Advantix II Vs Vectra 3d

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The War of Best Flea Drops Rages On

It seems as if there are a million different types of flea drops available on the market but which one is the best for your dog?

Today we’re going to take a look at two of the top products available only from your veterinarian: Advantix II and Vectra 3D to decide which product is best for your pet.

What Do They Do?

Both products are spot-on treatments that are applied at the base of the neck in order to fight fleas and other biting parasites. They both work for up to 30 days.

The active ingredients in Vectra 3D are:

  • Dinotefuran, a neurotoxin
  • Pyriproxyfen, an insect growth inhibitor
  • Permethrin, a neurotoxin and insect repellant

Vectra claims to kill fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, sand flies, lice and mites, excluding mange mites.

The active ingredients in Advantix II are:

  • Imidacloprid, which is a neurotoxin
  • Permethrin
  • Pyriproxyfen

As you can see, the two products share two of their ingredients. Advantix II kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, kills lice and repels biting flies.

Side Effects and Warnings

The most important warning attached to both of these products is that permethrin is toxic to cats and can even kill them so if you have cats, you need to keep them away from your dogs until the flea meds are dry. Obviously, you can’t use either of these on cats either.

Advantix II and Vectra 3D share the most common side effect, which is rash, itching, or irritation at the site of administration. If it gets too severe or lasts for more than a day or two, just wash your dog with dish detergent. If it persists after that, you may want to call your vet.

The two flea drops share the exact same rare side effects as well. The ones listed below are extremely uncommon but could happen.

  • Lethargy
  • Hyperactivity
  • Drooling
  • Shaking
  • Poor Coordination
  • Excess vocalization

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, you should wash off the medication and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Final Word

Advantix II and Vectra 3D are both recognized as safe to use on your dog but due to the permethrin cannot be used on cats.

They carry equal risks and the only discernible difference is that Vectra 3D claims to kill mites as well. The two different neurotoxins act in essentially the same way and one really isn’t recommended as better than the other.

In this instance, we simply recommend that you choose the product that your vet recommends.

If you’ve used either of these products, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.



2 Responses to “Advantix II Vs Vectra 3d”
  1. Jovana says:

    I’ve been using vectra 3d on my maltipoo for 6 months because its what my vet recommended. Every month it seems after a week or two he starts scratching and has fleas. When I phoned my vet’s office they asked if I was using “soap free” shampoo when I bathed him and if I was I was washing it off…. I read all the paper work in the package of vectra 3d and nowhere did it say to use soap free shampoo when bathing. Wish they would have told me when I purchased or stated on package inserts. Wasted money for sure! They did say it was ok to reapply since it was washed off.

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  2. Eyssa says:

    I have used this on my 7lb Maltese and nothing keeps fleas away better! I can literally see them jump on my dog (as he’s white) and then jump right back off!
    The only thing that concerns me is he gets hyperactive after I apply it. I try to spread the dose in 3 sections so it doesn’t irritate him so much in one spot. Maybe that’s causing the problem and will try this month to put it all on his neck.
    If you have any suggestions I would love them!

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