Meet the bad guys

Learn more about the bad guys, and how best to protect your dog, family and home from the irritation and diseases they cause.

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Parasites Frustrating fleas

Fleas are notoriously hard to get rid of and can infest carpets and beds. For every 5 fleas seen, there’s 95 eggs, larvae or pupae hiding somewhere.²

1 in 7 dogs are infested with fleas² and over 1 in 10 fleas carry diseases, like Bartonella, which are dangerous for pets and humans.²

It can take up to 10 weeks for a flea egg to develop.³ Monthly treatments may leave gaps in protection, allowing reinfestation to occur. 12-week* Bravecto kills fleas fast4,5 and can break the flea life cycle in just one dose.6,7

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Stage 1

1–10 days

Flea eggs fall from your pet’s fur, landing around your home before hatching into larvae.

Flea life cycle 1

Stage 2

8–84 days

Larvae live in carpets, fabric and small crevices (such as between floorboards) where they can feed on flea dirt and organic material. They form a protective cocoon ready to develop into pupae (young fleas).

Flea life cycle 2

Stage 3

Pupa can remain dormant for up to a year.

Adult fleas emerge in response to heat, carbon dioxide and movement (signs your pet is nearby).

Flea life cycle 3

Stage 4
Adult flea

<12 weeks

Adults infest your pet and begin feeding after 5 minutes. They mate within 24–48 hours with each female producing up to 50 eggs daily (that’s 2500 eggs after 50 days)

Flea life cycle 4

Parasites - ticks Troublesome ticks

Ticks are no longer a seasonal problem⁸ – thriving throughout the year in gardens, wood and fields.

1 in 3 dogs in the UK are infested with ticks.⁹

Ticks are a threat and must be killed before they can transmit diseases¹⁰ (including Lyme disease) to people.¹¹

Tick bites can transmit the parasitic infection Babesiosis,12,13 and 1 in 50 ticks carry Lyme disease¹⁴, a bacterial infection that can transmit to humans (in 36-48 hours)¹⁵. So it’s important to use a product that acts fast. Bravecto starts killing ticks within 4 hours and kills all attached ticks before the transmission window for Lyme disease and Babesiosis.¹⁵ It continues to work for 12 weeks with a single dose.16,17


Where are ticks most likely to be encountered?

Ticks are distributed all over the UK. 9 out of 10 UK ticks were identified as Ixodes ricinus.⁹

Choose your county from the dropdown below or click the area on the map to see the potential tick risk in your area.

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Where can you find ticks on your dog?

A tick can attach itself anywhere on your dog, but there are some spots that seem to entice them more than others. They include: around the eyes, around or inside the ears, in the armpits or groin, between the toes. Take a look in these areas first.

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Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.

If you find a tick attached to skin, simply remove the tick as soon as possible. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but tweezers can work well. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Never crush a tick with your fingers or you risk the mouth-parts breaking off and remaining in the skin.

Parasites - mites Maddening mites

Other parasites can cause problems for your dogs. Demodectic mange is a terrible skin disease caused by Demodex mites. Sarcoptes mites are highly contagious parasites that can causes scabies in humans and sarcoptic mange in dogs (intense itching, redness, hair loss and crusts.) A single dose of Bravecto treats mange and mites with 100% efficacy.5,18


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