PARASITE TREATMENT THE RIGHT TIME FAQS to treat your dog Dogs need to be treated throughout the year to be sure they don’t pick up fleas or ticks. Dogs generally carry only a few fleas at any given time, while 95% of fleas are present in the environment, as flea eggs, larvae and pupae. Ticks can be found in many of the outdoor locations your dog loves best, such as fields, parks, or woodland. Even your garden can be a haven for ticks, especially if you’re seeing hedgehogs or live close to a park. A single treatment will not protect your dog against future re-infestation by fleas and ticks: they need regular protection at the correct intervals. Your vet knows your dog and will advise you on the right timing to suit his/her lifestyle. If your dog does become infested, rapid treatment is essential to protect him against parasite-related diseases and contamination of your home by fleas. Make sure you don’t forget to treat your dog at the right time. Ask your Which parasites does NexGard protect against? A single treatment will protect your dog against fleas and ticks for 1 month. Regular treatment throughout the year will protect your home from flea infestation. NexGard does not provide worm control and should be used alongside a worm product recommended by your veterinary surgeon. What happens if my dog doesn’t take the chew? NexGard is highly palatable and will be taken voluntarily by most dogs. If your dog is a picky eater and decides not to eat the chew by itself, you can try mixing it with his/her favourite treat. How often can I give NexGard to my dog? NexGard should be given every month to protect your dog against fleas and ticks. Just because you are not seeing parasites on your pet doesn’t mean that they are not being exposed to them whenever they go outdoors and gaps in treatment can lead to home infestation vet practice about a treatment reminder service. What do I need to know about NexGard and parasite control? NexGard starts to kill fleas quickly by causing stimulation of the flea nervous system. You may start to see increased flea activity within 2 hours of treatment. These fleas will rise to the surface of the coat and will fall off and die within 8 hours. If there are already flea eggs and larvae in the home before starting treatment, it can take up to 3 months of monthly treatment before the home infestation starts to resolve. A NEW DEFINITION OF FLEA AND TICK CONTROL Most ticks take up to 10 days of feeding before they detach from an untreated dog. NexGard will kill ticks within 48 hours. The ticks will need to attach and ingest some blood before they die so you may still see some ticks from time to time. Once dead you can carefully remove them using tweezers or a tick hook if they don’t detach on their own. This document has been provided to you by your veterinary surgeon as you have been prescribed NexGard for your dog. PRESCRIBING INFORMATION JANUARY FEBRUARY MAY SEPTEMBER MARCH JUNE OCTOBER APRIL JULY NOVEMBER AUGUST DECEMBER NexGard 11 mg chewable tablets for dogs 2–4 kg; 28 mg chewable tablets for dogs > 4–10 kg; 68 mg chewable tablets for dogs > 10–25 kg; 136 mg chewable tablets for dogs > 25–50 kg. Mottled red to reddish brown, circular or rectangular chewable tablets containing afoxolaner. For treatment of flea infestation in dogs for at least 5 weeks, can be used as part of a treatment strategy for the control of flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). For treatment of tick infestation in dogs (D. reticulatus, I. ricinus, R. sanguineus) for up to one month. Fleas and ticks must attach and commence feeding to be exposed to the active substance. For fleas, the onset of effect is within 8 hours of attachment. For ticks, the onset of effect is within 48 hours of attachment. Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients. Parasites need to start feeding to become exposed to afoxolaner; therefore the risk of the transmission of diseases cannot be excluded. 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 vet. To prevent children from getting access to the product, remove only one tablet at a time from the blister. Return blister with remaining chewable tablets to the carton. Wash hands after handling the product. The safety of the veterinary medicinal product has not been established during pregnancy and lactation or in breeding dogs. Use only according to the benefit-risk assessment by the responsible vet. For oral use. The product should be administered at a dose of 2.7–6.9 mg/ kg bodyweight. For dogs above 50 kg body weight, use an appropriate combination of chewable tablets of different/ same strengths. The tablets should not be divided. If the dog does not accept the tablets they may be administered with food. Treat at monthly intervals throughout the flea and/or tick seasons, based on local epidemiological situations. NexGard contains afoxolaner. Further information is available from Merial Animal Health Ltd., CM19 5TG. Advice on the use of this or alternative medicines must be sought from the medicine prescriber. Legal category: POM-V (UK), POM(Ireland). Use medicines responsibly – www.noah.co/uk/responsible MEC1705 Prescription FOLLOW UP Dog name: ................................................. Owner name: ................................................. HOW TO USE NexGard has been specially designed to be delicious to dogs. It can be given simply as a treat or with food if preferred YOUR VET prescribed Fleas and ticks are more than just a minor It kills fleas for 5 weeks and all major European tick irritation for pets. They can cause anaemia species for 4 weeks. Because it is an oral product, you can stroke or bathe your dog immediately your dog against fleas and ticks after it has taken the treatment. Regular It is available in 4 different shampoos or baths have no impact on sizes to suit all types of dog. its efficacy. Check your dog’s weight to ensure that you are using If there have been gaps in treatment or the correct size chew: if you only treat your dog when you see fleas on him, there may already be tiny, hidden flea pupae in your home when you start treatment with NexGard. Chew size Dogs 2–4 kg 0.5 g Dogs >4–10 kg 1.25 g Dogs >10–25 kg 3g Dogs >25–50 kg 6g NexGard is intended only for dogs. 1 step ahead of fleas and ticks NexGard acts fast against fleas (before they can lay eggs). It should be used once a month, to treat NexGard soft chew KEEP YOUR DOG Newly hatching fleas will then continue to jump onto your dog for several weeks after you start treatment. But don’t worry, these new fleas will die very quickly and the home infestation will be eliminated. Some home infestations can take 2–3 months to resolve so make through their blood sucking, and intense scratching can result in hair loss and sore skin conditions. Fleas also transmit tapeworms and ‘cat scratch disease’, both of which can affect humans. Ticks hide themselves in long grass, parks and gardens, waiting to attach themselves to your pet. When they do, the ticks feed off your pet’s blood and can transfer serious diseases such as Lyme disease, both of which can affect can also affect humans. To minimise the risk of disease you should use a product that kills ticks within 48 hours of them attaching. Ticks should drop off once they’re dead, but if not, try gently pulling them off with a pair of tweezers. If you can’t remove them, ask your vet for help. sure you continue to treat your Fortunately there are steps you can take to dog monthly. protect your pet, family and home from these unwanted intruders.
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