DULUTH, Ga., July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NexGard, the first flea and tick killer in a beef-flavored chew, won the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award in the Household category for flea and tick control. Consumers across America have voted NexGard (afoxolaner) as the "Best New Flea and Tick Control Product" for dogs.
NexGard, a Merial product, kills adult fleas before they lay eggs, as well as treats and controls ticks – all in a tasty, soft chew that dogs love. 
"Warmer weather is here, and so are fleas and ticks—the common enemies of all dogs," said Dr. Michael Murray, Technical Marketing Director at Merial. "NexGard is an effective product that's easy to give and kills these blood-sucking parasites quickly. With NexGard, dog owners have a palatable beef-flavored chew that dogs love2, kills fleas fast before they can lay eggs, and is effective against both fleas and ticks for a full 30 days."
NexGard is a prescription-only product sold through veterinarians, and comes with the full support of Merial for veterinarians and dog owners, as well as the SATISFACTION PLUS GUARANTEE™. For more information, view Full Details.
"We're proud to offer veterinarians a flea and tick control option that pet owners are clearly excited about giving their dogs," said Nicole Malik, Brand Director for NexGard. "Receiving this award is a true honor because it is voted on by consumers."
About Fleas and Ticks
Fleas are more than just a nuisance. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), flea bites can cause anemia and, in rare cases, even death. In addition, frequent scratching from these itchy pests can cause hair loss and other skin problems.
While fleas may appear more prevalent in the warmer months, it is important to take steps to prevent infestations throughout the year. While the length of flea season varies depending on your location, fleas can hide in small, warm spaces and can live inside houses all year long no matter where you live.3 NexGard kills adult fleas before they lay eggs, a key step in stopping flea infestations.
A number of tick species have expanded their range and are now commonly found in areas where they previously were not present. All 50 U.S. states are home to some type of tick considered dangerous to dogs.  Four ticks of veterinary importance are American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), Brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) and Black-legged (deer) ticks (Ixodes scapularis).  NexGard treats and controls these four species of ticks.
View a tick distribution map, as well as tick removal tips at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/
Flea & Tick Control Tips
To help protect your pet, take aim at fleas and ticks in and around your home.
- Periodically wash your pet's bed cover in hot water and dry it on a high heat setting to kill any flea eggs and larvae.
- Make your yard less appealing to ticks by cutting grass short and eliminating brush piles.
- Vacuum frequently in your home, especially carpets where your pet tends to lounge.
- Cover all outside crawl spaces and garbage cans to deter wildlife that may carry fleas and ticks.
Important Safety Information
NexGard is for use in dogs only. The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, dry/flaky skin, diarrhea, lethargy, and anorexia. The safe use of NexGard in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. To learn more about NexGard, please visit www.NexGardForDogs.com and talk with your veterinarian.
NexGard Prescribing Information is available to view here: http://www.nexgardfordogs.com/Style%20Library/nexgard/docs/NexGard_PI.pdf
About the BHG Best New Product Awards
Winning products were determined solely by more than 70,000 consumers who participated in an extensive nationwide survey, conducted by independent marketing research firm BrandSpark International in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens. In their own words, consumers tell BHG what they liked best about each winning product.
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs 6,200 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with more than $2 billion of sales. Merial is a Sanofi company. www.merial.com or 1-888-MERIAL1.
 2015 Best New Products Awards. Better Homes & Gardens website. www.BestNewProductAwards.com Accessed April 2, 2015.
 Data on file at Merial.
 Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm169831.htm. Accessed March 16, 2015.
 Current Advice on Parasite Control: Ecto Parasites – Ticks. Companion Animal Parasite Council website. http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/ticks. Accessed July 1, 2015.
 Blagburn BL, et al. Biology, treatment and control of flea and tick infestations. Vet Clin Small Anim. 2009:39:1173-1200