What is Advantage used for?
Advantage (Imidacloprid) is a topical medication used to treat and prevent flea infestation affecting cats or dogs. It operates by killing and destroying fleas as well as their eggs and larvae. The organisms are normally eliminated within twelve hours of application and regular use can prevent further infestations. Your veterinarian may also prescribe this medicine to be used along with others to get the most effective results from treatment.
How should I use Advantage?
It is important to follow your veterinarian's instructions and those included with the packaging of Advantage (Imidacloprid) to get the most effective results from treatment. Most owners are instructed to dispense one pipette of mediation each month, but the best prescription for your pet will depend on its weight, health, and the severity of its symptoms. To apply the medicine remove one pipette from the pouch, hold the applicator with the small end facing up, cut the end of the applicator off with scissors, spread the hair at the base of the animal's neck to reveal the skin, and apply the contents of the applicator directly onto the skin. There is no need to spread the medication as it will be absorbed though the skin and spread through the blood stream. Keep the medication from contacting the pet's eyes or other mucous membranes as this may cause unexpected complications. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after each application to prevent it from contacting your skin or mucous membranes. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Advantage?
When applied correctly, the use of Advantage (Imidacloprid) will not cause side effects in most pets. Some animals may experience minor side effects including:
Stop using the medication and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if any serious side effects occur such as severe dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, faintness, muscle tremors, or signs of an allergic reaction such as severe skin rashes, unusual swelling, or trouble breathing. These symptoms may require alterations to your pet's dosage or emergency care in serious cases.
Advantage (Imidacloprid) is only meant to be applied to cats or dogs and should never be administered to other animals or humans. Do not apply the medication to skin that is broken, severely damaged, or to pets that are pregnant, nursing, prescribed other medications. You are also advised to apply the medicine to areas of skin the animal is unable to groom to prevent ingestion.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your veterinarian or pharmacist while using Advantage (Imidacloprid). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the pet and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain pets, it is essential you always inform your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if your pet has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.