Vectra 3D for dogs needing premium parasite protection

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The following information relates to the usage of Vectra 3D for dogs, including details about the dosage, safety guidelines and side effects.

Vectra 3D is one of many different anti-parasite formulations on the market today. Vectra 3D boasts an ability to kill 6 different types of vector: fleas, ticks, lice, mosquitoes, biting/sand flies and mites (with the exception of mange mites). The product is formed of 3 different active ingredients, the most prevalent being permethrin which acts as a repellent, followed by dinotefuran the flea-killing substance and lastly pyriproxyfen, an insecticide which disrupts growth and development of parasites. Unlike s-methoprene, the substance used in Frontline for dogs, pyroproxyfen does not break down in sunlight.

Vectra 3D dosage for dogs

Vectra 3D is marketed in packages aimed at different sizes of dog. Each applicator is one dose and lasts for a month. The over 95 lbs product provides adequate protection for dogs weighing up to 240 lbs:

  • 2.5 – 20 lbs (for dogs and puppies over 7 weeks of age)
  • 21 – 55 lbs (for dogs and puppies over 7 weeks of age)
  • 56 – 95 lbs
  • over 95 lbs

You should choose the product which corresponds to the size of your dog. To apply Vectra 3D, you should first remove your dog’s collar to ensure the product can adequately spread. Then you should follow the instructions below:

  • Dogs under 35 lbs:

Beginning just a few inches behind the shoulder blades push the applicator tip down to the skin and squeeze the tube. Stripe the product up to the neck of your dog.

  • Dogs over 35 lbs:

Place one drop behind each of your dog’s ears, then, starting at the base of the tail push applicator tip down to the skin and squeeze the tube. Again you should stripe the product up to the neck of your dog.

You should apply Vectra 3D once a month.

Is Vectra 3D safe for dogs?

When applied properly with veterinary approval Vectra 3D is one of the safest flea & tick preventatives on the market. The main ingredient, permethrin is EPA approved and has been tested safe for dogs numerous times during trials. One trial in particular carried out by the NPIC (National Pesticide Information Center) had dogs fed permethrin dosed at 500 mg/kg body weight each day for over 3 months before even mild signs of toxicity became present.

Though there are possible side effects when using products such as Vectra 3D it is important to weigh up the risks and benefits. For example, failing to treat your dog for ticks when your dog is at risk could result in Lyme disease.

Safety precautions

  • For 6 to 8 hours keep your dog away from cats as Vectra 3D is extremely toxic to felines
  • Buy a degreasing shampoo in case you have to remove the product from your dog
  • Consider avoiding use in pregnant or nursing pups
  • Seek veterinary advice and approval before using Vectra 3D
  • Follow the application directions carefully

Keep a close eye on your pet following application of Vectra 3D, particularly if it is the first time you have used the substance on the dog. If adverse side effects occur you should contact your vet immediately. The product can be removed from your dog by using a degreasing shampoo formulated for pets such as Derma-Pet’s pet shampoo. There is currently not enough evidence to definitively prove it is safe for pregnant/nursing dogs so avoiding use in these cases is preferable. Only use Vectra 3D under veterinary guidance.

Uses of Vectra 3D for dogs

Vectra 3D is one of the most effective products for treatment/prevention of:

  • External parasites

If for some reason Vectra 3D is not suitable for your pet, there are other options on the market such as Frontline Plus for dogs.

Side effects of Vectra 3D when given to dogs

The most common side effect of Vectra 3D is a tingling sensation. You should keep your dog distracted with a toy for around 6 hours after application (the time it takes for the product to dry). Once Vectra 3D is dry it cannot be removed by licking or even regular bathing. You can bathe your dog up to once a week whilst retaining the full effects of the substance. Other common side effects include redness, erythema and pruritus. If these signs of sensitivity persist you should call your vet for advice. If any unforeseen adverse side effects become present seek immediate veterinary attention.

Frontline parasite treatment for dogs
Degreasing shampoo for removing Vectra 3D in emergencies

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