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Day 1 vs Now
Darby was in bad shape when he came to us, but with the help of BRAVECTO, he made a stunning recovery!

If it’s a day that ends in a “y” here in Florida, it’s flea and tick season. The parasitic forces that would like to, literally, eat our dogs alive are a constant threat that requires us to use year round protection!



Since I was a child, Flea and tick treatment time meant a bit of displeasure for our poor dogs in order to, somewhat, prevent the torture of these parasitic annoyances.

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Stinky Collars and gross, gooey stuff  on the back of their necks are the memories that really stick out in my mind. I remember that whenever we went any where near the woods, it would be like our dog wasn’t protected at all. We would constantly be bathing and/or picking ticks off of her.  I grew up in the Maryland,  so when I first made it to Florida to experience the state’s  fleas and ticks, I realized that Maryland couldn’t hold a candle to Florida’s version of the pests.

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I’ve since become aware of the fact that Florida is basically a giant swamp.  A veritable heaven on earth for all things insect.

I watch nature documentaries for entertainment–#nerd– and, before moving here, I would always scoff at how some of the filmmakers would complain about the bugs in tropical regions.  I would now like to extend my deepest, heartfelt apologies to those men and woman, because now I know, all too well, what they were going through.

But there is light at the end of the flea and tick tunnel.  As with most things, science has given us a supreme defense against the insect forces that would see fit to colonize our pups!  BRAVECTO®(FLURALANER) is a chewable tablet–“yummy treat” in dog language– that controls flea and ticks for *12 weeks!

Before we get into why BRAVECTO is our choice for flea and tick management for our dogs, we need to answer one extremely important question first.


This is always my first question when giving anything to my dogs.  A product could actually cause gold to fall out of their rear ends, if it was unsafe, my dogs would not be pooping with the Mida’s touch.

I did a little digging. This study, this study, and this study(FDA) all concluded that Fluralaner(the active ingredient in BRAVECTO) was safe. One of them tested dosages that were way over the recommended amount without any clinical safety concerns. That is enough evidence for me to feel comfortable giving it to our dogs.

As with anything, some mild side effects were reported with the use of BRAVECTO.  The most common adverse reactions recorded in clinical trials were vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, lethargy, polydipsia, and flatulence.

The one caveat to the safety of BRAVECTO is that it should not be administered to dogs that are younger than 6 months or under 4.4 lbs.  This has to do with the growth rate over the 12 week period of effectiveness.

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The Lowdown

BRAVECTO starts killing fleas within 2 hours of being administered and eradicates them completely within 12 hours.  It is FDA approved, avoids protection lapses that monthly treatments, inevitably, leave.  BRAVECTO also controls the pesky lone star tick for 8 weeks!

I have read the evidence, seen the effectiveness with my own eyes, and feel absolutely  comfortable in recommending BRAVECTO to our readers as a safe, effective defense against fleas and ticks!  When you find yourself at your wit’s end having tried collars, sprays, etc without getting rid of your dog’s infestation, BRAVECTO is the answer to problems.

Mama Coral has alot more to worry about than a turtle here in FL.
Mama Coral has a lot more to worry about than a turtle here in FL.


BRAVECTO is only available by veterinary prescription, so use this vet locator or schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian so that you can get your dog on the treatment ASAP! The manufacturers also provide dog owners with a rewards program to earn cash back for protecting your dog from fleas and ticks(no brainer, right?)


DISCLAIMER: *Bravecto kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. Bravecto also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.

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If you are like us, more information is always better than less! That’s why we compiled a list of other blog posts for you to really figure out if BRAVECTO is right for your dog!



2 replies on “The Attack is Imminent! Be ready with #12Bravecto!”

    1. Safety is always such a major concern when deciding on a course of treatment for anything. I was so glad to see such a large body of research that showed BRAVECTO as safe(I linked to 3 of them, but there were at least 30 more that I came across). I was just playing outside with the dogs and it feels like being inside a volcano that has made it’s home on the surface of the sun!

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