Advantix for Dogs is the only top-spot treatment that will protect your canine companion against fleas, ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes and sandflies in one simple fortnightly or monthly dose.
WHAT IS ADVANTIX?
A top spot like Advantix is applied to the skin on the back of the neck. Advantix distributes through the skin and hair to protect your dog from ticks including paralysis ticks if used fortnightly. Used monthly it also kills the other types of ticks that infest dogs and fleas. It will also repel flies and mosquitoes. The point of difference between Advantix and Frontline (the other top spot tick and flea preventative), is its broader spectrum against biting insects like mosquitoes, flies and sandflies and its unique repellent action.
Advantix also works fast, within 30 minutes any fleas that contact the hair or skin on your dog are paralysed so they can no longer feed, making Advantix excellent for dogs with flea allergies or with large numbers of fleas in their environment.
Advantix should not be used in households with cats as it is extremely toxic to our feline friends. Even a cat brushing up against a treated dog can lead to illness and death.
HOW DOES ADVANTIX WORK?
Advantix is applied on the back of the neck and is distributed through the surface of the skin and hair. It has two active chemicals, imidacloprid and permethrin. The imidacloprid paralyses the feeding parts of the flea within 30 minutes, then cause death to the flea within 18 hours.
The permethrin in Advantix repels ticks and biting insects and enhances the action of the imidcloprid in killing fleas. Advantix is the only parasite treatment that has any repellent activity for flies, ticks and mosquitoes. Although Advantix repels ticks, it only takes 1 tick to cause fatal tick paralysis in dogs, so it is still necessary to thoroughly tick search your pet when in paralysis tick areas of Australia.
Systemic absorption of both chemicals is minimal, so it is safe for your pet, but not their parasites.
Advantix can be washed off with frequent bathing, so if you do shampoo your pet more than weekly, you may need to reapply the product.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE ADVANTIX?
Advantix is safe to use in puppies from 7 weeks of age.
If you live in an area with paralysis ticks you should use Advantix fortnightly. If you live in an area with bush ticks and brown dog ticks, these can carry disease and cause anaemia, so using Advantix monthly will help protect your dog.
Advantix also effectively treats and prevents fly bites, particularly a problem in warmer climates. Rather than messing around with creams and sprays for fly bitten ears, Advantix distributes through the skin and repels biting flies.
If your dog is bothered by fleas, Advantix effectively kills adult fleas and breaks the lifecycle by preventing fleas from feeding and laying eggs. It will also help kill flea larvae in the environment.
In areas with high numbers of mosquitoes and sandflies, Advantix will help protect your pet. Mosquitoes carry diseases, such as heartworm disease to our pets.
WHAT SIZE ADVANTIX DO I NEED FOR MY DOG?
- If your dog is less than 4 kg purchase the Advantix Green for Small Dogs & Puppies.
- If your dog is between 4-10 kg purchase the Advantix Aqua for Medium Dogs.
- If your dog is between 10-25 kg purchase Advantix Red for Large Dogs.
- If your dog is more than 25 kg purchase Advantix Blue for Extra Large Dogs.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING ADVANTIX?
- Check the expiry date.
- Ensure the packaging is sealed and free from damage.
- Ensure you have the correct weight for your dog and purchase the correct dose. Do not split vials or doses.
WHERE CAN I BUY ADVANTIX?
Advantix for Dogs can be purchased from vet clinics, pet shops or online, including the Love That Pet Store. The online prices for products are generally cheaper, however you will need to take into account the postage costs and return policies.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?
Your dog will also need a monthly heartworm preventative and intestinal wormer. A great combined flavoured chew is Interceptor Spectrum.
It may be useful to set a reminder in your phone calendar or place a sticker from the box on your calendar to remember when your next Advantix dose is due. Another option is to gradually bring the date you use the Advantix forward, so that you can administer it on the first day of each month. Advantix can be safely applied within a week of the previous application.