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Comparison Between Advantage & Advantage Multi – CanadaVetCare Blog


Advantage and Advantage Multi are the two most reliable and trusted parasite treatments for cats and dogs. This blog compares both treatments in-depth to provide you with a better understanding and may help you in making the right choice for your cat or dog.

Advantage vs. Advantage Multi

Both Advantage and Advantage Multi come as monthly, topical spot-on treatments and offer high-efficiency protection. However, there is a huge difference in their offerings.

Advantage Multi, also popular as Advocate, covers a much wider spectrum of parasites as compared to the popular flea treatment Advantage. This is mainly because of the presence of an extra key ingredient called Moxidectin in Advantage Multi.

Let Us Compare These Two Products in Detail

Advantage – Flea Treatment

Advantage is a fast-acting flea treatment for cats and dogs. It is an effective and easy-to-use topical treatment and is highly recommended by veterinarians due to its rapid action. It stops flea bites within just 3-5 minutes of application and provides immediate relief to your pet.

Advantage is formulated with only a single ingredient, Imidacloprid, which kills adult and larval fleas through contact by absorption via flea intersegmental membranes. In order to kill fleas, Advantage doesn’t require them to bite your dog or cat. This unique working mechanism also kills flea larvae in the surrounding of the treated pet.

One dose of Advantage is designed to provide 100g/L Imidacloprid to your pet.

Advantage – Key Takeaways: 

  • Fast-acting flea treatment
  • Once-a-month, easy spot-on administration
  • Available for both cats and dogs
  • Prevents fleas, flea larvae, and lice
  • Kills fleas through contact
  • Fleas do not have to bite your pet to die
  • No age or weight restrictions, can be used by birth

Advantage Multi – Broad Spectrum Treatment

Advantage Multi is a once-a-month, topical solution that provides 5-in-1 protection and it comes in different packs for both cats and dogs. This popular broad-spectrum treatment provides protection against heartworms, fleas, and intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

Advantage Multi is a colorless to yellow ready-to-use solution formulated using two active ingredients, Imidacloprid and Moxidectin. Imidacloprid is a chloronicotinyl nitroguanidine insecticide, which works on external parasites such as fleas and lice. On the other hand, Moxidectin, a semisynthetic macrocyclic lactone endectocide deals with internal parasites.

One dose of Advantage Multi is designed to provide a minimum of 4.5 mg/lb (10 mg/kg) Imidacloprid and 1.1 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg) Moxidectin based on body weight.

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Advantage Multi – Key Takeaways:

  • All-in-one parasite prevention treatment
  • Once-a-month, easy spot-on administration
  • Available for both cats and dogs
  • Prevents heartworm infestations caused by Dirofilaria immitis
  • Kills adult fleas and prevents flea infestations
  • Treats and controls hookworms and roundworms
  • Advantage Multi Dogs treats and controls whipworms
  • Advantage Multi Cats treats and controls ear mites

Putting It All Together

Now that you have a clearer idea of Advantage and Advantage Multi, you can’t go wrong with either of these effective parasitic treatment treatments.

However, considering a few variables can help you pick the right one for your pet. If re-infesting fleas are a problem, Advantage may be a good choice as it kills flea larvae in the pet’s environment, preventing flea infestation. However, if your want to protect your pet from multiple parasites such as fleas, heartworm, roundworms, and hookworms, that too with a single dose, you may want to choose Advantage Multi.

Finally, regardless of the option you choose, it is essential that you consult your veterinarian first to make the right decision for your pet’s individual needs.

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