Product Type: Bayer dog accessories
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Advantage Flea Control For Dogs
Member Name: HotBabes
Advantage Flea Control For Dogs
Advantages: Does what it says, cheaper than Frontline
Disadvantages: Only available from vets
For those of us who have pets, mention the word fleas and most owners would automatically think of Frontline Drops as a treatment. I know I would have done but maybe its time to vary that thinking a little and include ADVANTAGE drops.
We got our Patterdale Terrier, Jadie, from the RSPCA in August 2004. She was five months old and had been given to the RSPCA by the original breeder. (Apparently, the breeder gave a pup to her grown up daughter and after the Aaaah factor had worn off, the daughter was no longer interested. Sad, but it happens quite a bit.)
We were lucky in the fact that we knew her history as many prospective owners don't. Coming from the RSPCA she had been vaccinated, wormed, micro chipped and had had flea treatment.
As we wanted to keep to a regular routine, we continued with the same food and treatments she had already been receiving so our puppy has been a Frontline girl when it comes to flea treatment. That was until 7 months ago....
My usual flying visit into the vets to pick up a new box was quashed when the vet nurse told me they didn't have any Frontline and were waiting for it to arrive. As she couldn't guarantee when it would be in and I didn't fancy trying to find it from another source (serves me right for leaving it till the last minute!) she suggested I try Advantage instead. So :
Advantage is made by Bayer, the box being approx 2" x 4". It has a picture of 3 dogs on the front top half and the word Advantage in green across the 2nd half.
It states it contains Imidacloprid 100mg/ml and is a flea treatment and prevention for dogs 4kg to less than 10kg.
The reverse of the box states instructions, safety precautions and usage.
It has an expiry date of 08/2006 so if you treat your dog monthly, as guidelines and vets recommend, then you will use this well within that date.
The usual safety and instruction leaflet (explained below).
4 tubes of flea treatment contained within a foil 'pop-out' holder akin to the sort that house headache tablets.
Also you get 4 calendar stickers so you can put one on your calendar/diary as a reminder for when treatment is due for the coming months.
These are approx 1 and a half inches in length. The actual liquid is contained in half this length, the other half being a slim lid.
The tube is a soft plastic and not metal as some may traditionally think.
Each tube states the ingredient, batch number and expiry date. Handy if you lose the box!
To open you simply twist and pull. (The lid is ridges to help you get a better grip.) Then use the other end of the lid to push and break the seal on the tube.
HOW TO USE
Basically most flea drop treatments are applied in the same way.
Firstly grab your dog! Part the fur between the shoulder blades or back of neck until you can see the skin.
Then place the tip of the tube onto the skin and squeeze several times gently to apply the liquid onto the exposed skin. There is no need to rub this in.
Sometimes the above is easier said than done! Having a boisterous Terrier means that she is not going to lay down or sit nicely on my lap! She wants her nose right in there to see whats going on. So she gets tucked under my sons arm, his other hand holding her head still, leaving me free to apply the drops.
As I always remove her collar I find its easier to part the fur and apply there as, no matter how loose the collar, there is always a ridged section of fur. Once applied I tend to leave her collar off for a couple of hours and avoid touching that area. The instructions state you should leave the area to dry although they do not suggest a length of time for this to happen! I find that its usually ok after an hour or so.
Applying in this area means that there is no way your dog can lick this. Bayer say that if a dog licks this liquid 'they may occasionally salivate' as it is bitter tasting. I will take their word on this as I have no wish to try it (sorry!)
Therefore make sure that you don't spill any and wash your hands immediately after use. If you have 2 or more dogs try to make sure that they do not groom one another until the liquid has dried.
There are quite a few of these but as safety is paramount to the dog and owner I will list them even though some are common sense.
Do not use on damaged skin.
Do not use on dogs less than 4kg or more than 10kg.
Do not use on unweaned pups less than 8 weeks old.
Do not eat, drink or smoke during application ( I assume this means us and not the dog!)
Wash hands thoroughly after use.
People with sensitive skin may be particularly sensitive to Advantage. I suggest just wearing a pair of rubber gloves. I don't but it would not make it harder to apply if you did.
Avoid contact with eyes.
If swallowed seek medical treatment.
Keep away from children
Do not use after expiry date.
Treat every 4 weeks but if there is an infestation you can use weekly.
As with most dog treatments, everything is done by weight. Other treatment sizes are as follows :
PLEASE NOTE FOR SOME REASON ADVANTAGE LIST THESE IN LBS AND NOT KILO's
Advantage Green Box for dogs 3-10lb
Advantage Teal Box for dogs 11-20lbs
Advantage Red Box for dogs 21-55lbs
Advantage Blue Box for dogs 55lbs plus.
They do also do ADVANTAGE FOR CATS.
Animal Health Business Group
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
This is a PRESCRIPTION ONLY products so available at vets. It cost me £16.93 including VAT for the 4 tubes.
I was extremely sceptical about changing products. After all I thought nothing was better than Frontline, having always used it and this must have showed on my face as the vet nurse found a vet to have a quick word with me. He assured me that it was very similar to Frontline in the way its works and the application but in his opinion Advantage was better than Frontline! Hmm I thought, a sales pitch? But knowing my vet is more concerned with his animal patients than his profits I trusted his judgement.
Having now used this for seven months I am more than happy with it and will not change back. I have found many plus points for using Advantage .
Firstly you get 4 tubes whereas our previous brand contained 3.
The plastic the tubes are made from is softer than before, which means it is a more comfortable feeling for the dog. Before the hard and sometimes sharp plastic used to catch her skin but no more does this happen.
I do not need to use scissors to snip the end off the tube as these as self opening.
There is no noticeable smell with Advantage whereas before Jadie would get one whiff and go absolutely potty and try to 'escape'!.
The price is great! I paid £16.93 for the box of 4. Previous brand would have set me back £23-24 and I would have only got 3 tubes!
Obviously as I only buy the small weight box, I am unable to tell you the price saving on other weights but assume they will be roughly in line with the above. For a treatment that pet owners need regularly a saving of £7 plus and extra months worth of treatment if definitely a plus point!
Advantage does work and is just as efficient as our previous brand. I have watched her like a hawk and can safely safe she has not scratched at all. There have been no problems or ill effects from changing brands (although they all contain a similar list of ingredient anyway)
So overall I would heartily recommend Advantage. Not only do I have a happy dog, I am an extremely happy owner with a few more pennies in my purse!
4 out of 5 stars from me. One lost simply because they list kgs by weight on the box and by lbs on the web.
Thanks for reading. x x
© Hotbabes 2005
Summary: I think its better than Frontline!
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