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The Ruff Report: Dog owners have new weapon in fight against ticks and fleas

The never-ending battle to keep those pesky fleas and blood-sucking ticks off your dog may have gotten a little bit easier for dog owners. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-its-kind oral medication that combats fleas and ticks for up to three months.

Bravecto, a chewable tablet made by Merck Animal Health, can be used in place of the spot-on topical flea and tick products that pet parents have relied on for many years. Most topical treatments are liquids that are applied to a dog's skin, usually on the back in between the shoulders.

According to the FDA, fluralaner - the active ingredient in Bravecto - prevents fleas for 12 weeks; treats and controls the brown dog tick, American dog tick and deer tick for 12 weeks; and treats and controls the lone star tick for 8 weeks. It requires a prescription from a veterinarian for its use.

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Bravecto is a breakthrough innovation that offers pet owners and veterinarians something that no other product does – the longest-lasting oral flea and tick prevention currently available,” Merck Animal Health official KJ Varma said in a media release.

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Kathleen Heaney, a veterinarian at Merck Animal Health, says the tablet is easy to administer and lasts up to three times longer than monthly topical treatments. “Effective flea and tick control used regularly is a crucial part of a pet’s overall health regimen,” she said.

The Ruff Report is a column that appears on, a blog written by Joseph A. Reppucci, a retired editor from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. Reppucci worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He is the author of the book, The Hunt of Her Life, a heartwarming story about his once-in-a-lifetime rescue dog. Find it on and


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