Re: Tick Questions
- From: "Sherri" <CoastieOhana@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 12 Apr 2006 16:54:33 -0700
1. Is the Frontline not working? We were under the impression that any
tics, attached or unattached, should begin to fall off as soon as we
applied the FL.
No. With Frontline the critter must bite the dog first to be affected.
Five days later, there was at least one more, still
alive, and judging by it's size, it attached after the appication.
Hmm. Well, the EPA has issued alerts of counterfeit flea/tick products sold
over the internet. But there seems to also be a contingent of vet med folks
who feel that there may be a population of ticks that are no longer
responding well to Frontline Plus.
2. Can/should we apply another tube of FL?
NO. Frontline cannot be dosed more than once monthly. Advantix *can* be
dosed weekly if needed.
At the time of next doseage I would switch to Advantix. It's water repellant
and with the state you live in and high population of ticks, it's worth a
try. Advantix is also labeled to repel mosquitos and ticks (not labeled to
repel black flies, but we've had success there too). With Frontline, the
critter has to bite the dog for it to die. On Advantix, the
flea/mosquito/tick just has to land on it. Pay attention to application
directions - 4 spots for application. Since Advantix has a "flushing"
affect, the fleas/ticks flush up to the hairs when they die whereas with
Advantage they die at the skin level so don't think it's not working. The
point is that if you see them they will be dead or close to it!
This is from Bayer's site (maker of Advantix):
K9 AdvantixTM is a once-a-month topical flea, tick, and mosquito treatment
for dogs and puppies 7 weeks of age and older. It contains imidacloprid and
permethrin. It is available in 4 dosage sizes: 10 lbs. and under, 11-20
lbs., 21-55 lbs., and dogs weighing over 55 pounds. It is available in both
4 packs and 6 packs.
Nothing else offers this kind of triple protection against biting.
A synergistic effect that enhances efficacy.
K9 AdvantixTM is a unique combination of two proven ingredients that work
synergistically against ectoparasites. The mode of action of imidacloprid
complements the activity of permethrin. Each affects parasite nerve cells at
different sites. When combined, the neurotoxic effect against parasites is
enhanced. This leads to rapid paralysis and death of the parasites.
Prevents mosquitoes from biting.
K9 AdvantixTM repels and kills mosquitoes before they can bite - protection
Frontline® Plus can't offer. As the vector of West Nile Virus, mosquitoes
are a growing concern. Research demonstrates K9 AdvantixTM kills up to 98..3%
of mosquitoes and reduces their feeding up to 95.2%.1 Mosquitoes that do not
bite cannot annoy dogs or transmit disease.
Keeps ticks from biting.
K9 AdvantixTM offers proven protection against ticks because it repels and
kills Deer ticks, American dog ticks, Lone Star ticks and Brown dog ticks
before they can attach. K9 AdvantixTM repels up to 98.5% of ticks-repellency
Frontline® Plus can't offer.2 Ticks that are repelled and die without biting
cannot spread disease.
Stops fleas from biting.
K9 AdvantixTM offers the superior protection against fleas you can only get
from imidacloprid. It stops fleas from biting in less than 5 minutes and
kills them before they lay eggs.3 K9 AdvantixTM also kills flea larvae
before they develop into adult fleas, so there's no need to kill the flea
Protects dogs young, old, small and tall.
K9 AdvantixTM is gentle enough for puppies 7 weeks of age or older and dogs
of any size. Just apply topically once a month to protect dogs from the
problems of biting fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Keeps working after swimming or bathing.
K9 AdvantixTM remains effective after swimming or bathing. After repeated
it kills 97.9-100% of ticks and 92.5-100% of fleas. After bathing, it kills
97.4-100% of ticks and fleas.4 You can use it with confidence for dogs who
Advantix is good, but it is HIGHLY toxic to cats! Even if you dog lays
down and leaves a small amount (if its still wet) and the cat licks
it,it can kill the cat.If the cat grooms the dog even after if dry it
will kill the cat.