How Does Nexgard Spectra Work?

By the Easy Protect Team!

If you're in Australia, chances are you've used Nexgard Spectra before to protect you dog. But, have you ever wondered, how does Nexgard Spectra work?


Sure, Nexgard Spectra is just a simple chew on the outside, but the science behind every chew is quiet astounding. So let's dive in, with the most important part of what makes Nexgard Spectra so effective, the active ingredients.


Nexgard Spectra Ingredients


Nexgard Spectra is called a broad-spectrum protection, as it protects against both external and internal parasites. Prior to Nexgard Spectra, Aussie dog owners had to use multiple treatments for the same coverage, and even go to the Vets once a year for a heartworm shot, something Spectra covers!


The active ingredients in Nexgard Spectra are afoxolaner and milbemycin oxime, and they work together to combat a variety of common canine parasites including Australia's deadly flea, ticks and worms. 


How does Nexgard Spectra work?


NexGard Spectra is not unlike the protection us humans use to protect against hooping cough, flu, covid and more. The main difference, is that Spectra is a simple monthly chew that is administer orally for your dog's protection. 


When one of the parasites that the Nexgard Spectra monthly treatment protects against bites or infects your dog, the active ingredients afoxolaner and milbemycin oxime get to work. 


The parasites Nexgard Spectra is effective against include fleas, ticks including paralysis ticks (big one), mites like ear mites, and certain internal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and heartworms.


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What does Nexgard Spectra cover?


Nexgard Spectra is a broad-spectrum, chewable tablet that is administered orally to your dog. Here's a list of the Aussie parasites it protects against, and how it work:

  1. Flea and Tick Control:

    • NexGard Spectra contains the active ingredient afoxolaner, which is an insecticide and acaricide. When your dog ingests the tablet, afoxolaner is absorbed into their bloodstream.

    • When fleas or ticks bite your dog, they ingest afoxolaner while feeding on your dog's blood. Afoxolaner interferes with the system of these parasites.

    • These active ingredients effectively kills fleas and ticks that come into contact with your dog.


  2. Intestinal Worm Control:

    • In addition to afoxolaner, NexGard Spectra contains another active ingredient called milbemycin oxime.

    • Milbemycin oxime is an antiparasitic agent that targets internal parasites. It acts by interfering with the system of various intestinal worms, including roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

    • This helps prevent and treat infestations of these common intestinal parasites in dogs.


  3. Heartworm Prevention:

    • Milbemycin oxime, one of the active ingredients in NexGard Spectra, also provides protection against heartworm disease.

    • Heartworms are transmitted through mosquito bites, and they can cause serious and potentially fatal heart and lung issues in dogs.

    • Milbemycin oxime is effective at killing the immature heartworm larvae (microfilariae) that may be present in your dog's bloodstream, preventing the development of heartworm disease.


Do I need to give my dog Nexgard Spectra on an ongoing basis?


Yes, Nexgard Spectra should be administered monthly for effective and continuous protection against our deadly Aussie parasites. That's where a service like Easy Protect comes in really handy.


Of course, always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian and on the product label when using Nexgard Spectra to ensure your dog's safety and optimal parasite control. It's crucial to consult with your veterinarian before starting any medication to determine the most appropriate and safe treatment for your dog, as individual factors, such as age, weight, and health status, can influence the dosage and administration schedule.


How do I choose the right Nexgard Spectra weight?


Choosing the right Nexgard Spectra weight range for your dog is essential, and the appropriate weight range is based on your dog's body weight.


Here are the 5 Nexgard Spectra weight options: 


Nexgard Spectra Extra Small Dog and Pup, from 2 - 3.5kg

Nexgard Spectra Small Dog and Pup, from 3.6 - 7.5kg

Nexgard Spectra Medium Dog, from 7.6 - 15kg

Nexgard Spectra Large Dog, from 15.1 - 30kg

Nexgard Spectra Extra Large Dog, from 30.1 - 60kg


Here are steps to help you choose the correct Nexgard Spectra weight range:


1) Weigh Your Dog:
Use a reliable and accurate scale to weigh your dog. Ensure your dog is standing still and that you obtain the most accurate weight measurement possible. It's a good idea to weigh your dog periodically to ensure that you always use the correct dosage.


2) Choose the Appropriate Weight Range:
Based on your dog's weight, select the Nexgard Spectra product that falls within the correct weight range. Ensure that the tablet's strength matches your dog's weight as closely as possible to provide the most accurate and effective dosage.


3) If unsure, Consult Your Veterinarian:
Your veterinarian is the best source of guidance for selecting the right Nexgard Spectra weight range for your dog. They can provide personalised recommendations based on your dog's specific needs, health status, and any potential interactions with other medications.


Remember that using the correct dosage is crucial to your dog's safety and the effectiveness of the treatment. Avoid splitting tablets or guessing the dosage, as this can lead to under-dosing or overdosing.


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Conclusion: How does nexgard spectra work?


Nexgard Spectra is a highly effective, easy-to-administer solution that offers comprehensive protection for your dog against a wide range of internal and external parasites.


By using afoxolaner and milbemycin oxime as its active ingredients, Nexgard Spectra not only kills and prevents fleas and ticks but also protects against heartworm and common intestinal worms. This ensures that your dog remains healthy and parasite-free.


When considering the question, "How does Nexgard Spectra work?" the answer lies in its dual-action approach that covers the most common and troublesome parasites. However, as always, be sure to consult with your veterinarian to determine the most suitable parasite prevention plan for your dog, and ensure that Nexgard Spectra is used according to their recommendations.


With this exceptional product, and a service like Easy Protect, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you're taking proactive steps to protect your dog from the dangers of parasites with rapid protection.

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About the Author, Dr. Tegan and our petcare team.

Over 1,000 dogs a week go to Aussie Vet clinics - from owners forgetting their dog's parasite prevention. That's why Dr Tegan helped start Easy Protect, and her team love writing helpful articles for Aussie dog owners.

About the Author, Dr. Tegan and our petcare team.

Over 1,000 dogs a week go to Aussie Vet clinics - from owners forgetting their dog's parasite prevention. That's why Dr Tegan helped start Easy Protect, and her team love writing helpful articles for Aussie dog owners.