Vectra 3D for Dogs

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Safe to Use Flea Drop?

Flea drops tend to get a bad rap because a select few of them really are dangerous.

The vast majority of spot-on treatments are as safe as any other pesticide, but the problem is that it’s tough to tell which ones are OK and which ones aren’t.

That’s what we’re here for. We’re investigating each flea drop in order to determine which ones are safe and which ones you should avoid. Today we’re discussing the side effects of Vectra 3D.

Just in case you’re not sure what it is, Vectra 3D is a flea drop for dogs that’s only available by prescription. It claims to kill and repel:

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Mosquitoes
  • Lice
  • Fleas
  • Mites

The active ingredients are dinotefuran, which is a neurotoxin, pyriproxyfen which is an insect growth inhibitor, and permethrin, an insecticide and repellent.

Vectra 3D Side Effects

The most common side effects of Vectra 3D are redness, irritation and/or itching at administration site. This generally goes away within a few hours, and no later than a few days after you apply it.

Some of the less common side effects of Vectra 3D include:

  • Lethargy
  • Increased verbalization
  • Seizures
  • Drooling
  • Decreased coordination
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

If your dog experiences any of these side effects, you need to wash the Vectra 3D off of him and contact your vet to make sure that there’s nothing seriously wrong.

Though these side effects are rare, they can be life-threatening. Because Vectra 3D is extremely effective and these side effects are so rare, every legitimate website that I could find agreed that the product is safe for use.

For the majority of animals, Vectra 3D is a safe, effective product to use as part of your pest control program but it is a chemical that can hurt your dog if he’s sensitive to the ingredients.

Also, permethrin, one of the three ingredients, is poisonous to cats so you may want to try a different product on your dog if you have a cat.

All things considered, we give Vectra 3D a thumbs up.

If you’ve used Vectra 3D with your dog, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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