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Advantage Multi
Advantage Multi
(242)
Starts $116.24 $83.69
Frontline Plus
Frontline Plus
(3,933)
Starts $52.74 $37.97
K9 Advantix II
K9 Advantix II
(3,461)
Starts $60.61 $43.64
Kills Fleas
Repels Fleas
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae
Kills Ticks
Repels Ticks
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes *
Prevents Heartworm
Other Parasites Information Treats and Controls some Hookworm Species, some Roundworm Species, Whipworm 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 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/Moxidectin Fipronil/(S)-Methoprene Imidacloprid/ Permethrin/Pyriproxyfen
Rx Prescription Required(Details)
Dosage Monthly Monthly Monthly
Usage
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Veterinarian Review
(Michael Dym, VMD)
By combining imidacloprid and moxidectin, Advantage Multi offers the wonderful benefit of broad protection against BOTH common internal and external parasites in dogs and cats. An important area of coverage includes not only adult stages, but the immature stages of roundworms and hookworms, two parasites that are a risk to people if not prevented in our pets. It also treats and controls, and prevents whipworms, which are difficult to eradicate in both dogs and the environment. When applied monthly, it is almost 100 percent effective in preventing heartworm disease in dogs and cats. Additional benefits of treating scabies and demodectic mange and ear mites make this a very attractive product. All of this with the wonderful flea control benefits of the product advantage. The greatest benefit I see with this versatile product is that it takes the labor out of administering a myriad of medications to dogs to control these varied internal and external parasites. I also find that it kills the larval stages of fleas in the home surroundings of treated pets, which is a wonderful added benefit. I have on rare occasions seen topical irritation and sensitivity at the site of application, and even more scarce neurological reactions in hypersensitive pets. The only other downside would be the potential high cost of this product, as well as the need for clients to obtain a prescription from their veterinarian. Overall, however, I have found this product to be an excellent and safe all around internal and external parasite control manager in our dogs and cats. 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.

*Claim approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency; not by California E.P.A.

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