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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:07 pm 
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Now I was curious what is your take on advantix?


Is that a trick question?? :-o :))

Chemicals are poisons. That is why they are labeled with a skull and cross bones. I'm pretty sure that you know this part of my answer. :D When a product tells you to use with caution, to wear gloves when using, etc, etc it means that the product has safety issues. My thinking is that if it is dangerous for the flea and tick, that it has the possibility of being dangerous to the dog and to me. Note, that is my thinking. The poison companies will tell you different. You have to depend on your common sense, what you have learned over the years and follow the money.

There are many reports of side effects of Advantix and all of the other spot-on products.
There seem to be a lot of neurological problems with Advantix. Some side effects are deadly and some are minor. Here is a link to an EPA link that has looked at the spot-on products. http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/pe ... seval.html Basically, the report says that smaller dogs were more affected and dogs under 3 years old. When you do a search for Advantix side effects you get a lot of forums that have lots of people talking about their experiences with Advantix. http://www.dogsonly.org/Woof/toast.asp? ... d=2&tid=29 http://dogtime.com/discussions/4cecc8e0010619210f001d95 http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2009 ... cklish.php There were several others that I read. Most had discussions about dogs being damaged by Advantix, but one was supportive of Advantix. Many of the stories that I read were ones where the side effects did wear off, but, I'm pretty sure that it would be really scary to see your pet having a reaction to something that you put on your pet.

What to do if your pet is having an adverse reaction to a flea control product...

BATHE YOUR PET WITH A MILD DISH DETERGENT (SUCH AS DAWN),
AND RINSE WITH LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER. DO NOT USE A
FLEA AND TICK SHAMPOO BECAUSE IT CONTAINS PESTICIDE.

IF SIGNS CONTINUE (LETHARGY, LOSS OF APPETITE, DROOLING,
INCOORDINATION, LABORED BREATHING, INCREASED EXCITABILITY,
ELEVATED BODY TEMPERATURE, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, OR SEIZURES),
CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY.


How do I report an adverse reaction to a flea control product?

If you suspect your pet had an adverse reaction to a pesticide product, please contact:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs (Mail Code 7509C)
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

E-mail: opp-web-comments@epa.gov


There are just so many natural flea and tick products, that I would only use a poison after all else failed. Cedarcide is a great product that is as good and as safe as any one could want. Cedar has been used as a pesticide for 1000's of years. You can read about it and purchase it here. http://www.cedarcidestore.com/ANIMALHEALTH.html
There is a product that Courtney uses that comes from Walmart, but I cant find the post for it. There are a ton of products that either repel or kill fleas and ticks that are not poisons. Check out http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/DogCategoryPage.aspx Most of them require more frequent use, but if you are concerned about the health of your dog, that is a small price to pay.

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