I’m not one easily grossed out by bugs. I’m actually the kind of person who will try and catch a bug alive and set it free outside whenever possible. I do get grossed out by those creepy crawlies with a lot of legs. And I have “issues” with big brown spiders (my mom died from complications from a Brown Recluse bite).
There is one insect that I fear the most – ticks! Oh my goodness! You have no idea just how freaked out I get over them. Ewwww!!!
Growing up I paid no mind to ticks. They are gross, especially when they get attached to your dog and engorged with blood so they look like a Raisinettes. But I never really gave them much thought. I would tell my mom and she would take care of it. Now that I’m a mom it’s up to me or my husband to remove ticks.
When our dog was a puppy we took him for a walk at the park and he came home with several ticks. We couldn’t’ get rid of them! $400 later (grooming, vet, products…) we finally got rid of them. From that point on we never took our dog any place where there might be ticks. Occasionally he does pick one up just walking around our condo but one is easier to take care of then several.
Recently my husband woke up and found a tick on his chest – UNDER his shirt! We both got the heebie jeebies from that incident.
I’ve always been curious about flea and tick products. I tend to stay away from things like that because I worry about the health of my pet and my children. I don’t know how toxic these things are, or even if they work.
Vet Depot sent me a 4 months supply of K9 Advantix II to try out on our dog Espn (pronounced Es-Pin). K9 Advantix II protects your dog against ticks, fleas, flies, mosquitoes and lice. Lice? I didn’t even know pets could get lice. Ewww! It’s also not recommended for cats.
I thought there would be a drawn out process to apply the product. I was shocked at how easy it was. Simply squeeze one of the tubs on the back of your dogs neck (shoulders), on your dogs back and at the base of the tail. You should wait before the product is dry before petting or touching your dog and keep him/her away from other animals and children until it’s dried. Make sure to read the directions carefully and fully before applying.
According to the product, K9 Advantix II…
- Repels and kills ticks including Deer ticks (vector of Lyme disease), American dog ticks (vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever), Brown dog ticks (vector of Ehrlichiosis), and Lone Star ticks (vector of Ehrlichiosis) for up to four weeks.
- Repels and kills all life stages of fleas.
- Prevents fleas on treated dogs from infesting your home.
- Kills fleas on dogs within 12 hours and continues to prevent infestations for a month.
- Prevents development of fleas, flea eggs, pupae and larvae for a month.
- Larval flea stages in the dog’s surroundings are killed following contact with a K9 Advantix treated dog.
- Repels and kills mosquitoes for up to four weeks.
- Repels and prevents blood-feeding by biting flies.
- Is waterproof.
- Offers 5-way protection against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice.
- Kills chewing lice.
I cannot tell you scientifically if the product works or not since we have not found any ticks and our dog has never had fleas (thankfully!) or lice. We haven’t seen any mosquitoes lately either. None the less the K9 Advantix II is offering me and my family peace of mind that our dog is protected as well as the rest of our family and our cats. All it takes is for one tick or flea to make it into your home and you can have a serious infestation.
On Vet Depot the four pack of K9 Advantix II sells for just under $46 which comes out to about $11.50 per month. That is a small price to pay for peach of mind and for protecting your pet and home against ticks and fleas. The cost to have them removed by the groomer, vet or exterminator can cost hundreds by comparison.
Vet Depot offers a huge selection of pet care products for dog, cats, small animals and even livestock. They carry health care products, treats and even toys.
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*I received the product free of charge as part of a campaign with Living Your Moment in order to write my review. All opinions are mine and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255 concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.