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Advocate is a spot-on treatment used to control internal and external parasites affecting dogs, cats and ferrets. The contents of one pipette are applied to the skin on the back of the neck between the parted hair. The area is then left to dry, which might take a few hours. One of the active ingredients, moxidectin, is absorbed through the skin and travels around the body, treating internal parasites such as worms. The other active ingredient, imidacloprid, transfers across the surface of the body, dissolved in the oils on the surface of the skin and hairs. Surface living parasites such as fleas are killed on contact.
Of all the products available, Advocate probably kills the broadest range of parasites affecting dogs, cats and ferrets
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Within a few seconds of administering this my Boxer shook her head and neck ( as she did last time) Holding a biscuit this time I thought she`d be distracted from the cool feeling of the liquid, as a vet friend says it is the alcohol in it which feels cool. Droplets of product spread over hand-painted kitchen cupboards as it did last time when it removed the water-based paint. However I didn`t notice it was also in places on the door of my washing machine so didn`t wipe this down, when I looked a few hours later after our walk the plastic where the drops landed had sort of melted!! Apart from being unsightly it alarms me as to what it does inside my dog. When I have ( carefully outdoors) used the last of these I will go back to a pump-spray as I find the dogs have tolerated this better and although I know it`s the same sort of product I feel it`s not so toxic, my last-but-one Boxer had skin reactions from the spot-on`s so she and my last Boxer had spray, Pepper was given spot-on treatment at the rescue centre and seemed to tolerate it but I won`t continue with them even though they are easier to use.
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Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Advocate Spot-on Solution for Dogs & Cats, including answers from our team.
Can I purchase advocate without a prescription please
No, I'm afraid not. You must have a prescription from your vet to purchase Advocate. Once you have a prescription we would be very happy to supply you with it.
Is it Safe to use on Shetland Sheepdog or Collie ?
My baby is a 11 years old female Shetland sheep dog
This product contains Moxidectin, a Macrocyclic Lactone, in the same class as Ivermectin. Advocate was tested on Ivermectin sensitive collies at 5 times the recommended dose with no adverse effects so it is unlikely to cause a problem for your dog. However it is important that she doesn't lick it. Please see blurb from the data sheet below:
"When the product is applied in 3 to 4 separate spots in larger dogs, specific care should be taken to prevent the animal licking the application sites. Oral uptake by Collies, Old English Sheepdogs and related breeds or crossbreeds should be prevented.
During treatment with Advocate no other antiparasitic macrocyclic lactone should be administered. This product contains moxidectin (a macrocyclic lactone), therefore special care should be taken with Collies, Old English Sheepdogs and related breeds or crossbreeds, to correctly administer the product as described above. In particular, oral uptake by the recipient and/or other animals in close contact should be prevented.
Ivermectin-sensitive Collie dogs tolerated up to 5 times the recommended dose repeated at monthly intervals without any adverse effects, but the safety of application at weekly intervals has not been investigated in ivermectin-sensitive Collie dogs. When 40% of the unit dose was given orally, severe neurological signs were observed. Oral administration of 10% of the recommended dose produced no adverse effects."
I use advocate on my spaniel every month but gave just noticed a couple of fleas on her . Her last treatment was Wednesday and Friday I noticed fleas on her Sunday what do you suggest thanks
Advocate is generally very good and should be effective if you have applied it properly. What you might have is a problem with fleas in the house. Fleas can reside in the environment and jump onto your dog. The advocate should kill the fleas once they are on your dog but not instantly hence why you have seen a few on your dog. You should use a flea spray such as Virbac Indorex to treat the house- carpets, furniture, bedding, curtains etc.
My dog Hates me putting the advocart
On his neck. Is there a tablet that covers the same lung worm ect?
We do also worm him as normal with the tablet for that .
There is a tablet which acts against the same type of lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) but it is best given more frequently and needs to be prescribed by your vet. You could ask your vet about possibly using Milbemax as an alternative to Advocate, but for most dogs it is not a sensible alternative. For your dog it might make sense though.
Is it really necessary to apply advocate to my puppy every month. I am worried about over medicating him as I take my mini pinscher abroad with me three times a year and have to give him a tablet for worms each time so I can bring him back to the UK. He is a very happy and lively dog but quite skinny for my liking. I hope that's not due to all the poison I am forced to give him. Please advise urgently. Thank you.
If you travel abroad with your puppy, he is almost certainly at much greater risk if he is not treated with these things, than if he is treated. I understand your concerns about forcing "chemicals" upon him, but they are very thoroughly tested products and have been demonstrated to have no adverse effects when used as recommended. Dogs which are not treated are known to suffer a whole host of adverse effects from various parasites which are controlled very effectively by what you are using. (The tablets is for tapeworms which is just about the only worm not treated by Advocate, so they are good to be used together.) I think you are right to question giving these treatments and it does go against the grain somewhat. However I am sure that on average, treated dogs do significantly better than none treated dogs. On balance, your puppy is better off on treatment. Being underweight can be caused by so many different things, it is very unlikely to have anything to do with parasite treatments.
Why do I need a prescription for flea and worker?
If we are posting medication to an address in the UK, we have to follow relevant UK law. For reasons we are not involved in, some medicines are legally classed as POM-V which means a veterinary prescription is needed. We will always aim to follow the law. Please note that some other flea and worm treatments do not need a prescription, though at the moment Advocate seems to be an exceptionally effective and safe product. If in the fullness of time it is proven to be this safe, then its legal classification might be relaxed and it might then be available without prescription. Obviously we would like that very much, but it is not our decision. Usually this only happens after a new product has been used widely for a few years to allow time for a full assessment to be made. Advocate is still newer than many of the other products.
My springer/cocker seems to be very subject to ticks at the moment. Is this effective on ticks? I can't see any specific mention of it.
Advocate is not effective against ticks. (It is a great product and very effective against most parasites, but not against ticks or tapeworms.) There are a number of other treatments for ticks. You can use Frontline Spot-on or a Scalibor collar (the latter probably more effective, both are non-prescription). There are a number of prescription products for ticks, your vet would have to advise you on these. I would suggest the collar to use along with Advocate.
Hi what can I use to treat a 6 week old puppy that has mites
The safest thing to do is to wait until the puppy is 7 weeks of age, then treat with Advocate. If the mite problem is too bad for that and the diagnosis is definite then your vet might direct you to use Advocate at 6 weeks of age, or try a different product such as Stronghold (which can be used from 6 weeks of age anyway).
Can you tell me how long it takes to kill and pass worms after Advocate spot on treatment for my dog.
I would expect most worms to be killed within 24 hours. However most of them will be digested, rather than expelled, so you would not expect to see any passed in a recognisable state. (Some old fashioned wormers worked partly through getting the entire gut contents to pass out very quickly, worms and all. This made them obvious to see, but is not actually as good for the dog or cat.)
Hi if I give my cat advocate do I need an additional wormer? Of so for which type of worms- my puppy has had advocate at vets and they advised she needs a tapeworm ing tablet at 12 weeks. I use fibrospot and dronal at the moment
Advocate covers all worms apart from tapeworms. It also covers for fleas, so you do not need the Fiprospot if you continue with Advocate. Drontal does cover for tapeworms as well as most other worms. If you want a treatment just for tapeworms then Droncit is the one I would recommend (a tablet or spot-on is available).