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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-07-2008, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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K9 Advantix

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.


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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-07-2008, 05:53 AM
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Oh Carolina, how scary! Linda (lfung5) went through something similar last summer. It would be an easy topic to miss if it wasn't on your radar at the time though. HELP!!!!!Adverse reaction to K-9 Advantix?

At any rate, I am so glad you guys caught the reaction quickly. It is freaky how strong some of the reactions are and yet, other dogs have no reaction at all.
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Thanks for the reminder Lina. I had used Advantix only once on Riley, I do not recall him having any bad reactions but did not want to chance it once I heard of others having problems. I think Frontline is the way to go.

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Oh Carolina, how scary! Linda (lfung5) went through something similar last summer. It would be an easy topic to miss if it wasn't on your radar at the time though. HELP!!!!!Adverse reaction to K-9 Advantix?

At any rate, I am so glad you guys caught the reaction quickly. It is freaky how strong some of the reactions are and yet, other dogs have no reaction at all.
Good memory! I used Advantix on all my dogs, and Freddie and Scudder got itchy ALL over. It turned into a staff infection. After a few visits to the vet, it was determined it was not the Advantix. I have been using it since with no reaction. For the winter I switch back to Frontline, but that does not work well for them. I still find live ticks on them. With the Advanix, I never found a tick on them. I will go back to the Advantax when tick season is in full force, but proceed with caution and look for any reaction! Thanks for the warning!





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Linda, after the staph was gone, did you ever use the Advantix on the dogs again? It seems like a freak coincidence that two of them ended up with staph infections at the same time, but of course, if they are both scratching and one had it, I can see how it would be transferred.
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Kimberly, thanks for letting me know! I did a search but somehow missed Linda's thread! I was really scared when I noticed all these symptoms. It is weird how some dogs have a bad reaction to it that is so major and yet others don't react to it at all.

Linda, that is so scary! I'm glad that Freddie and Scudder are okay, though if you're using Advantix still with no problems it probably was something else, as you said.


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Lina~ I'm sorry to hear about Kubrick's reaction. Thanks for sharing it, though. I know it will help someone. I use Advantix on Tori at the vet's recommendation. She has had no reaction to it whatsoever. My DS and DIL use it on their little Peke and she's fine, too.

Like you said, some will have a reaction so, it's up to us to be watchful and sensitive to how are babies are acting and reacting to their environment.

Hope Kubrick feels better quickly.

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I hope Kubrick is feeling better. I was just asking my breeder about this the other day. I had asked my vet before and they advised me against using the Advantix. She said she had seen a lot of bad reactions, especially in small, white dogs. She said it was strange, but true. I was just thinking with the spring coming and the Frontline not repelling ticks (the last time we went for a hike on a warm, wet afternoon, I pulled 11 ticks crawling off of him, yuck), I thought it might be time for a change. My breeder had the same reaction as my vet and said she would not switch to Advantix. I think Brady and I will just have to give up hiking in the woods for a while. We will just go on long neighborhood walks instead.


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I used Advantix and didn't have any problems....I'm sorry to read some of you have had reactions to it,as it works great.I will use it on both my guys this spring/summer. We have had lots of ticks in this area in the past,and they are nasty!

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I used Advantix on my other dogs with no problems. I use Frontline Plus on Kodi and Shelby with no problems. I do think Advantix works better, but I'm not switching from Frontline.


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