How Long After Applying Advantix Can I Touch My Dog?

There are lots of flea and tick treatments on the market that offer protection. Applying treatments like Advantix can be done from home with ease, but they can take a while to absorb into the skin.

How Long After Applying K9 Advantix Can I Touch My Dog

How long before I can touch my dog after applying Advantix?

For Advantix to be completely effective it has to be absorbed into the skin. Any contact before this can remove the solution from your dog’s skin, which means he will not receive the full protection against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

Ideally, you should refrain from contact with your dog for 24 hours after application. This gives plenty of time for the solution to be completely absorbed into the skin. Contact includes stroking, hugging, and grooming your dog.

You should also refrain from bathing him for at least 24 hours after applying Advantix or you risk washing some of the solution off your dog’s skin.

How long after flea treatment can I pet my dog?

It is tempting to pick up and cuddle your pet as soon as the treatment is complete, but please resist the temptation. This allows the product time to work properly, killing fleas on contact and preventing them from biting or laying eggs on your pet’s body. It is essential to keep them separate from other pets and children for several hours after application.

Advantix® for dogs

K9 Advantix is a topical treatment for the control of parasites including fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. The solution kills fleas and ticks at all life stages, whilst also repelling them and preventing further bites.

12 hours after application, K9 Advantix offers your dog up to 30 days of protection. Fleas are already on your dog and any new fleas after the solution is added will die within 2 hours.

For Advantix to be effective, you should also regularly wash your dog’s bedding on a hot wash to prevent flea eggs from being laid there and transferring to your dog via contact.

Where to apply Advantix on dogs

When applying Advantix to your dog, make sure you start at the base of his neck and work down from the shoulder to the base of the tail. It is important that Advantix be applied directly on the skin for maximum effectiveness so use your fingers or a comb to part their fur until you can see it.

How to apply Advantix for dogs

Applying Advantix is easy and can be done in less than 2 minutes by following these simple steps.

  1. Ensure your dog has been bathed as you cannot do so within 2 days of application.
  2. Have your dog sit and part the hair in the locations advised on the packaging.
  3. Gently squeeze the applicator, keeping the tip in contact with the skin to avoid spillage.
  4. Give the solution at least one hour to dry.
  5. Cats cannot metabolize the main ingredients in Advantix so keep them separate from your dog for at least 24 hours to prevent them from licking your dog’s hair.

That’s it! Anyone can apply Advantix to their dog.

Side effects of Advantix on dogs

If this is the first time your dog has used Advantix, keep an eye on him in case he develops a reaction to the solution. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Itching or skin irritation at the application site
  • Poor coordination
  • Seizures

Severe reactions are rare but you should watch for any changes in behavior and contact your vet if you believe your dog has had a reaction to Advantix.

How to remove Advantix from dog

If you are still concerned about the product, you should bathe them three times back to back and you can use a liquid dish soap to remove all traces of Advantix was used on their fur.

What happens if my dog gets wet after flea treatment?

If your pet comes into contact with rain within the first 24 hours after treatment, it is unlikely that the product would have been washed away. However, if they do get soaked to the skin, there is a possibility that some of the product could be washed off and reapplication may be warranted.

What if a dog licks K9 Advantix?

If a dog licks K9 Advantix, he may drool from the taste. This is a rare occurrence and usually does not lead to more serious illness. If your pet appears to have had any kind of reaction to the product, stop using it immediately and consult your veterinarian.

Conclusion of applying Advantix for dogs

The number one rule of thumb for applying Advantix is to wait at least 24 hours after application before you get in contact with your dog and the substance. This will ensure that the chemical has had enough time to dry, allowing it to be most effective.

Advantix is a very effective and safe product to use on your dog, but it is important to follow the safety guidelines when using it. To avoid any complications, always follow the manufacturer’s directions and consult with a vet before using Advantix on puppies less than 7 weeks old or dogs weighing less than 4 pounds.

By following these basic precautions, you can ensure that using Advantix will be an enjoyable and effective experience for both you and your dog.

If you think that your pet has become ill from ingesting Advantix or any other medication or chemical, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Hopefully, this article has answered all of your questions regarding when it is safe to touch your dog after applying Advantix. If there are any further questions that need answering, don’t hesitate to ask!


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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