Ingelheim, a global leader in animal health, has launched the parasite
treatment, NexGard® COMBO for cats. With nearly 20 years of expertise in
preventing parasites such as fleas, ticks, Lyme disease and more in dogs, NexGard®
now adds a feline-specific product to the NexGard® family. The new treatment is
designed to safeguard cats from a wider range of parasites than any other
product on the market, covering both external parasites and internal parasites
such as fleas, ticks, ear mites, face mange, hookworm, roundworm, vesical worm,
lungworm, heartworm prevention, as well as tapeworm infections that affect
their health and quality of life.
infections are common in cats and prevalent across Asia. According to an epidemiological
study of over 1,000 cats in eastern and Southeast Asia, 43% of pet cats suffer
from external parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites and 14% harbour deadly
internal parasites such as hookworm, heartworm and roundworm.[i]
Ingelheim has always been on the cutting edge of research and development in
the parasiticide space. Trusted by pet owners and veterinarians alike, our
NexGard® family of products is currently ranked top in pet parasiticide sales
worldwide. In Asia where over 26% of pet owners have cats[ii], we are thrilled to
expand our feline parasite prevention line-up, which includes Broadline® and
FRONTLINE PLUS® Cat, with NexGard® COMBO for cats. It is an
innovative one-and-done formula with esafoxolaner, the first isoxazoline parasiticide
formulated for cats plus eprinomectin and praziquantel for the broadest
external and internal parasite coverage to date,” said Sukje Sung, Head of
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc.
Common misconceptions about parasites in
infections are often disregarded as trivial issues but can cause serious health
complications in cats such as bloody diarrhea, dehydration, skin inflammation
and anaemia. Ear mites are common causes of feline ear infections which are
often picked up when roaming outdoors and can cause itchiness, inflammation and
swelling of the ear canal.3 Additionally, some internal parasites
such as hookworms can attach themselves to the intestines and to feed on the
blood of cats. Left untreated, hookworm infections can result in potentially
life-threatening blood loss, weakness, and malnutrition.4
the high prevalence of parasite infections, many pet owners remain unaware of
how common they are. In fact, according to veterinary specialist Dr. Ross
Antonio Banayo, Technical Manager for the Companion Animal Business Segment of
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. pet owners remain
misinformed about how these parasites are transmitted and impact their cats.
These common misconceptions include:
that are kept indoors are not susceptible to parasite infections and do not
require regular veterinary visits.
only require treatment when they are infected with parasites. Preventive
treatment is not necessary.
infections are self-limiting and do not cause serious health issues.
of ticks and fleas can be effectively managed with parasite prevention shampoos
to Dr. Ross Antonio Banayo, Technical Manager for the Companion Animal Business
Segment of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. “Parasite
infections can be particularly dangerous for cats. Common feline behaviors
like grooming and roaming outdoors put them at a higher risk of contracting a
variety of parasites. Often, cats only present with symptoms much later into
the infection, resulting in worse complications. This highlights the need for
us to change perceptions and move towards a preventive approach to parasite
infections to safeguard their health.”
Parasites can be transmitted and affect human health too
infections not only impact the health of cats but can be transmitted to humans
to cause complications such as skin infections, anaemia, gastrointestinal
disturbances and more. Fortunately, transmission can be effectively prevented
by administering regular parasiticide treatment for cats and adhering to
regular follow-ups with a veterinarian.
lives of pets and humans are so deeply interconnected that their health issues
can impact our own. Just as we are shifting towards a preventive approach to
human health, NexGard® COMBO is our preventive solution to preserve the health
of cats. It represents the next step that we are taking to improve the health
of animals across the region and drive a positive impact on our own health into
the future,” said Sung.
The monthly treatment protects
pet cats and their households from the deadly, debilitating, and transmittable
internal and external parasites.
Important Safety Information
COMBO is for topical use only in cats. The most frequently reported adverse
reactions include vomiting, application site reactions, and anorexia. If
ingested, hypersalivation may occur.
contact with application site for 4 hours or until visibly dry.
is a member of the isoxazoline class. This class has been associated with
neurologic adverse reactions including tremors, ataxia, and seizures in cats
with or without a history of seizures.
caution in cats with a history of seizures or neurologic disorders.
safety of NexGard® COMBO has been tested and is approved in breeding, pregnant,
or lactating queen (cats) in the Philippines. The safety of the product has not
been established in breeding male cats.
COMBO is for use in cats 8 weeks of age and older, weighing 0.8 kg or more.
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About NexGard® COMBO
offers the broadest spectrum protection for kittens from eight weeks age and
adult cats against external and internal parasites including adult fleas, flea
eggs, ticks, ear mites, face mange, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms,
lungworms, vesical worms, and tapeworms.
eliminates ear mites, face mange, fleas and ticks, prevents heartworm disease,
and treats hookworm, roundworm, vesical worm, lungworm, as well as tapeworm infections.
Active ingredients are esafoxolaner (the new generation of afoxolaner),
eprinomectin, and praziquantel.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation
for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For
veterinarians, pet owners, farmers, and governments in more than 150 countries,
we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve
the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock. As a global
leader in the animal health industry and as part of family-owned Boehringer
Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. The lives of animals and humans are
interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy,
humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and
Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innovation, we enhance
the health and well-being of both. For more information visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/animal-health.
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4 American Veterinary
Medical Association. Parasites in cats and dogs. Available from https://ebusiness.avma.org/files/productdownloads/LR_COM_ClientBroch_InternalParasites.pdf Accessed May