Fleas are small wingless external parasites known for their biting and blood-sucking abilities. They are the most common irritant and botheration for pets as they dig into them mercilessly, bite them and suck their blood. Fleas are harmful as they also transmit tapeworms and several infectious diseases, including the plague. It can eventually affect humans and other pets, if the menace is not controlled in the early stages.

Flea problems are widespread, rarely any homes are spared; not even the spotless homes. Humidity is probably the single most important factor in flea survival, but in hot, dry areas with low humidity, fleas survive because they can remain cocooned for months. Fleas transmit pathogens like tapeworms into the blood stream by squirting its saliva and partially digested blood into the host with one part of the mouth and other part sucks blood from the host. Flea eggs are more difficult to kill because they are approximately 1/64th of an inch and fall off pets and to the floor, usually resting in cracks between boards, along mouldings, or in leaf litter. They are harder to find and have a hard exterior shell protecting them.

They are a major irritant to your pet, causes discomfort, irritation and allergic skin reaction in your pet which can ultimately lead to skin infections. More importantly, they transmit immature form of tapeworms. Whenever your pet snaps at a flea and swallows it, it has most surely exposed itself to tapeworm that attaches to the small intestine where it sucks up nutrients. In some weeks, you'll find dried, rice-like tapeworm segments attached to the pet's rectum or in the faeces. These tapeworm segments carry eggs and can eventually infect humans and other pets. So it is of utmost importance for the health and hygiene of your pet, your home and your loved ones that the fleas be killed.

The best way to prevent fleas on your dog is to use a product like k9 Advantix formulated specially for dogs to kill not just the flea but end its flea life cycle as well. It also prevents fleas from being able to reproduce thus ending its life cycle. K9 Advantix is recommended only for dogs.

K9 Advantix is an ideal product as it aims to kill fleas at every stage of their lifecycle and prevents fleas on a treated dog from infesting the home. It also treats, prevents and controls lice infestations directly on your dog.

K9 Advantix® II combines three effective ingredients to repel and kill ticks, fleas and mosquitoes, repel biting fleas, and kill lice. Imidacloprid and permethrin attack the above parasites' nerve cells at different sites, causing them to become paralyzed and die. Pyriproxyfen, an insect growth regulator, affects the early flea stages to prevent development of the flea to the next stage

There are several advantages to using K9 Advantix on dogs. It kills fleas within 12 hours of initial application. It effectively kills re-infesting fleas within 2 hours. Infesting fleas are those that jump on the dog after the product has been applied for 12 hours. I t has proved effective on lice infestations on pets. Advantage II is a dynamic formulation that is waterproof. Its medication does not wash off and is effective if your dog loves to enjoy swimming, bathing and splashing around in the water. The only recommendation is to use a non-detergent based shampoo. Its effectiveness lasts up to one month after which it is time for another application. The efficacy of the medication stays for as long as the packet remains unopened and is properly stored.

For increased peace of mind, use a flea preventative every month to protect your dog against fleas. Use it in the immediate environment of your dog like kennel, carpet, upholstery that is used by your pet. If your pet is spending long hour’s outdoors, please ensure you thoroughly spray your yard as well.

Author's Bio: 

K9 Advantix II for dogs is a monthly preventative that offers comprehensive protection against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies and chewing lice. K9 Advantix II For Dogs kills 98-100 percent of fleas within 12 hours and continues working for one month to prevent infestations.