Advantus Oral Flea Treatment for Dogs
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Advantus Oral Flea Treatment for Dogs

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The soft chew starts killing fleas within 1 hour.

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Advantus is flavored soft chew formula that kills adult fleas fast - it starts working within 1 hour and achieves 96% effectiveness within 4 hours. A single dose kills existing adult fleas, but if your pet should become re-infested, Advantus is safe enough to administer as often as once per day. Not a preventive; works only on the adult stage of the flea life cycle. For dogs and puppies 4 lbs of body weight or greater and 10 weeks of age or older.
  • Elanco Animal Health Brand
  • Flea & Tick Pharmacy
  • Elanco Animal Health Manufacturer
  • Oral Application
  • Dog Pet Type

How Long Does Advantus Last for Dogs?
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Advantus soft chew is an oral flea treatment for dogs. It's an easy to administer and delicious flea treatment suitable for both adult dogs and puppies. The medication gets rid of adult fleas without bathing, spraying, and powdering your dog. The drug starts killing fleas in sixty minutes. It has been proven to kill more than 96 percent of fleas in just four hours. It's safe to administer once daily for continued flea protection because the medication is in and out of your dog in just 24 hours. The Advantus Oral Flea Treatment soft chews for dogs are an excellent alternative to flea shampoos and sprays. The medication is safe to be used alongside other treatments like corticosteroids, vaccines, antibiotics, deworming, and heartworm prevention. It's a fast-acting medication that pet parents can use to provide instant relief to their dogs.

How Often Can You Give a Dog Advantus?
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The Advantus Soft Chew oral flea treatment is in and out of the dog's system in 24 hours. This means that you can safely dose your dog with Advantus every day. However, be careful with the dosage size. Advantus oral flea treatment comes in two strengths, namely 7.5mg for dogs older than ten weeks of age or up to 22lbs, and 37.5mg for dogs older than ten weeks and weighing between 23 to 110lbs. Both formulations come in a seven pill bottle or a 30 pill container for occasional and prolonged flea treatment, respectively. Ensure that you get the right size and formulation for your dog depending on the body weight. A single dose of these flew chews can get rid of fleas in just four hours. The wrong dosage may result in side effects like loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, difficulty walking, and soft stools. If you suspect an overdose or administer the 37.5mg chew to a small dog, it's advisable to consult a veterinarian immediately.

Is Advantus as Good as Nexgard?
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Advantus and Nexgard are both oral flea treatments formulated as savory soft chews for dogs. Advantus is a fast-acting medication with Imidacloprid as the active ingredient. It starts showing effect within an hour of administration and achieves 96% effectiveness in just four hours. However, Advantus is effective only against fleas and that too adults. It has no effect on tick larvae and eggs that have already been laid. There's no prescription required for this medication. Nexgard, on the other hand, has Afoxolaner as its active ingredient. It's also an orally administered flea treatment but is guaranteed to kill 100 percent fleas in just one day. This medication is effective against both fleas and ticks. It kills fleas before it gets any time to lay eggs. Since it's a strong medication, it requires a valid prescription from a licensed veterinarian.

How Safe Is Advantus for Dogs?
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The Advantus soft chew for dogs is exceptionally safe for use on puppies as well as dogs. According to the manufacturer, the medication is expelled from the body of the dog within 24 hours. It's a fast-acting medication that starts killing Fleas in an hour and can be administered daily based on your dog's flea infestation level. Since it's safe to be administered daily, pet parents can use it daily to keep fleas at bay as well, especially during warmer summer days when fleas and other parasites swarm more than any other time of the year.

Is Advantus a Good Flea Treatment?
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Yes, If your dog is suffering only from flea infestation, Advantus is one of the most potent oral treatment soft chews. Not only does it start killing fleas within an hour, but it achieves 96 percent effectiveness in just four hours. It comes in two strengths for smaller and big dogs and is a critical part of any comprehensive flea control program. However, if your dog has both flea and tick infestation, Advantus will work only on eliminating fleas; the ticks will remain. In such cases, it's better to opt for an all-around medication like Nexgard that works on ticks as well and kills both before it gets time to lay eggs.

How Effective Is Advantus?
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Advantus is one of the fastest-acting flea treatments for dogs. It comes with Imidacloprid as the active ingredient and is highly effective in killing adult fleas. You'll start seeing results within hours of administering the medication. However, the drug only works against adult fleas on the body of your dog. It has absolutely no effects on flea eggs and larvae or fleas in your surroundings.

What Are the Best Flea and Tick Chews for Dogs?
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Any flea and tick chews that your dog consumes without hesitation and works effectively against fleas as well as ticks is the best option for your dog. However, fast-acting soft chews that don't stay in the body of the dog should be preferred. Few examples of such medications are Advantus, Nexgard, and Bravecto. Among these, Advantus is highly effective against fleas and works faster, whereas the remaining two take a day to eradicate pests but work on both fleas and ticks.

Can I give Advantus Oral Flea Treatment to my female dog if they are pregnant or nursing?
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No, it is not recommended to give Advantus Oral Flea Treatment to a pregnant or nursing female dog without first consulting with a veterinarian. This is because the safety of the medication during pregnancy and lactation has not been well established, and there is a risk that it may harm the developing puppies or nursing pups.

