Does Advantage work on ticks?

If you have flea problems, you should consider Advantage. Unfortunately, if you have problems with ticks as well, it's designed to damage the nervous system of fleas specifically. It is extremely good at this - it will prevent fleas from biting often within a few minutes. It also has the benefit of having no bathing restrictions, which is a big problem with other flea medicines. However, the big drawback of Advantage: it doesn't have any ability to kill ticks. You can do one of two things: either buy a separate medicine to address the tick problem, or try a product that kills ticks as well. Frontline and K-9 Advantix are generally considered to be the best for this as, while they primarily geared towards fleas, they does a pretty decent job of tick control as well.

   

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For Tick Problems: Advantage is generally ineffective

Advantage won't actually get rid of ticks. You can combine it with another product such as a Preventic Collar (for dogs) that will get rid of the ticks. This will let you use it and still have some control over any tick issues you end up having. However, if you just want to go with one thing, and you have a tick problem as well, you're best suited with Frontline or K-9 Advantix. Advantage works well with indoor pets - they don't get the ticks because they don't go outside. Fleas can infest the house, but ticks generally won't - so you'll be able with all the indoor flea infestations.

However, you've got a couple of options if you only want to mess with one thing. K-9 Advantix is made by the same company (Bayer) and it kills ticks - but you can only use it on dogs. Frontline will work on both fleas and ticks, and you can use it on cats - it doesn't do as good of a job on ticks (specifically, you'll have to pull them off yourself - they'll die, but they'll be latched onto the pet). You also will have to apply it more frequently if you want to go after ticks as well - for fleas you only need to use Frontline every few months, but to be effective against ticks you'll have to use it monthly. If you've got a dog, you'll need to weigh it beforehand to get the right dose - they range from - under 10 pounds, 11-20 pounds, 21-55 pounds, and over 55 pounds. If you've got a cat, then it's easier- under 9 pounds or over 10 pounds.

Sources and Other Links:

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http://www.drlarrypetvet.com/shop_fleasandyou.html

http://www.beaveranimalclinic.com/pethealthinfo.html

http://www1.epinions.com/content_226472136324

http://www.placervillevet.com/flea_control.htm

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