Nexgard for Dogs
- Nexgard FAQ
Treatment ForFlea & Tick
Health BenefitsExternal Parasite Protection
Product TypeChewable Tablet
Parasites CoveredFleas, Ticks
Minimum Age8 Weeks
Minimum Weight4 Pounds
Protects ForOne month
Can Be Given Without FoodYes
Safe For Pregnant DogsNo
Recommended For8 weeks and older puppies
Time to take effectKills insects within 24 hours
Nexgard Flea, Tick Monthly Chew for Dogs
NexGard chewable is a monthly oral treatment for fleas and ticks in dogs. It comes in a soft and tasty beef-flavored chew that protects dogs for one full month. Being the number one choice of vets, it destroys adult fleas before they can even lay eggs, thus preventing flea infestations. This effective and palatable formula kills American dog ticks, Black-legged ticks, Lone star ticks, and Brown dog ticks. NexGard prevents flea-borne and tick-borne diseases like flea allergy dermatitis and Lyme disease in dogs.
NexGard chewable is very easy and convenient to dose, as its delicious beefy flavor is loved by all dogs. You can give it to your dog with food, or just offer it as a treat! Fleas and ticks are more active in the summer, but if they find their way into your warm home during the winter, they will feast on your dog. Most veterinarians recommend treating your dog for fleas and ticks once a month regularly without missing any months.
How Nexgard Chewable Works?
NexGard contains afoxolaner as its main ingredient. Afoxolaner for dogs kills fleas and ticks by over-stimulating their nervous systems. When you treat your dog with a NexGard chew, its active ingredient, afoxolaner, enters the bloodstream of the dog and fights fleas and ticks whenever they bite your dog.
It works fast and destroys 100% of fleas within 24 hours of administration. One NexGard chew provides full protection against fleas and ticks for 30 days.
NexGard Dosage for Dogs
NexGard chews are available in different color-coded packs, varying according to the weight of the dogs. Select the appropriate pack as per the weight of your dog. One NexGard chew should be dosed orally once a month at a minimum dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg).
For Small Dogs:Give one chew of NexGard (Orange Pack) to extra small dogs weighing between 4-10 lbs each month. It contains 11mg of afoxolaner per chew.
For Medium Dogs:Medium dogs weighing between 10.1-24 lbs should be given one chew of NexGard (Blue Pack) each month. It contains 28mg of afoxolaner per chew.
For Large Dogs: Medium sized dogs weighing between 24.1-60 lbs should receive one chew of NexGard (Purple Pack) each month. It contains 68mg of afoxolaner per chew.
For Extra Large Dogs: Every month, give one NexGard (Red Pack) chew to large dogs weighing 60.1 to 121 lbs. It contains 136mg of afoxolaner per chew.
What You Should Know: The easy to administer oral chew is safe for all breeds of dogs. It is approved to be used in puppies 8 weeks of age or older. Pets with a history of seizure should only be treated after consulting a vet.Please consult your vet before buying this product.
Important Note: Merial is now acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim. So, the manufacturer’s name on product packs may vary according to the available stock.
- For different dog weights, Nexgard is available in different packs.
- According to your dog weight, select the pack.
- Administer Nexgard directly into the mouth or mix it in dog’s food.
- Ensure your pet completes the meal for full dosage.
- Repeat the treatment every month on the same date.
- Keep it away from children and pets.
- Store it in a cool and dry place.
- For dogs use only.
- Hyper sensitive pets may show adverse reactions like vomiting, lethargy, weight loss, flaky skin, diarrhea etc. Immediately consult a vet for this.
- Avoid giving to pets allergic to pork.
- Do not use in pregnant, lactating and breeding dogs.
- Do not administer if the pet is allergic to any of the ingredients of the chew
- In case, your dog is having a history of epilepsy or seizures or ataxia or muscle tremors please administer Nexgard only after a vet’s advice.
Nexgard: Key Takeaways
- Bite-sized flea and tick treatment
- Fast acting formula kills both fleas and ticks
- Safe and effective for full 30 days
- Destroys existing adult fleas within 8 hours of administration
- Prevents flea allergy dermatitis and flea infestation
- Safe for all dog breeds including collies
- Tasty beef-flavoured chew is liked by dogs
What is Nexgard?
Nexgard is a tasty, beef-flavored ectoparasitic oral treatment for dogs that provides protection against fleas and ticks for one month
How soon can I start treating my dog with Nexgard?
Nexgard for dogs is recommended for use in 8 weeks and older puppies and dogs, weighing 4 lbs or greater
What does Nexgard for dogs contain?
Nexgard for dogs contains Afoxolaner as an active ingredient and the minimum recommended dosage is 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg)
How does Nexgard work?
