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How to Apply Topical Flea Treatments

Topical flea treatments such as Frontline Plus for dogs and Advantage for cats are extremely easy to use, but only once you know how!

The process is very straightforward though it can seem a little awkward until both you and your pet get the hang of it!

  1. Ensure you have the correct pack size that corresponds to both the weight and type of pet to be treated. It’s important to double check every time you use flea medicine if you have various types and sizes of pets in the family.
  2. Find somewhere comfortable. Small dogs and cats are most easily treated on your lap or on a counter-top or table. Larger dogs will need to stand still (easier said than done sometimes!).
  3. Part the fur to reveal the skin. This is best done at the base of the neck on cats, and between the shoulder blades on dogs.
  4. Open the capsule of liquid flea medicine and empty the entire contents directly onto the skin. Squeeze the capsule as you move it away to ensure every last drop is used up.
  5. For products such as Advantix used on larger dogs you may get better flea protection by applying the liquid to multiple sites along the spine from shoulders to the base of the tail (check the packet for instructions).

That’s all you need to do. Topical flea treatments are given a bitter taste, and with the application site being an awkward to reach area you shouldn’t have a problem with pets licking the medicine, but it is best to keep an eye on them till the liquid is dry.

It’s important to bathe your pet (or take them swimming) only once the product is completely absorbed and dry. The time this takes depends on the product being used, from a few hours to a few days, so do check the label.

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Advantage V Frontline Plus for Cats

The two most popular feline flea control products are Advantage for cats and Frontline Plus. But which one is the best? Well, it’s a difficult question to answer because both are excellent, and both have their place. There are plenty of similarities between the two products, as well a a few distinct differences. We will look at these points to help you choose the correct product for your cats.

The Similarities

So, what do Advantage & Frontline have in common?

  • Easy to use topical treatments that are safe and effective
  • Long lasting (you will never need to apply more than once a month)
  • Kill adult fleas and juveniles so helping prevent future outbreaks
  • Waterproof
  • Also destroy chewing lice
Okay then, how do the treatments differ?
  • They use different active ingredients. So if your cat is allergic to one (which is very rare) you might find they are fine with the other.
  • Advantage kills flea larvae as well as eggs and adults. Frontline Plus kills the adults, but prevents larvae, pupae and eggs developing so they die over time. Only adult fleas bite your pet.
  • Frontline Plus destroys ticks, this is an important difference as those of you living in tick country will know that a cat can quickly become over-run with these disease carrying parasites.
  • Advantage works slightly quicker, claiming to stop fleas from biting within 5 minutes. Within 12 hours virtually all fleas will be destroyed. Frontline Plus claims to take up to 24 hours to destroy all fleas.  New fleas which might jump onto your pet during the next month will be destroyed within 2 hours by Advantage, and within 24 hours by Frontline Plus.

In truth, whereas Frontline Plus for cats might be the perfect choice in one location, in another Advantage might be preferred. It will depend upon the local parasite population, the number of feral cats around and your own pet’s activities. It is a good idea to speak to your vet about which particular brand of flea control is working well in your location.

If your pet is particularly flea sensitive you might feel that the speedier results with Advantage are worth considering. On the other hand if ticks are a problem locally you would need to invest in a tick collar if you chose Advantage, so you would probably prefer to simplify things by choosing Frontline Plus instead.



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Panacur C Wormer

Panacur C is a canine de-wormer that deals with a variety of intestinal parasites. For the best deals on-line see the link below:

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The granules use fenbendazole which targets a range of parasites including;

  1. Large Roundowrms
  2. Whipworms
  3. Hookworms

The medication also destroys some tapeworms, making it a very broad spectrum dog de-wormer.

However, Panacur C is unable to remove the most common tapeworm affecting dogs which is transmitted by fleas. For this reason, it is imperitive that a reliable form of flea prevention, such as K9 Advantix is used regularly.

To work properly, the granules will need to be used for three consecutive days. If the infestation is particularly severe, a further treatment the following weak will be required – your vet will be able to advise you.

Panacur is a prescription free, over the counter de-wormer. It is usually advised that you treat your dog every six months or so to prevent re-infestation. It will though depend on the life-style of your pet, and your location, whether your dog is likely to suffer intestinal parasites regularly. We suggest talking through the risks in your circumstances with your vet and following the worming schedule they advise.



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