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Generally safe to use on dogs who are more than 7 weeks old, Advantix can cause skin irritations, such as burning or tingling sensations, in animals or humans when the medication comes in contact with their skin. Removing the chemicals from the skin quickly helps reduce further discomfort and negative reactions.
Removing Advantix from a Dog's Skin
Apply gentle dish detergent to your dog's skin. Use a soft washcloth and water to wash your dog's skin gently and thoroughly. Don't scrub the skin, which can worsen the irritation.
Contact your vet to determine whether further action is needed.
Call Bayer's emergency hotline to report your dog's negative reaction to the product. You can reach the hotline by calling 1-800-422-9874.
Check the dog's skin to make sure the irritation, redness or itchiness caused by the product is gone before applying a different flea and tick preventative.
Removing Advantix from Human Skin
Remove anything that may have come in contact with Advantix, including clothing, rubber gloves or jewelry. Throw away disposable items, such as gloves. Clean other items, such as clothing or jewelry, as soon as possible to remove the chemicals and to prevent further skin contact.
Wash any areas of skin that had contact with Advantix with water for at least 15 minutes.
Contact your doctor or a poison control center if redness, tingling or burning occur on the skin. You can contact the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222.
Slight skin redness or irritation is normal for up to 48 hours after application, but always contact your vet if you're concerned about an adverse reaction.
If your dog has a negative reaction to Advantix, contact your vet about other flea and tick preventatives that might be safer for your pet.
When applying Advantix to your dog, wear rubber gloves to reduce the risk of skin contact with the chemicals.
When removing Advantix from your dog's skin, do not scrub. Scrubbing can actually worsen the skin irritation.
Advantix should always be applied by an adult.
Any materials that have come in contact with Advantix should be kept away from cats and aquatic creatures because its chemical compounds are deadly to these animals.
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