Nexgard Chewable contains afoxolaner as an active ingredient which is an ectoparasiticide. After administration, this active component is quickly absorbed into the dog's bloodstream. As soon as parasites (fleas and ticks) take the blood meal from the host dog, they ingest afoxolaner which causes over-stimulation of the parasites' nervous system causing paralysis and death of these insects in the end
What does Nexgard protect against?
Nexgard for dogs kills fleas and ticks for one month
It kills fleas before they can lay eggs and thus prevents flea infestations. This oral formula also treats and controls Black-legged tick (Deer tick), American Dog tick, Lone Star tick and Brown dog tick infestations
Due to its Black-legged tick (Deer tick) killing ability, Nexgard is also useful in the prevention of Lyme disease
How often should Nexgard be given to dogs?
Nexgard is a monthly flea and tick treatment for dogs. One chewable every month should be given to dogs throughout the year to achieve optimum flea and tick control
How soon does Nexgard begin killing parasites?
Nexgard for dogs acts fast. It starts killing fleas within four hours and achieves over 95% flea efficacy within eight hours after administration. It is known to kill more than 90% of ticks within 48 hours post-administration
I treated my dog with Nexgard; why am I still seeing fleas on this dog?
Adult fleas found on pets only make up 5% of the total flea population and the rest 95% include flea-developing stages such as flea eggs, larvae, and pupae, Flea eggs, larvae, and pupae can be seen anywhere in the house where the infested pet spends time. As your pet moves through these areas, newly emerged fleas jump on the pet. Nexgard will kill these fleas before they can reproduce
To prevent new fleas from infesting your dog, it is recommended to continue using Nexgard throughout the year
Is there a specific season or time of the year I can start using Nexgard on my dog?
There’s no particular season or time to start treating your dog with Nexgard. In fact, the treatment with Nexgard can begin at any time of the year after consulting with a veterinarian
My dog doesn't go outside. Do I still need to give Nexgard to this dog?
Dogs are always at risk of flea and tick infestations
Dogs can catch fleas and ticks when they go out for their business. Also, fleas get free rides into your home from people going out and then jump on your dog to infest them. The infested pet spreads flea eggs all around the house which later mature into adults and cause problems for your pet
Is Nexgard safe for my dog?
Yes, Nexgard for dogs is highly effective and safe when used in puppies and dogs aged 8 weeks and older, weighing 4lbs or more in body weight
How long before a dog can go for a swim or be bathed after being treated with Nexgard?
Since Nexgard is not a topical treatment, a dog can go for a swim or be bathed right after being treated with Nexgard as it will not impact the efficacy of the treatment
What is the best way to give Nexgard to my dog?
Nexgard should be given orally, directly into dog's mouth for chewing, once every month. Alternatively, it can be given with the dog food as well. However, it needs to be ensured that the dog finishes the meal and completes the dose
My dog vomited after having Nexgard dose; what should I do?
If vomiting occurs within two hours of Nexgard dosage administration, give another full dose. If your dog vomits after two or more hours, reach out to your veterinarian for help
Can I use Nexgard with other treatments?
A study reported that Nexgard can be used in conjunction with other treatments including vaccines, antibiotics, NSAIDS, etc. without any adverse reactions in dogs
Can I give my dog a flea bath while on Nexgard?
Flea bath can be used to eliminate the fleas that are on your pet however, this may not have a residual effect on fleas that are present in the environment. Consult a veterinarian and discuss concurrent treatment options you can use with Nexgard to control the environmental flea population
How long does Nexgard last?
A single dose of Nexgard protects your dogs against fleas and ticks for one month
My dog is less than 2kg (4lbs), can I use Nexgard or Nexgard Spectra?
Nexgard and Nexgard Spectra can be administered to puppies and dogs from 8 weeks of age, weighing at least 2kg in body weight
My dog is pregnant; can I treat him with Nexgard for fleas?
The safe use of Nexgard has not been evaluated in pregnant, breeding, or lactating dogs. Consult a veterinarian for expert advice about this
Are there any specific storage guidelines for Nexgard?
Yes, Nexgard chewable should be stored at or below 30°C (86°F) with excursions permitted up to 40°C (104°F)
I have a cat and a dog. Can I use Nexgard on my cat too?
No, Nexgard for dogs is not recommended for use on cats
I missed a Nexgard dose on my dog; what should I do now?
If you miss administering a dose, give one Nexgard chew as soon as you recall dosing and continue with the monthly dosing schedule
My dog had an adverse reaction to Nexgard; what should I do?
In case of any adverse reactions after using Nexgard, immediately consult a veterinarian