying up to date on the facts, and practicing high quality medicine.

The truth of the matter is all products have the potential for side effects, and pets get sick - for many different reasons.  Sometimes we know why, and sometimes we don't.  Grieving is easier when there is a cause - and it is easy to make an association, and to assign it blame.  But there is a phrase "correlation does not prove causation", which is to say, just because things happen at the same time doesn't mean one thing caused the other.  In the cases brought up by this story, none of the animals went through testing (necropsy for the deceased animals) to determine what really happened to them. 

We need to take all reports into consideration.  We need to take a step back and try to weed out the facts.  There have been safety studies done on all medications available in the United States.  With Bravecto, these studies include dogs that were given many times the prescribed dose, as well as much more frequently than prescribed (even daily!).  But more information comes in as a medication is used on more and more animals, and we will keep up to date on the facts. 

At North Country, we have had pets given over 1800 doses of Bravecto, including our own dogs, and have rarely had any side effects at all - certainly no deaths.  Below is some information from the company:

Setting the Record Straight


We know that protecting your pet's health can be emotional. After all, many of us at Merck Animal Health have our own fur babies who are true members of our families. However, don't let hearsay, conjecture and opinion be a substitute for truth — get the facts and discuss your questions with your trusted veterinary professional.

It’s easy to find all sorts of information about veterinary medicines across the internet — especially on social media. Unfortunately, much of the information shared on social media is simply inaccurate. You deserve the facts — the complete facts — on BRAVECTO®. If you would like more information please consult a trusted veterinary professional, or visit us.bravecto.com.

Myth

BRAVECTO® CAUSES SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES – INCLUDING CANCER, ORGAN FAILURE AND SEIZURES.

Fact

Clinical research data and analysis of adverse events to date do not demonstrate a causal relationship between BRAVECTO® and liver or kidney issues or cancer.

Further, the most common reported events are mild and transient gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, and these are noted on the product label.

Myth

BRAVECTO® DOESN'T WORK

Fact

More than 55 clinical trials prove that BRAVECTO® is safe and effective against the most common fleas and ticks. It works quickly too, killing these parasites within hours.

Myth

SIDE EFFECTS FROM TAKING BRAVECTO® CAN SHOW UP LONG AFTER THE DOSE

Fact

Following the approval of an animal health drug, companies are required to continue monitoring the drug to ensure the safety and efficacy through an objective, science-based lens. Throughout the monitoring process, we report adverse effects to the appropriate governing body as required by law. This monitoring and scientific assessment continue to support BRAVECTO® safety. Since BRAVECTO® was approved in 2014, more than 34 million doses have been dispensed around the world, which reflects the trust and confidence of both pet owners and vets. There is no question in our confidence in the safety and efficacy profile of BRAVECTO®.

Myth

NEGATIVE INCIDENTS USING BRAVECTO® ARE INCREASING

Fact

This is simply not the case. Based on the most recent Periodic Safety Update Report (PSUR), which was assessed by the European Medicines Agency (the EU equivalent to the FDA), the incidence of all adverse events remains categorized as “rare.” That means adverse events are occurring in between 1/10,000 (0.01%) and 1/1,000 (0.1%). The most common reported events are mild and transient gastrointestinal upset, which are noted on the product label. An adverse event report also does not mean causation.

In today’s digital age, social media can present a misleading picture. We recommend you consult your veterinarian to gain the fullest, most accurate picture of your pet’s health and ask them about BRAVECTO®.