K9 Advantix is a highly effective flea control product, created by Bayer, for use ONLY on dogs. This product is poisonous for cats.
If you are looking for flea control for your cat, use Advantage. It is safe to use on both cats and dogs.
Do Not Use Advantix for Cats
Both Advantix and Advantage are topical ointments that are applied once a month to your pet’s skin. Permethrin is an active ingredient in K9 Advantix, which cats cannot metabolize.
They will suffer from toxic effects if they are exposed to it, called permethrin toxicity. Symptoms of toxicity can begin within hours of exposure and can potentially kill your cat if it is not treated.
Symptoms of Toxicity from Advantix
- Tremors and twitching (sometimes just your cat’s ears)
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of appetite
Choose Advantage for Cats
Advantage is safe to use on cats because it is not made with permethrin. It uses the active ingredient imidacloprid, which cats can metabolize in their body so your cat will not get toxicity from using it.
Advantage is effective for killing fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae. It works within 12 hours applying. It also helps prevent flea infestations.
I Gave My Cat Advantix By Accident, Now What?
First, don’t panic. A lot of people make the mistake of giving their cats Advantix. Vets commonly treat permethrin toxicity. Make sure you take your cat to the vet. He or she will be given a skin decontamination bath and possibly some tremor or seizure control medication through an IV. The tremors will last for about 12 to 24 hours but it is possible that they will last up to 72 hours. For cats given treatment early, they will have a full recovery.
When Not to Use Advantix for Dogs
If you have both a cat and a dog in your home, then it is important that you do not use Advantix on your dogs. This is because your cat may still get poisoning by ingesting it.
Your cat can be exposed to Advantix if they groom your dog or simply by close contact with your dog within 48 hours of application.
If you still want to use Advantix on your dog, apply it outside and keep your cat away from your dog until the area is dry. This means that it has been absorbed into your dog’s body.
Always Check the Label and Ingredients
Like Advantix, there are other products that cannot be used on both cats and dogs. Make sure to always check if a product is ok before giving it to your pet. Check labels for ingredients to ensure that they are safe.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of stuff out there that can be harmful for your pet so it is very important to always check first, for your pet’s health and safety, and for your wallet too. Prevention will cost a lot less than vet bills for treatment.