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Compare K9 Advantix II to Program Tablets

K9 Advantix II  (Click for Larger Image)
K9 Advantix II
Program (Click for Larger Image)
Made in the USA  
Kills Fleas  
Repels Fleas  
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae Prevents Development  
Kills Ticks  
Repels Ticks  
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes  
Prevents Heartworm  
Other Parasites Information Repels and prevents blood-feeding by biting flies and kills chewing lice.  
(shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness)
Not Applicable  
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian  
How long does it take to work Kills Fleas 12 hours Begins to work immediately.  
Taste Applied to Skin Beef Flavor  
Active Ingredient(s) Imidacloprid/ Permethrin/Pyriproxyfen Lufenuron  
Rx Prescription Required
Dosage Monthly Monthly  
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Veterinarian Review
(Michael Dym, VMD)
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. For my clients who prefer an effective non-pesticide manner of preventing and controlling fleas on their dogs and cats, program offers a wonderful alternative.   When this product first came out, I used to educate my clients on the fact that it was in essence a birth control pill for fleas.   The main ingredient lufeneron is an insect growth regulator that does not kill adult fleas, but  sterilizes adult fleas and prevents them from laying eggs that develop into larvae and future adults.  Each adult flea can lay up to 2000 eggs in its life.  It is because of this effect on flea development which makes program such a wonderful preventative. For existing flea infestations, I don't find this product works as well unless it is combined with oral Capstar, which kills adult fleas on cats and/or topical products like Frontline or Advantage.  I have found this product both very safe and effective with only rare side effects seen i.e rare digestive upset.   It is best given with a meal for maximal absorption which is hard on some kitty owners  My overall rating of this product is a 4 with ease of use a 4, taste a 4 and efficacy a 5, in particular for preventing flea infestations before they  become established.  
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