For a long time I have used Frontline plus on our Golden Retriever line, and it has worked very well in controlling pests in our dogs with no adverse reactions. I was wondering about using Advantix this summer though, since last year the mosquitoes were so bad. However, from my research, I'm under the impression that Advantix washes off if the dog gets wet. There is NO way I can keep my dogs dry, since we have a series of ponds in the area where we let them out to play, so that we can test their retrieving abilities early on. Any comments, anyone?
i used advantix on my pup all thru last summer and it worked great for mosquitoes. one bit of interesting information to share. this was told to us by the advantix rep. the chemical used in advantix works kinda like a hotplate. the pests jump on the dog and they get a funny sensation when they land and it causes them to jump off/be repelled. apparently it can have that effect on the dog also and make them very itchy. one of the girls i work with can't use it on her dog because the dog has intense itching fits after it applied. my dog scout didn't have that problem but out pyrenees did. she was intensely itchy for 3 weeks after i applied it. it was heartbreaking to see her constantly scratching and biting herself. we bathed her and it didn't wash it off or make her itch any less. this year i am going back to either frontline or the plain old advantage. advantage works better for fleas than frontline in my experience. but the frontline is great for ticks which is what we have a bigger problem with.
I've also heard that advantage/advantix lose their effectiveness when the dog gets wet. One bath during that month long period of control isn't a big deal but if your dogs are constantly getting wet, you may be better off sticking to frontline.
My advise is to speak with your vet and decide which is best for your pets. I personally use frontline plus. I have never seen a tick or flea on my siberian huskies since I started using it 4 years ago. The veterinary clinic that I work for carries Advantix, but we have had more complaints with it than with the other products we sell. Frontline stays on the skin and is not absorbed into the bloodstream like other products. If you want to use frontline and still keep mosquitoes away, I suggest using pet guard gel. It is a mosquito, fly, and gnat repellent. My animal don't like having it put on, but their ears and face don't get bitten as often by flies. Just a suggestion. Hope this helps out.
I use the Advantix on my pets also. My cocker is all black and the mosquitos used to flock to her when we were out at night. Now with the Advantix, the aren't anywhere near her, they come to me, maybe I should try it too (lol). I think its a good product, it's only drawback is it looses 10% of its ability each time the pet gets bathed or goes swimming.
I don't think advantix is as strong as frontline. My vet told me that advantix isn't effective on mosquitos they have to bite the dog to die. Advantix only lasted two weeks on my dog. Frontline lasted 3-4 weeks depending on number of baths she took. (I ussually bathe her once a week)
Thanks all! I recently attended a seminar through the DVM school near us, and it was very informative. I appreciate your input, everyone.....Have a great day! *oh good grief....as I'm writing this, I happened to look out the window. Evidently, our Bonnie ( 3 year old Golden girl) and Garrick (3 1/2 year old male Golden) are teaching their babies how to swim. Bonnie's litter is just over 5 weeks old now, and she's is in the wader pond with them. Seeing her and those 10 little golden heads is soooo cute. Garrick is standing with my husband, watching his family play. It's going to be so hard to give them up. *yeesh*