Generic placeholder image

Control of parasites is a year round problem for all dogs. Treating for just external OR internal parasites only deals with half the problem. With NEXGARD SPECTRA, your dog is protected both internally and externally, all in one delicious chew.

nexgard spectra works by combining two active ingredients:
external

Afoxolaner

For fast and convenient protection
against fleas and ticks

internal

Milbemycin oxime

For effective protection against roundworms, hook-
worms and whipworms

here’s a little more info on the most common nasties:

Fleas

Fleas are more than just a nuisance. You can see how distressing the itching can be, but fleas can also cause skin problems and even transmit disease. Fleas not only live on your dog, but in their environment too – their bedding, the carpet and more! If you want to get rid of fleas you need to kill the ones on your dog and those living in your home. Fleas aren’t just a problem in summer – to stay flea-free, you need to use flea control all year round.

NEXGARD SPECTRA kills fleas fast, within 6 to 12 hours all month long.
Rapid action and consistent treatment kills newly acquired fleas before they can lay eggs.

Ticks

Ticks are an increasing problem in New Zealand. Your dog can pick up ticks not only in rural areas, but in urban parks and gardens too. The most common time for ticks is between late Spring and early Autumn, but they can be active during colder months year round. Ticks use your dog as a host, and attach themselves by biting through their skin and cementing themselves in place. Ticks can cause irritation, lead to an abscess, and cause anaemia in large numbers on young animals. For peace of mind, check your dog regularly for ticks and use monthly tick protection, all year round.

Worms

ROUNDWORMS, HOOKWORMS AND WHIPWORMS

If dogs pick up worms, it’s usually through infected dog faeces in the soil – anywhere from the backyard to the dog park. Dogs may be able to cope with the effects of a few parasitic worms, but in high numbers they can rob your dog of important nutrients and cause their health to suffer. Roundworm, hookworm and whipworm are the common worms present in New Zealand. Worms can be passed to humans from contact with soil or grass contaminated with infected dog faeces. Regular deworming keeps your dog healthy and helps protect your family from zoonotic worms.

95% of their flea problem goes unseen

The fleas that you see on your pooch are only 5% of the problem. Dogs pick up new fleas that come from larvae, pupae and eggs in their environment. So it’s important to treat monthly, all year long.

FAQ

What is it?

NEXGARD SPECTRA provides the MOST complete protection against fleas, ticks and intestinal worms for a full month, in one tasty beef-flavoured chew. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

How does it differ from NEXGARD Chewables?

Like NEXGARD Chewables, NEXGARD SPECTRA contains afoxolaner, providing the same excellent level of protection against fleas and ticks. Additionally, it contains the active ingredient milbemycin oxime, which provides protection against intestinal worms, making it the most complete protection against fleas, ticks and intestinal worms in just one tasty chew. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

How long does it protect my dog from fleas and ticks?

NEXGARD SPECTRA will protect your dog from fleas and ticks for a full month. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

How does it kill fleas?

NEXGARD SPECTRA kills fleas by over-stimulating their nervous system resulting in hyper-excitation and death. Following administration, fleas are killed within 6–8 hours. The rapid onset of action kills newly acquired fleas before they can lay eggs. Monthly use is recommended to combat reinfestation and prevent further contamination of the environment with eggs.

Why may I see more fleas on my pet after administering the chew?

As NEXGARD SPECTRA over-stimulates the flea’s nervous system resulting in hyper-excitation, you may see fleas rise to the top of your dog’s coat and appear more visible as they die.

Is it effective when heavy flea infestations exist?

Yes, NEXGARD SPECTRA kills fleas rapidly before they lay eggs, therefore preventing further infestation of the environment. If a moderate to heavy environmental infestation exists, fleas can continue to emerge into the surroundings for weeks to months because of the continuing development of flea eggs, larvae and pupae already present at the time of treatment, a phenomenon known as ‘re-emergence’. It may therefore take more than one monthly treatment to achieve control of moderate to heavy flea infestations. In areas where fleas are common year-round, monthly treatment should continue throughout the year without interruption. To minimise the likelihood of flea re-infestation, it is important to treat all animals within a household with an approved flea control product. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

My dog has flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). Does it help to control this?

NEXGARD SPECTRA is an ideal choice for dogs with flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) due to its rapid speed of flea kill and month long efficacy. For dogs with a flea allergy, monthly treatment should continue throughout the year without interruption. To minimise the likelihood of flea re-infestation, it is important to treat all animals within a household with an approved flea control product. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

Is it effective against intestinal worms?

