Kubrick & Hitchcock's Mom
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I have noticed other sites warning about the use of K9 Advantix on dogs, particularly small dogs, but not here on this site and I thought I should bring it up because Kubrick had an averse reaction to it.
I put him on Advantix (he used to be on Frontline) because the vet recommended it. I gave him his first dose on Monday and on Tuesday I noticed him scratching the area that I applied it to a lot. I thought that was strange, but didn't think anything of it. On Wednesday morning he threw up (I thought it was an empty stomach thing but he actually had a late dinner the night before - at 9:30pm and he threw up at 8am) and was feeling very lethargic most of the day. Later on he started acting normal, so I didn't think anything of it. However, today I just noticed that not only has he not stopped itching the area where the Advantix was applied, there was actually something strange about it. When I touch him anywhere on his body he is completely fine, but if I touch the area where it was applied directly, he gets a muscle twitch and his whole body tenses until I stop touching it. Spencer (who is the most laid back, just let's see what happens type of guy) saw it when I showed it to him and immediately said to not give it to Kubrick anymore. He isn't in pain since he's not flinching away or yelping or anything, he acts totally normal, it's just like an involuntary spasm. It's really scary to see, though.
I started researching this more online and a LOT of people have noticed muscle problems with their pets after applying Advantix (anything from a constant tick to muscles completely giving out!). This has scared me enough that I'm going back to the Frontline, even if it supposedly isn't working as well anymore. I know some people use Advantix with no problems, but there are plenty of pets out there that do have a reaction to it and I guess Kubrick is one of them.
Just a warning in case anyone is thinking about switching from Frontline like I was... just keep an eye on your pets or just don't do it at all. Like I said, not all pets have a bad reaction (I'm sure there are people here who give it to their Havs with no problems), but enough of them do that I am now very wary of it and just wanted to share Kubrick's experience with you all.