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FAQs on Flea & Tick Control


1.
How do I apply flea control on my dog?
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2.
How do I apply flea control on my cat?
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3.
What is the difference between Frontline and Advantage?
  Advantage kills fleas on contact; Frontline kills fleas and ticks on contact.



4.
Do I need to use flea treatment all year long?
  While the cold winter months may mean that fleas will not survive, the warmth of your home means that fleas can survive indoors year round and infect your pets.  For good flea control, it is recommended to treat through out the whole year.



5. What are the minimum ages, flea products can be used on kittens?
  Advantage, Frontline Plus can all be used from 8 weeks of age in kittens.



6. What are the minimum age flea products can be used on puppies?
  Frontline Plus can be used on pups from 8 weeks, Advantage and K9 Advantix can be used on pups from 7 weeks.



7. Can I bath my pet while using topical flea treatments?
  Frontline Plus, Advantage and K9 Advantix are all water proof.  Pets may be bathed, go swimming or play in the rain when these products are applied and they will remain effective for the whole month.  Pets treated with Frontline Plus may be bathed once the application area appears dry, usually 24 – 48 hours.  If Frontline is to be applied after a bath, the manufacturers recommends that owners make sure the pet is completely dry before applying.  Advantage and K9 Advantix also remain effective after bathing or swimming.  The company that manufacturers these products have found that pets may be bathed from two days after the products have been applied and they will remain effective.



8. How quickly does Frontline kill parasites?
  Research shows that Frontline products will kill fleas with in 18 hours of contact with your treated pet.



9.

How does Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Plus spread over a pet’s body?  How long does it take?
  Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Plus spread over the pet’s body by a process called translocation. When applied, these products are gradually dispersed by the pet’s nature oils, collecting in the oil glands in the skin.  It is then (wicked) onto the hair over the next 30 days.  The translocation process can take up to 24 hours to complete.



10. Do fleas and ticks have to bite my pet for Frontline to work?
  Fleas and ticks do not have to bite your pet for Frontline to work.  Frontline will kill fleas and ticks if they simply come into contact with your pet’s hair. The fleas will die within 18 hours of contact with your pet, and ticks will die within 48 hours.



11. Why am I seeing more fleas on my pet after I apply Frontline?
  After the application of Frontline, you may see more fleas, but this is an indication that Frontline is working.  Frontline makes flea’s hyperexcited, drawing them to the top of your pet’s coat before dying.  This will make more visible to you.



12. I treated my pet with Frontline, but I am still seeing fleas in my home.  Why?
  The fleas you see are most likely hatched flea eggs that were deposited in the environment before you began using Frontline.  Consecutive monthly applications of Frontline to your pet will assist with the elimination of an indoor flea life cycle.  In some parts for the United States, it may be required to use the product year round.



13.

How can a few drops of Advantage protect my pet from fleas?
  Once Advantage is applied to your pet; it spreads on the surface of the skin at the hair root level, aided by body movement, to provide whole body coverage. The revolutionary chemistry causes the flea's nervous system to become impaired, and the flea dies.



14. What if I still see fleas after using Advantage?
  Reinfesting fleas, which likely come from the pet's environment or outdoors, will be killed within two hours, with protection against further flea infestation lasting up to a month.



15.

If my pet goes swimming, or gets caught in the rain, will Advantage remain effective?
  Advantage is water-resistant. It continues to work even when your pet gets wet. Advantage works against fleas even after a shampooing, swimming or exposure to rain or sunlight. This is especially important for animals with skin conditions that require bathing and dogs that swim frequently. More importantly, the studies also show repeated treatments are not required because Advantage continues to work even when your pet gets wet.



16.

Can I give my pet a bath every week?
  Advantage will continue to work if you bathe your animal on a regular basis. If your pet requires frequent bathing, reapplication may be required more than once monthly.



17.

Should my pet be clean before I apply Advantage?
  It is not necessary, but to obtain best results, it is recommended your pet be clean of excess dirt and debris, and be dry before applying Advantage.



18. How does Frontline kill fleas before they can lay eggs on my pet?
  Once new adult fleas jump on your pet, they must be present on the host for at least 24 to 36 hours before they can lay eggs.  Our research indicates that Frontline when used monthly will kill fleas within 18 hours of application before they can lay eggs.



19. Can I put Advantage on my kitten?  How often can I apply Advantage to my pet?
  Advantage is a once a month topical flea treatment for cats and kittens 8 weeks or older and dogs and puppies 7 weeks or older. This product kills 98-100% of the fleas on cats and dogs within 12 hours.



20.

What if my dog is over 55 lbs?
  The manufacturer does not recommend using more than one tube, even if your dog is over 55 lbs. The frequency of application may be adjusted; talk to your veterinarian to determine whether you should apply Advantage more often than once a month



21. Is this product safe for use around small children? Is it toxic to humans?
  As with any flea product, you should take care while applying to your pet. After application, wash your hands with soap and water to make sure that the Advantage® doesn't irritate your skin. Advantage® dries very fast and should not harm people petting the treated animal. Small children should avoid handling the treated pet for a day or two until the product is fully absorbed into the oil glands in the skin.


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