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Advantage II FAQ

ADVANTAGE II CAT

Can I bathe my cat after applying Advantage® II?


Yes. Advantage® II is waterproof after 24 hours. However, we suggest bathing your cat before applying Advantage® II. Just make sure your cat is thoroughly towel-dried before application. If you choose to bathe your cat in between treatments, we recommend use of a general grooming shampoo for pets. Keep in mind that more frequent bathing may keep the product from working the full 30 days.

Can I use Advantage® II for cats on dogs?


No, do not use Advantage® II for cats on dogs. Please follow label directions for the application of our flea products.

Can I split tubes of Advantage® II between my cats?


No, you cannot split tubes of Advantage® II for cats between multiple cats. To successfully prevent and control fleas, cats must be treated with their own dose of Advantage® II. Follow label directions for application.

Can I use Advantage® II for cats on my rabbits?


No, do not use Advantage® II for cats on rabbits. Please follow label directions for the application of our flea products.

How do I store and dispose of Advantage® II?


Do not contaminate water, food or feed by storage or disposal of Advantage® II.

  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place. Protect from freezing. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Disposal and Container Handling: Non-refillable container. If empty: Do not reuse this container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled: Call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.

How does Advantage® II for cats work?


Advantage® II for cats combines two active ingredients:

  • Imidacloprid attacks the flea's nervous system - paralyzing and ultimately killing it.
  • Pyriproxyfen is an insect growth regulator (IGR) that kills flea eggs and larvae.

This combination plays a crucial role in treating and preventing infestations, because:

  • In an existing infestation, you might only be aware of the adult fleas, which only represent around 5% of the full infestation and are found on the pet.
  • Immature flea life stages which live in the pet's environment consist of around 95% of the infestation and can be almost invisible to the naked eye.

What is the difference between Advantage® II for cats and oral flea products?


Advantage® II flea prevention is applied to your cat topically, spreading over the skin and hair. It kills fleas through contact, so fleas do not have to bite your cat to die. With oral flea medications, fleas have to bite your cat and ingest the medication before they are killed.

How long does Advantage® II for cats last?


A single application of Advantage® II for cats stops biting fleas for one month. However, if the cat has a severe infestation, retreatment within a month may be necessary. See product label for additional information.

How often can you use Advantage® II for cats?


Use Advantage® II for cats monthly, year-round to help keep your pet protected from fleas. Even indoor cats need protection against fleas because you or other pets in the household may bring fleas into the home. Fleas in your cat's environment can re-infest your cat.

How old does my cat have to be to use Advantage® II?


You can use Advantage® II for cats on kittens and cats 8 weeks of age and older.

Does Advantage® II for cats expire?


There is no expiration date required on the packaging by the EPA for Advantage® II for cats. We recommend the product should be kept in its original packaging and stored as directed on the label.

Does Advantage® II for cats kill ticks?


Advantage® II for cats does not kill ticks, but it does effectively break the flea life cycle by killing flea eggs, larvae and adults to help prevent infestation on your pet.

How long does Advantage® II for cats take to work?


Advantage® II for cats kills fleas within 12 hours of application.

Can I touch my cat after applying Advantage® II for cats?


Do not have contact or allow children to have contact with the area treated with Advantage® II for cats until completely dry.

ADVANTAGE II DOG


Does Advantage® II for dogs expire?


There is no expiration date required on the packaging by the EPA for Advantage® II for dogs. The product should be kept in its original packaging and stored as directed on the label.

Can I bathe my dog after applying Advantage® II?


Yes. However, we suggest bathing your dog before applying Advantage® II. Just make sure your dog is thoroughly towel-dried before application. If you choose to bathe your dog in between treatments, we recommend use of a general grooming shampoo for pets. Keep in mind that more frequent bathing may keep the product from working the full 30 days.

Can my dog go swimming after applying Advantage® II?


Yes! Your dog is free to take a dip after Advantage® II has been on for 24 hours. However, more frequent swimming may keep the product from working the full 30 days.

Can I apply Advantage® II for dogs on my cats?


No, do not use Advantage® II for dogs on cats. Please follow label directions for the application of our flea products.

Can I use Advantage® II for dogs on my rabbits?


No, do not use Advantage® II for dogs on rabbits. Please follow label directions for the application of our flea products.

How does Advantage® II for dogs work?


Advantage® II for dogs combines two active ingredients:

  • Imidacloprid attacks the flea's nervous system - paralyzing and ultimately killing it.
  • Pyriproxyfen is an insect growth regulator (IGR) that kills flea eggs and larvae.

This combination plays a crucial role in treating and preventing infestations, because:

  • In an existing infestation, you might only be aware of the adult fleas, which only represent around 5% of the full infestation and are found on the pet.
  • Immature flea life stages which live in the pet's environment consist of around 95% of the infestation and can be almost invisible to the naked eye.

What is the difference between Advantage® II for dogs and oral flea products?


Advantage® II flea prevention is applied to your dog topically, spreading over the skin and hair. It kills fleas through contact, so fleas do not have to bite your dog to die. With oral flea medications, fleas have to bite your dog and ingest the medication before they are killed.

How long does Advantage® II for dogs last?


A single application of Advantage® II for dogs stops biting fleas for one month. However, if the dog has a severe infestation, retreatment within a month may be necessary. See product label for additional information.

How often can you use Advantage® II for dogs?


Use Advantage® II for dogs monthly, year-round to help keep your pet protected from fleas. Follow label directions for application.

How old does my dog have to be to use Advantage® II for dogs?


You can use Advantage® II for dogs on puppies and dogs 7 weeks of age and older.

Can I split tubes of Advantage® II between my dogs?


No, you cannot split tubes of Advantage® II for dogs between multiple dogs. To successfully prevent and control fleas, dogs must be treated with their own dose of Advantage® II. Follow label directions for application.

Does Advantage® II for dogs kill ticks?


Advantage® II for dogs does not kill ticks but it does provide multi-stage flea control, effectively breaking flea life-cycle stages for lasting control of flea populations. It also treats, prevents and controls lice infestations on dogs.

How long does Advantage® II for dogs take to work?


Advantage® II for dogs kills fleas on dogs within 12 hours of application.

Can I touch my dog after applying Advantage® II for dogs?


Do not have contact or allow children to have contact with the area treated with Advantage® II for dogs until completely dry.

How do I store and dispose of Advantage® II?


Do not contaminate water, food or feed by storage or disposal of Advantage® II.

  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place. Protect from freezing. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Disposal and Container Handling: Non-refillable container. If empty: Do not reuse this container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled: Call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.