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Compare Advantage II to Frontline Plus to K9 Advantix II

 
 
Advantage II  (Click for Larger Image)
Advantage II
starts at $44.99
Frontline Plus (Click for Larger Image)
Frontline Plus
starts at $42.99
K9 Advantix II  (Click for Larger Image)
K9 Advantix II
starts at $51.49
Made in the USA
Kills Fleas
Repels Fleas
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae
Kills Ticks
Repels Ticks
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes *
Prevents Heartworm
Other Parasites Information Treats, Prevents, and Controls Lice Infestations Eliminates infestations with chewing lice, aids in the control of sarcoptic mange infestation Repels and prevents blood-feeding by biting flies and kills chewing lice.
Waterproof
(shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness)
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian Consult your veterinarian
How long does it take to work Kills fleas in 12 hours Kills Fleas within 12 hours and Ticks within 48 hours Kills Fleas 12 hours
Taste Applied to Skin Applied to Skin Applied to Skin
Active Ingredient(s) Imidacloprid/Pyriproxyfen Fipronil/(S)-Methoprene Imidacloprid/ Permethrin/Pyriproxyfen
Rx Prescription Required
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Veterinarian Review
(Michael Dym, VMD)
The non-greasy, non-odor formulation is a definite plus when used on sensitive patients, especially cats. I find that advantage kills fleas and larvae more quickly than some of the other products out there,  often resulting in quicker relief of flea allergy dermatitis symptoms in dogs and cats. Overall I have found it quite safe and have seen the fewest topical or rare systemic reactions in my practice over the years.  The main disadvantage I have found is that in heavy flea infestations that the efficacy may wear off in less than one month, necessitating some vets to recommend more frequent off label use of this product every few weeks.  It also does not control ticks as well on dogs and cats.  I find that advantage works most effectively when combined with good environmental flea control at home. I find that the effective combination of an ingredient like fipronil, along with the insect growth regulator methoprene, provides the best spectrum of activity and protection against all stages of the flea life cycle from egg through larval stage on to adult. Because of these two main ingredients and their method of action, I find that clients don't have to treat the environment as much. I find that this product tends to be safer in smaller breed animals when compared to its competition. I find its tick efficacy quite good. The fact that it is waterproof also allows clients, whose pets swim frequently, to confidently use this product during the swimming months. I also find that this product works the longest for fleas, while some of the competitive products have to be reapplied before the end of the month. The lack of label efficacy against mosquitoes and flies, as well as the fact that this product does not repel fleas or ticks are the two main disadvantages. As with any insecticidal products, I find that every pet is an individual, in terms of which of the products works best on them. When I am dealing with more of a flea issue in a patient, this is the product I will likely reach for first. I love the broad acting antiparasitic effects of this product, which covers protection against a wider variety of pests to our pets than the competition. I feel it works the quickest in terms of flea/tick killing, and I love the fact that it repels fleas and ticks as well. Given that we are uncovering new and emerging tick born diseases, I prefer a product that repels in addition to quickly killing ticks, as well, and thus prevents tick attachment and transmission of disease. We are also now recognizing that mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile virus to dogs, and so the added protective benefit of Advantix on mosquitoes and flies makes it quite attractive, especially for those clients whose pets spend a lot of time outside in the yard in the warmer months, when flies are most active. With this product I see much less fly strike and maggot infestation of outside dogs because of this added benefit. By repelling mosquitoes, we also get less transmission of potential heartworms to dogs. I have found that some smaller breeds of dogs are sometimes sensitive to the permethrin ingredient in this product, occasionally becoming excessively sensitive after application. I also find that although the product is labelled as water proof, on those pets, who are frequently bathed or swimming for long periods, that the product may need to be applied more frequently than once monthly. Some clients also find it somewhat more inconvenient in larger breeds having to apply the product in several spots, rather than in a single spot like its competitor.
 
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