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  • 0161 764 4618


  • Armac Vets, 147 The Rock, Bury,

    BL9 0ND

  • Open 24 hrs a day,

    365 day a year.

Advocate Treatment (Be Lungworm Aware)

28 September 2015 Posted by admin Blog , , , , , ,

What is Advocate?

Advocate is an easy to apply spot-on solution that treats fleas, worms and mites – all in a simple to use,single application.

How often should Advocate be used?

Advocate should be applied once a month.

Where can I get Advocate?

Advocate is only available on prescription from Vets.

Which parasites does Advocate treat?

Advocate kills fleas, flea larvae, roundworms and hookworms and also treats ear mite infections and prevents heartworm in cats and dogs. Additionally, in dogs Advocate kills whipworm and the potentially fatal lungworm, treats biting lice and is effective against two other mites, Sarcoptes and Demodex, that cause different forms of a skin disease called mange.

How does Advocate work?

Advocate consists of two active ingredients:

Imidacloprid which spreads rapidly across your pet’s skin, killing fleas and lice on contact.

Moxidectin which is absorbed through the pet’s skin and enters the bloodsteam. It travels to the gut where intestinal nematode worms are found. These worms are paralysed and passed out of the stools.

Regular, year-round flea and worm control is important for you pet and your family.

  • Fleas are a major cause of skin disease as flea bites can irritate your pet’s skin and cause an allergy.
  • The cat flea, that infests cats, dogs and ferrets can also bite humans.
  • Fleas act as intermediate hosts for one type of tapeworm – controlling fleas helps reduce this risk.
  • Some worms that infect pets can also affect people and sometimes cause serious illness.
  • Risks to people include Toxocariasis, which can cause blindness in humans.
  • People can potentially pick up worm eggs by stroking a pet’s coat.
  • Worms can cause illness, loss of weight, poor coat, diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Infection with lungworm can potentially prove fatal to dogs.

Parasites Treated By Advocate:

  1. FLEAS – The most common parasite of domestic animals. The cat flea infests cats,dogs and ferrets. Fleas and their earlier life stages can also be found in carpets and pet’s bedding.
  2. MITES – Surface mites such as ear mites cause intense irritation and can be passed on by close contact. Burrowing mites such as Sarcoptes or Demodex lay their eggs just under the skin surface and can cause two different types of skin disease known as mange.
  3.  BITING LICE РBiting Lice are small, wingless insects which are usually 2 Р4mm long. Scruffy and/or dry coat is the most common sign of a lice infection.
  4. ROUNDWORMS – Live in the intestine, feeding on the contents. Worm eggs are picked up from contaminated soil. Puppies and kittens can also acquire roundworms via their mother’s milk. Migrating roundworm larvae can also damage the human eye if infection occurs.
  5. HOOKWORMS – Attach to the gut wall and feed. Larvae can be picked up from contaminated soil and rapidly develop into adults in your pet’s gut – this can take as little as 2 weeks.
  6. HEARTWORM – Transmitted by mosquitoes to cats, dogs and ferrets. Heartworm develop in the bloodstream, then live as adults in the heart of the infected animal and can be fatal.
  7. WHIPWORMS – Embed their head in the lining of the dog’s large intestine and feed on blood. The whip like action of the tail end cause further damage to the gut lining. Whipworms are mainly seen in dogs.
  8. LUNGWORM – A serious threat – The lungworm is a parasite that infects dogs. The adult lungworm lives in the heart and major blood vessels supplying the lungs, where it can cause a host of problems. Left untreated, the infection can often be fatal. Once previously only seen in isolated regions, the parasite is spreading and is now considered a threat in many areas of the UK.
  • How does a dog become infected bu Lungworm?

The lungworm parasite is carried by slugs and snails. The problem arises when dogs purposefully or accidentally eat these common garden pests when rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor bowls, or pick them up from their toys.

  • What are the symptoms?

The signs of lungworm infection can vary greatly between dogs, and may get confused with other illnesses. Some are more common symptoms include:

  1. Breathing problems or coughing, tiring more easily
  2. Poor blood clotting leading to excessive bleeding from minor wounds, nose bleeds, bleeding into the eye and anaemia (paleness around the gums and eyes)
  3. Behavioural changes, seizures (fits), spinal pain, weight loss. loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Younger dogs up to 2 years are more susceptible to a lungworm infection – Most likely due to their inquisitive nature. However, any breed at any age can be at risk.

If you notice any of the symptoms described or if your dog may be at risk, it is important that you talk to your vet. early diagnosis and treatment will give your dog the best chance of recovery.

  • Treatment and prevention

Advocate is the only product to prevent and treat lungworm. When given monthly, Advocate prevents the establishment of an infection. If your vet suspects your dog may have already become infected with this parasite, they can be prescribed Advocate to treat the condition.