K9 Advantix: A simple way to protect your dog from fleas & ticks
K9 Advantix II is among the most commonly used monthly topical medications used for controlling fleas, ticks and mosquitoes on dogs. As the weather continues to heat up and water activities increase, one of the additional benefits is that K9 Advantix II is still effective even after washing and bathing. In addition, K9 Advantix II not only quickly kills mature and immature fleas and ticks, but also repels these parasites from biting.
Available in 3, 6, or 12-packs, K9 Advantix II comes in convenient dosing packaging for dogs up to 10 pounds, dogs from 11-20 pounds, dogs from 21-55 pounds, and dogs over 55 pounds.
If your pet is in between weight ranges, you can always start with the lower dose of K9 Advantix II; however, if effective pest control is not seen, then giving the higher dose is certainly safe in most pets. It is not necessary to separate dogs after dosing them topically with this product; however, if dogs are actively playful and/or licking one another, it may be best to have them apart for a few hours, until the product has had a chance to dry.
Previously, it was recommended not to purchase this product if an animal guardian also had cats due to their sensitivity to the permethrin insecticide in this product. That labeling has now changed and it is ok to use in households with cats–as long as pet owners wait until the product is completely dry on one’s dog before exposing them to household cats.
Side effects are rare, but may include (in sensitive pets):
- Contact irritation/allergy causing hair loss at site of application
- Digestive upset
- Neurological reactions such as seizures (rare cases)
If these symptoms should should occur, consider speaking with your veterinarian about changing to an oral flea preventative such as NexGard or Trifexis. For more information on these newer flea control products, read our article on the Benefits of Oral Flea Medications.