Day 89 – Year 6

June 7, 2016

I deem today to be National Advantix Information Day.


Advantix is a topical flea and tick prevention that you apply to your dog’s coat once per month to aid, treat and prevent the flea life cycle (adults, larva and eggs) as well as certain adult tick species such as Ixodes, Dermacentor and Rhipicephalus.


Believe it or not, this is written directly on the box. I know because I just spent a couple pointless hours trying to write those long scientific names with Laney’s help. And I really think she does not know how to read. Or spell.


Anyways, the reason I am bringing this product to your attention is because a lot of owners have been picking it up from the office. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product, but did you happen to notice the big crossed out picture of a cat on the front?! It is really offensive to me… and I will explain.


Advantix is toxic to cats if it is digested when wet. You would think this would be straightforward. But if you can imagine the world full of cats like Laney, who cannot read or spell as cats should, or those that likely enjoy the prospect of grooming their dog companions, YUCK, this toxin warning would be a concept that is difficult to follow.


To protect the integrity of the feline name, I take it upon myself to inform the multi-species pet owners that if you love your dog enough to use this product then you will love your cat enough to separate them for at least 12 hours so that the product is completely dry. I know that they will be devastated. Trust me, the dog will cry and the cat will (I hope) act indifferent. Or at least come to its senses that it does not need to groom the dog.  Once the product has dried, it is quite safe for your cat to groom your dog but why they would in the first place escapes me.


If this is an instruction that you cannot stomach because the thought of keeping your cat away from your dog is traumatizing to all parties involved – then I would recommend using another tick and flea product such as Bravecto.


Bravecto is a chewable tablet that you can give every 3 months and there are no pictures of cats on the box. If you have questions about this product you can ask one of the girls because I’m a cat and this does not concern me. 

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