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What is the difference between Advocate and Revolution?

Advocate is a multi-purpose medication that combines Imidacloprid (the active ingredient in Advantage) with Moxidectin. It treats fleas, as well as prevents heartworm, hookworm and roundworm in dogs and cats, plus whipworm in dogs. It also controls other external parasites such as lice and ear mites in cats, and mange mites and lice in dogs. Application is monthly to the skin at the back of the neck. Advocate does not treat ticks or tapeworm. It is recommended to worm with a tapewormer tablet once every 3 months.

Revolution also has a multiple action. It is an easy to use and effective control for fleas. The main advantage of Revolution is that it also treats heartworm as well as ear mites and intestinal worms in cats and ear mites and sarcoptic mange mites in dogs. It is a very good treatment for cats that do not like taking tablets. Like Advocate, Revolution is eliminates the need to use separate flea and heartworm preparations each month. In dogs it is recommended that you still give an all wormer once every 3 months which treats all of the gastro-intestinal worms, such as the Drontal tablets.


What is the difference between Advantage and Advantix?

Advantage and Advantix are made by the same manufacturer – Bayer. They both contain an ingredient called imidacloprid, which kills adult fleas, as well as flea larvae on cats and dogs for up to a month after application. They both also have a claim to kill lice for up to 6 weeks in dogs. As both products contain the same ingredient for flea control they have a similar activity against fleas. Advantage and Advantix both kill 98-100% of fleas on a dog within 12 hours.

The difference between Advantix and Advantage is that Advantix also contains permethrin, an ingredient which repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes and sand flies for up to a month. Advantix is registered for the treatment and control of bush ticks,  brown dog ticks and paralysis ticks. To control paralysis ticks Advantix should be applied every 2 weeks. Permethrin is highly toxic to cats, so Advantix is only for use in dogs.

If you have dogs and live in an area where ticks are a problem, Advantix would be the better product to use. In households where dogs and cats socialize closely it is recommended that you don’t use Advantix due to the serious harmful effects that this product has on cats and Advantage is preferred.


What is the difference between Revolution and Frontline Plus?

Revolution is a topical 'spot-on' parasiticide used in the treatment and prevention of fleas, heartworm and ear mites in dogs and cats.

Frontline Plus is also a topical 'spot-on' type application and is used for the treatment and prevention of fleas, ticks and lice on dogs and cats, however the main difference is that Frontline Plus has no effect against heartworm.

Heartworm is a serious disease spread by infected mosquitoes. Heartworm infection is widely distributed throughout the mainland states of Australia. Treatment is very involved, complex and expensive, therefore prevention is preferable to the cure. When using Frontline Plus pet owners are also advised to use a heartworm preventative.

Both Revolution and Frontline Plus have a rapid onset of action for fleas. Both Revolution and Frontline Plus kill the egg stage as well as the adult stage of the flea lifecycle. Revolution is not registered for the control of ticks in Australia while Frontline Plus is registered for the control of the brown dog tick as well as paralysis ticks.

To control paralysis ticks Frontline Plus should be applied every 2 weeks.

Revolution contains the active ingredient selamectin while Frontline Plus contains fipronil and S-methoprene. Revolution is easy to use and effective against fleas and heartworm, as well as having added benefits such as ear mite control and intestinal worm control in cats. However if you live in an area where ticks are a problem you want to consider using Frontline Plus along with a separate heartwormer such as Heartgard Plus or one of the generic heartwormers such as Nuheart.


What is the difference between Advantix and Nexgard?

Advantix is a topical treatment that kills fleas and repels ticks, including the deadly paralysis tick, mosquitoes, sandflies and stable flies.

Advantix is an easy-to-use monthly spot-on treatment for fleas, however must be applied fortnightly to control paralysis ticks. With topical application, the active ingredients do not need to be absorbed into the blood, leading to a faster speed of kill.

Advantix contains the active ingredients imidacloprid and permethrin, which work to stop fleas and other pests feeding within 3-5 minutes of application and kills 100% or parasites within 1 hour of infestation. Advantix also provides effective tick control within 48 hours. Unlike Nexgard, Advantix also kills fleas in your dog’s surroundings – your home and yard. And because it is water resistant it keeps working even after swimming or shampooing.

Advantix is safe to use on puppies from 7 weeks old, pregnant and lactating bitches. However cats that share households with Advantix-treated dogs need to be separated from the dog for the first 12 hours or overnight after Advantix has been applied. The ingredient permethrin is highly toxic to cats, so Advantix is for use on dogs only. 

Nexgard is an oral flea and tick control product that protects dogs from fleas, paralysis ticks, brown dog ticks and bush ticks for a full month. 

Nexgard’s one chew once a month format also simplifies flea and tick treatment, leading to a dosing regime that can become regular and easy to follow for pet owners.

Each tasty beef-flavoured Nexgard chew and contains a molecule called afoxolaner, which has been developed specifically for veterinary medicine for use in dogs. For Nexgard to work, fleas and ticks must first feed on and ingest afoxolaner. When ingested, afoxolaner causes hyperexcitation and subsequently leads to the death of all external parasites. 

Nexgard stops fleas feeding within 30 minutes and kills 100% within 8 hours of infestation. Nexgard also provides effective tick control within 48 hours. 

Nexgard can be administered with or without food, is safe to use around cats and treatment can begin from 8 weeks old and more than 2 kg. 


What is the difference between Nexgard and Bravecto?

Nexgard and Bravecto are both chewable flea and tick control products that protect dogs from fleas, brown dog ticks, bush ticks and paralysis ticks. 

Nexgard contains the active ingredient afoxolaner, which has been developed specifically for veterinary medicine for use in dogs. For Nexgard to work, fleas and ticks must first feed on and ingest afoxolaner. When ingested afoxolaner causes hyperexcitation and subsequently leads to the death of all external parasites. 

Fluralaner is the active substance in Bravecto and acts as an ectoparasiticide. This results in killing of any parasites living on the skin or in the fur.

Both brands stop fleas feeding within 2 hours and kill 100% within 8 hours of infestation. For ticks, the onset of effect is within 24 hours for Bravecto and 48 hours for Nexgard. 

The main difference between the products is that Nexgard must be administered every month for effective protection against all parasites, however just one Bravecto chew protects your dog for 3 months against fleas and 4 months against deadly paralysis ticks.

Unlike Nexgard, Bravecto should be given with food, however both brands are safe to use around cats and treatment can begin from 8 weeks old and more than 2 kg.