Side Effects of Advantage For Cats

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Sensitivities and side effects from Advantage flea control aren’t common. As with any medication designed to protect your furry pal from pests, problems can arise. Side effects range from mild skin irritations to severe neurological problems. It’s important to apply Advantage correctly to prevent major issues.

Potential Problems

Because Advantage is a topical treatment, the chemicals can irritate your kitty’s skin. Red patches, itching, open sores and bald spots could result. If she happens to ingest some of the treatment, she might start to drool and salivate excessively. Once the product reaches her gut, she may vomit or have diarrhea. In severe cases, Advantage can cause problems in the nervous system of felines. It can make your fur ball extremely lethargic or nervous, or possibly lead to tremors.

Special Considerations

When applied properly, along the base of your cat’s skull, she shouldn’t be able to lick the Advantage. However, if you apply it to all the cats in your home or use a treatment on your pooch around the same time, they may lick it off of each other. Dangerous side effects are more likely to occur if your kitty happens to ingest Advantage that is designed for canines. When treating multiple animals, keep them separated until the product is fully dry, as a precautionary measure.

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