NEXGARD SPECTRA treats and controls roundworm, hookworm and whipworm in dogs.

How do I dose my dog?

NEXGARD SPECTRA is a soft beef-flavoured chew that is for oral consumption only. For ease of dosing, it can be given with or without food. Remove only one chew at a time from the foil-backed blister card. It is a highly palatable chew that is readily consumed by dogs when offered as a treat. Alternatively, it may be added to a small amount of dog food. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

Does it need to be given with food?

Unlike some treatments, NEXGARD SPECTRA does not need to be given with food. You can choose to give the chew to your dog any time that suits you, with or without food.
See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

What age can it be used from?

NEXGARD SPECTRA can be given to your puppy from just 8 weeks of age, providing it weighs at least 2 kg. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

How do I dose a dog that weighs more than 60 kg?

For dogs >60 kg, administer an appropriate combination of chews, e.g. for a 75 kg dog, administer one 30.1–60 kg chew together with one 7.6–15 kg chew. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

What kind of dogs can be given the chew?

NEXGARD SPECTRA is safe for all breeds and puppies from just 8 weeks of age and 2kg or more. If you have any concerns, please speak to your veterinarian.
See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

How long after administering it can my dog be bathed or go swimming?

NEXGARD SPECTRA is not affected by bathing, swimming or shampooing – unlike some topical formulations or collars. You can be confident that your dog can exercise, play on furniture or with children straight after dosing!
See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

Can it be administered to dogs with food allergies?

NEXGARD SPECTRA is a vegetable-based chew with soy proteins. It does not contain animal meat protein, including the beef flavouring, and is gluten free. Use with caution in dogs with a known hypersensitivity to soy.

Can it be administered to cats or other pets?

No. NEXGARD SPECTRA must only be used for dogs. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

What are my options if my dog is pregnant or lactating?

The use of NEXGARD SPECTRA has not been evaluated in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs. Consult your veterinarian for advice on suitable treatment options. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

Can I use it if my dog is on other medications?

Specific studies investigating the concurrent use of NEXGARD SPECTRA with other medications have not been conducted. However, in field studies, the chew was well tolerated by dogs receiving a wide variety of concurrent medications, including anaesthetics, pain-killers, dewormers, antibiotics, cardiac medications, diuretics, anti-inflammatories, sedatives and vaccines. There are no specific warnings or contraindications on the product label regarding the use of NEXGARD SPECTRA with any other medications. If you have any concerns, please speak to your veterinarian. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

What side effects may I see?

NEXGARD SPECTRA has been shown to be safe in various breeds of dogs (including Collie breeds) and in puppies 8 weeks and older. Afoxolaner, one of the two active ingredients, is part of the isoxazoline family of chemicals. Adverse reactions to this family of chemicals are rarely observed but may include vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of energy, reduced appetite and itching. Most adverse reactions are self-limiting and of short duration. If you have any concerns, please speak to your veterinarian. See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

What should I do if my dog experiences an unexpected reaction?

If you believe your dog has reacted unexpectedly following ingestion of NEXGARD SPECTRA please speak to your veterinarian or contact Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Technical Services on 0800 800 822.
Adverse reactions are rarely observed, generally self-limiting and of short duration. In clinical studies, no serious adverse reactions were observed following the administration of NEXGARD SPECTRA.
See product label for full claim details and usage instructions.

Why doesn’t it cover tapeworms?

The active ingredient used to control tapeworms (praziquantel) is bitter and may compromise palatability and reduce compliance. The most common tapeworm species found in New Zealand dogs is the flea tapeworm. Effective flea control has been shown to reduce the likelihood of flea tapeworm infection. If you believe your dog has a high risk of exposure to other tapeworm species, please speak to your veterinarian.

Is it harmful to cats?

NEXGARD SPECTRA is not registered in cats and its safety in cats has not been evaluated. If your cat does ingest a chew, please contact your Veterinarian.

Is it harmful to humans if accidentally ingested?

NEXGARD SPECTRA may cause gastrointestinal disturbances if ingested. In case of accidental ingestion, particularly in the case of children, seek medical advice immediately and provide the product label to the doctor. Alternatively contact the Poisons Information Centre on 0800 POISON (0800 764 766). See product label for user safety directions. To reduce the risk of accidental ingestion, keep out of reach of children, remove only one chewable at a time from the foil-backed blister card and administer to the dog immediately after removal from the packaging. Any suspected human adverse events should be reported, regardless of the time frame, to Boehringer Ingelheim Technical Services on 0800 800 822.