Spectra NexGard FAQs: Common Questions and Answers About Your Dog's Protection

4th Dec 2023

Simplify your pet's parasite protection with NexGard Chewables for Dogs. These tasty chewables are designed for dogs' palates, providing an effortless way to safeguard them from various parasites. Choose NexGard for a comprehensive flea and tick treatment that dogs enjoy.

As a responsible pet owner, it’s important to stay informed about the products you use to protect your furry friends. Spectra NexGard is a popular choice for many, but if you have questions, don’t stress - Animal Pharmacy is here to help.

Here, we address some of the most common inquiries to help you make the best decision for your dog's health and safety.

What is NexGard Spectra?

NexGard Spectra is a beef-flavoured treatment that protects against fleas, ticks, mites, heartworm, and intestinal worms for dogs. It should be given monthly throughout the year for consistent protection. 

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How long does it take for NexGard Spectra to work?

The active ingredient in NexGard is absorbed in 4 hours, resulting in rapid protection for your dog. Meaning, your pet will be flea-free in under 8 hours!

How does NexGard Spectra differ from regular NexGard?

While both contain afoxolaner to protect against fleas, ticks, and mites, NexGard Spectra also includes milbemycin oxime for heartworm and intestinal worm protection. This makes NexGard Spectra a more comprehensive option.

How does NexGard Spectra kill fleas?

It works by over-stimulating fleas' nervous systems, causing death within 6-8 hours of administration. This quick action helps prevent flea infestations in your environment.

How should NexGard Spectra be administered?

It can be given as a treat or mixed with food, ensuring your dog consumes the entire dose.

Why is monthly treatment recommended?

Monthly doses ensure continuous protection against parasites.

Should I monitor my dog after giving NexGard Spectra?

Yes, to ensure the full dose is consumed.

At what age can NexGard Spectra be used?

It is safe for puppies from 8 weeks of age, weighing at least 2 kg. Have a small dog? Try our NexGard Spectra small dog 6 pack for dogs 2kg to 3.6kg.

Why might I see more fleas after using NexGard Spectra?

This is due to the hyper-excitation of fleas’ nervous systems before they die, making them more visible.

Is NexGard Spectra effective against Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)?

Yes, its rapid flea-killing action and month-long protection make it ideal for dogs with FAD.

Which tick species does NexGard Spectra target?

It is effective against brown dog ticks, bush ticks, and paralysis ticks, common in Australia.

How long does protection from ticks last with NexGard Spectra?

It provides a month-long protection against ticks. Shop our Nexgard Spectra 3-pack for months of protection.

Does NexGard Spectra protect against mites?

Yes, it treats and controls common mites like Demodex, Sarcoptes, and Otodectes.

How do dogs get heartworm, and how does NexGard Spectra help?

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. NexGard Spectra for dogs prevents your four-legged friend from heartworm disease with regular monthly use.

What are the signs of heartworm disease?

Look out for coughing, difficulty breathing, sluggishness, and decreased exercise energy in your dog.

Can heartworm disease be treated?

While treatable, prevention with NexGard Spectra is safer and more cost-effective.

Can NexGard Spectra be used in dogs with heartworm disease?

In this case, consult your veterinarian, as its safety in heartworm-positive dogs has not been evaluated.

Is NexGard Spectra suitable for dogs with food allergies?

It contains soy proteins but no animal meat proteins and is gluten-free. Use cautiously in dogs with soy hypersensitivity.

What if my dog weighs less than 2kg?

NexGard Spectra is not recommended for dogs under 2kg. Consult your vet for alternative options.

Rely on NexGard for dependable protection against fleas, ticks, and more. We prioritise your pet's health and comfort, offering top-quality products to meet their needs. Explore our NexGard range and find the ideal solution for your dog's parasite prevention. 

NexGard Tick and Flea chewable make safeguarding your pet as simple as offering a tasty treat. They're easy to administer and beloved by dogs, making your role in their health care stress-free.