What should I do if my dog vomits after taking Advantus Oral Flea Treatment?
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If your dog vomits after taking Advantus Oral Flea Treatment, the first thing to do is to remove the remaining medication and any other food or water for at least an hour to allow their stomach to settle. Monitor your dog for any other symptoms of an adverse reaction or overdose, such as lethargy, weakness, tremors, seizures, or difficulty breathing. For additional guidance, speak with your veterinarian right away, and abide by their monitoring and treatment recommendations.

Can Advantus Oral Flea Treatment be used alongside other flea treatments?
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No, it is not recommended to use Advantus Oral Flea Treatment alongside other flea treatments without first consulting with a veterinarian. Using multiple flea treatments at the same time can increase the risk of adverse reactions, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or seizures, and may not provide any additional benefit in controlling flea infestations.

How long does it take for Advantus Oral Flea Treatment to start working?
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Advantus Oral Flea Treatment starts working quickly, within 1 hour of administration, and can provide relief from flea bites for up to 24 hours.

Can Advantus Oral Flea Treatment be used on cats or other animals?
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No, Advantus Oral Flea Treatment should not be used on cats or other animals unless specifically instructed to do so by a vet. It is only meant to be used on dogs. It's possible that using the Advantus active ingredient, nitenpyram, on animals other than dogs wouldn't be safe or effective. Cats are highly sensitive to certain chemicals, including nitenpyram, and might experience adverse reactions such as vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, or even death if given the incorrect dose or formulation.

Can I crush or break up the Advantus Oral Flea Treatment tablets?
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Crushing or breaking up Advantus Oral Flea Treatment tablets is generally not recommended, as it may alter the effectiveness and safety of the medication. The tablets are formulated to release the active ingredient, nitenpyram, in a specific way, and altering the tablet's structure may change the way the medication is absorbed and metabolized by your dog's body.

Can Advantus Oral Flea Treatment be used on dogs that are on other medications?
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Yes, Advantus Oral Flea Treatment is generally safe to use in dogs that are on other medications, but it is important to inform your veterinarian of all medications, supplements, or treatments your dog is receiving before starting any new medication. Some medications may interact with each other, affecting their effectiveness or increasing the risk of adverse reactions.

Can I give Advantus Oral Flea Treatment to my dog if they are allergic to certain foods?
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If your dog has a known allergy or sensitivity to certain foods, it is generally safe to give them Advantus Oral Flea Treatment. The medication contains the active ingredient nitenpyram, which is not typically associated with food allergies or sensitivities.

How long after giving my dog Advantus Oral Flea Treatment can they have a bath?
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Advantus Oral Flea Treatment is designed to be quickly absorbed into your dog's bloodstream, and bathing or swimming shortly after administration is generally not recommended, as it may reduce the effectiveness of the medication. The product label for Advantus recommends waiting at least 24 hours after administration before allowing your dog to swim or bathe. This allows the medication time to be fully absorbed and distributed throughout your dog's body. If your dog gets wet before the 24-hour period is up, you should consult your veterinarian to determine if additional treatment or precautions are necessary to ensure the medication's effectiveness.

Is Advantus Oral Flea Treatment safe for dogs with compromised immune systems?
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Advantus Oral Flea Treatment is generally considered safe for most dogs, but it is important to consult with your veterinarian before giving the medication to a dog with a compromised immune system. Dogs with compromised immune systems may have a higher risk of adverse reactions or may be more susceptible to infections or other health complications.

How do I dispose of any leftover Advantus Oral Flea Treatment tablets?
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One option is to take the unused tablets to a medication take-back program or event, which is often organized by local pharmacies, police departments, or waste management facilities. These programs are designed to safely and securely dispose of medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. If there is no take-back program available in your area, you can dispose of the tablets by mixing them with an unpalatable substance, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter, and placing the mixture in a sealed plastic bag or container. This should be disposed of in the regular trash, away from children and pets. Never flush medication down the toilet or drain, as this can lead to environmental contamination and pose a risk to wildlife and water sources.

Imidacloprid

Side effects may include vomiting, decreased appetite, decreased energy, soft stools and difficulty walking. As with any product, please consult your veterinarian before using, if your pet has had any previous reactions to any other flea preventative or treatment..

Puppies and dogs over the age of 10 weeks and weighing 4-22 lbs should be given one 7.5 mg Advantus Oral Flea Treatment Soft Chew per day. Dogs weighing 23-110 lbs should be given one 37.5 mg Advantus Oral Flea Treatment Soft Chew per day. A single dose kills adult fleas on your dog. If your dog becomes re-infested, you can safely repeat treatment as often as once per day.

Advantus Oral Flea Treatment for Dogs is manufactured by Elanco Animal Health
Option UPC/SKU
Small Dogs 7.5 mg - 7 Soft Chews 724089454386
Small Dogs 7.5 mg - 30 Soft Chews 724089327710
Large Dogs 37.5 mg - 7 Soft Chews 724089454461
Large Dogs 37.5 mg - 30 Soft Chews 724089328014

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