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Wouldn’t it be more comfortable and hygienic if your pet is flea free when you cuddle? All pet parents just love to lie down with their pets irrespective of the seasons. Summers have started showing its bright colors and this season can be really difficult for pet parents as it takes extra efforts to take your pet’s thorough care. There is so much to look for, their food, appropriate supply of water, maintaining their walk schedules in such a way that they don’t find it too hot, and most importantly, flea & tick infestation.

Fleas and ticks gets pet parents worked up all over the year, but in summers an extra consideration is inevitable. The basic thing that keeps parents busy is the confusion about the flea and tick treatment for the pets. Isn’t it? You may be wondering which treatment will keep your furry little pals safe from parasites this summer. Yes, there are number of options you could choose from, but the three ruling flea and tick treatments today are: Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix and Advantage. So, don’t want you want to know which one can be the most suitable for your pets?

Let’s have a look at some comparison aspects which may help you to chose a better flea and tick treatment this summer!

1. Which house do they belong to?

Frontline Plus is formulated by the Merial Animal Health Group. This treatment has carved a niche of its own for 14 years now and is still opted as the best parasitic treatment for pets. K9 Advantix and Advantage, both are from the house of Bayer, one of the oldest pharmaceuticals of the world. These treatments are also present in the market for a long time now.

2. Which pests do they target?

Frontline Plus is capable of killing both, fleas and ticks. It also eliminates the juvenile stages of the fleas, lice and prevents re-infestation of these pests. K9 Advantix is equally efficient as Frontline Plus in killing fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes. The added advantage of this treatment is that apart from elimination, it also repels these parasites and would not let them hop on the back of your pawed friends after its application. Unlike these two treatments, Advantage is only effective on fleas and does not kill ticks. It has the potential to destroy chewing lice and the early stages of fleas. All three treatments take almost the same time to kill fleas which is 12 hours after its application. Ticks are fully eliminated by Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix within 48 hours.

3. Are all three treatments safe for canines and felines both?

The answer would be no! Of these three, K9 Advantix is lethal for cats. The other two are available for both, dogs and cats in different packs. It is advisable that if you have canine and a feline as pets, avoid K9 Advantix. The accidental exposure of cats to this treatment, even through a treated pooch could take your kitty away from you. So, pet parents having both as pets, it may be better to chose from Frontline Plus and Advantage.

4.  Which ingredients are used to make these preventives?

Of these three, Advantage for dogs is made with a single active ingredient called imidalcoprid. While K9 Advantix uses one more active ingredient, Permethrin apart from Imidalcoprid. These key ingredients collectively block the message transmission from central nervous system of the parasites and eventually kill them. Frontline Plus is formulated with Fipronil and (s)- methoprene. The former kills the adult parasites by attacking their nervous system and the latter targets its juvenile stages.

5. What are the basic safety measures of these treatments?

Well, you may not need to worry anything about your pets that love having a splash. All three treatments are waterproof. The one thing that you may need to keep in mind before placing an order is the weight of your pets. All the three preventives are available in color coded packs for pets falling in different weight ranges. It is safe to apply Frontline Plus and Advantage in puppies older than 8 weeks while you can apply K9 Advantix to puppies above 7 weeks of age. All three treatments combat with these parasites for a whole month.

6. What about popularity and prices?

Well, Frontline Plus is the most popular flea and tick treatment by far. It is advisable that if your pets are comfortable with this treatment and it works efficiently for them, then this may be the best option for you. It is also cheaper than K9 Advantix and both have the same potential. K9 Advantix just has a single added feature of repelling pests, so consider that you are buying only this feature with extra bucks. Advantage can be a suitable option for those pets that are only infested with fleas. You can buy any of these treatments at trimmed prices from online sellers. You just need to find a perfect online store!

So, Advantage can be a perfect option for pets that are infested only with fleas. For your pawed friends that can also be infected by ticks, it is recommended to use either Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix. If Frontline Plus shows great results for your pets, it is better if you don’t switch the treatment as K9 Advantix has shown some side effects in pets. Well, choose the best for your furry friends this summer. All the best!


Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.