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The science behind Advantage® flea treatment

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Using a spot-on flea treatment like Advantage helps protect your dog or cat against fleas and their irritating effects. Find out how Advantage works.
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A single flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day – which means a small flea problem can turn into a big one very quickly. To deal with these invasive parasites, you need a fast, effective flea treatment that will kill adult fleas on your pet.

You may have heard about the benefits of spot-on flea treatments like Advantage – but how do they work, and how do you know they’re the right solution for a flea problem?

How Advantage works to kill adult fleas

Many pet owners prefer spot-on treatments like Advantage, as they can be easier to use and fleas don’t need to bite to be killed.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Advantage spot-on flea treatment is applied directly to your cat’s or dog’s skin via an easy-to-use pipette.
  2. The Advantage solution spreads quickly through the lipid/fatty layer across your pet’s skin and coat from the point of application and kills fleas within one day.
  3. The active ingredient in Advantage kills fleas on contact, which means fleas don’t need to bite your pet for this product to work. This is in contrast to oral flea products, which are active in your pet’s bloodstream, requiring fleas to bite and feed in order to be killed.
  4. As your pet naturally sheds their skin and fur, the active ingredient, imidacloprid, is also shed into your pet’s environment killing flea larvae. Advantage further prevents infestations for up to a month by also killing flea larvae in the home.
  5. With monthly, year-round use, Advantage provides long-term flea protection for your cat or dog, keeping your pet and your family happy and protected.
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