VetGuard Plus for Dogs For dogs between 16-33 lbs
VetGuard Plus provides cost-effective flea, tick and mosquito control for dogs. Demonstrated to have greater than 92% control of fleas within one day of treating your dog with VetGuard Plus for Dogs! It provides premium treatment, with the same active ingredients as Pet Armor® and Frontline Plus® at a fraction of the costs.
VetGuard Plus for Dogs
~Kills and repels fleas and ticks for up to one month
~Breaks the flea life cycle
~Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae for up to 4 months–prevents biting adults from developing
~Kills Lice and Mites** for up to 4 weeks
~For use on dogs and puppies over twelve weeks of age
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs and how does it work?
VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs is a vet grade, triple action formula that kills adult fleas & ticks, prevents eggs and larvae from becoming adults and prevents new pests from your dog.
VetGuard Plus™ contains two active ingredients: Permethrin and Pyriproxyfen (Nylar). Permethrin is an insecticide/matricide that kills and repels adult fleas, lice, and ticks. When applied, it disperses in the pet’s natural skin oils into the sebum, protecting your dog. Pyriproxyfen (or Nylar) is an Insect Growth Regulator or IGR that is particularly effective at preventing eggs and larvae from develop into infection spreading adults.
How does VetGuard Plus™ compare to other flea and tick products for killing, preventing and repelling fleas and ticks?
Based on the evaluation of twelve popular flea and tick control products by IVS (Information Verification Services), an independent organization that offers objective product evaluations based on approved FDA claims, VetGuard Plus™ rates #1 for its ability to kill, prevent and repel fleas, ticks and other pests.
How does VetGuard Plus™ compare to Bayer K9 Advantix?
VetGuard Plus™ and Bayer K9 Advantix have Permethrin to kill and repel fleas, lice and ticks and Pyriproxyfen to inhibit the growth of fleas to stop a flea infestation. VetGuard Plus™ provides triple action flea and tick control — killing, repelling and preventing pests for just a fraction of the cost of K9 Advantix.
What is the difference between VetGuard Plus™ and Frontline Plus?
VetGuard Plus™ effectively kills adult fleas and ticks, and eggs and larvae, as does Frontline Plus. VetGuard Plus™ has the added benefit of repelling these parasites. The Permethrin in VetGuard Plus™ is a fast acting insecticide which spreads across the dog’s skin and exerts a toxic effect on the nerves of the parasites once they come in contact with the dog’s skin. This causes them to fall off and die before feeding can occur. VetGuard Plus™ will also repel mosquitoes and biting flies, but does require contact by the parasites before being repelled. While Frontline plus uses (S)-methoprene for its IGR, VetGuard Plus™ uses pryiproxyfen which prevents flea eggs fleas from developing into biting adults. VetGuard Plus™ sells for a just a fraction of the cost of Frontline Plus.
If my dog already has fleas and ticks will it kill them?
Yes. The Permethrin in VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs is a fast-acting pesticide and repellant of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, mites, and lice. Following application, the medicine spreads across the skin surface of the dog and dissolves into the skin. The pyrethroids bind tightly to the hair shaft when they reach the hair follicle and remain there. Permethrin requires contact of the insect with the chemical compound to repel them. The compound is absorbed through the cuticle of the parasite and exerts a toxic effect on the nerves of the parasite, acting as a noxious stimulus, causing a flushing effect where the fleas become hyperactive. Ticks will exhibit a “hot foot” behavior, scurrying across the animal, eventually falling off and dying, before feeding can occur. Mosquitoes and biting flies require contact also before being repelled as well.
How long does it take for the product to work?
Because permethrin requires contact of the insect with the chemical compound to repel and kill them, you may see fleas or ticks on your pet following application. VetGuard Plus™ has demonstrated greater than 92% control of fleas within one day of application. Depending on the size of the dog and the oils on their skin, it may take up to 24 to 48 hours for the product to be absorbed throughout the dog’s skin. Generally, once the fleas or ticks come in contact with the permethrin on the dog’s skin, they should die in less than 4 hours.
What does VetGuard Plus™ do to various forms of lice and how long does it last?
VetGuard Plus™ kills and repels lice for up to four weeks. The permethrin in VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs requires the contact of the insect with the chemical compound to repel and kill them. The compound is absorbed through the cuticle of the parasite and exerts a toxic effect on the nerves of the parasite, acting as a noxious stimulus, causing the insects to become hyperactive, fall off and eventually die.
Does VetGuard Plus™ kill mites, chiggers, and mange?
VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs kills and repels all types of mites. However, because mites are known to burrow beneath the skin, if your dog already has mites, you should consult your veterinarian for suggestions for a complete program to eliminate them. (Chiggers are larvae stage of mites, mange is an infestation of mites). VetGuard Plus™ is an effective preventative for mites as it will kill and repel them, but if your dog already has mites, it will not treat the infestation.
Will VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs take care of all my flea problems?
No. As with all flea and tick control products, VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs should be used as part of a program aimed at reducing flea populations in the dog’s environment (bedding, carpets, kennel, yard). VetGuard Plus™ will kill fleas on the dog, but not those that are in his bedding, carpets or yard, as they are only exposed to VetGuard Plus™ if they are on the dog and come in contact with the product.
VetGuard Plus™ will also kill flea eggs and larvae on the dog, thus preventing them from becoming adults and reproducing. It will not stop them from multiplying in the environment around the dog. We recommend that you replace or treat your dog’s bedding, and treat your carpets and yard with products that will kill fleas in those areas. Consult your veterinarian, entomologist, or retailer for program recommendations.
What if my dog still has fleas after applying the product?
The permethrin in VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs requires the contact of the insect with the chemical compound to repel and kill them. The compound is absorbed into the parasite which has a toxic effect. This is a noxious stimulus, causing the parasites to become hyperactive, fall off and eventually die. Because permethrin requires contact of the insect with the chemical compound to repel and kill them, you may see fleas or ticks on your pet following application. VetGuard Plus™ has demonstrated greater than 92% control of fleas within one day of application.
How do I apply VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs to my dog?
VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs is available for dogs ranging in various weight ranges. Make sure that you purchase the correct dosage for your pet’s size. Do not administer VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs weighing less than 5 lbs. VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs should be applied to the skin at three different locations along the dog’s back between the shoulder blades and base of the tail. It is important that the product is applied to the dog’s skin and not just dispersed through the dog’s hair. Make sure you read the label instructions under “Directions for Use” before applying VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs on your dog.
How often should I apply VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs on my dog?
We recommend that you apply VetGuard Plus™ for dogs monthly throughout the year. If you frequently bathe your dog, re-application can be made in 3 weeks, but we recommend waiting at least 3 weeks from the time of the last application.
How can only a few drops of VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs protect my dog from fleas? Shouldn’t it be applied over my dog‚s entire body?
VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs has ingredients which are carried through the oil in your dog’s coat and skin to kill and repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. The application need only be applied as a spot to the skin at three or more different locations along the dog’s back between the shoulder blades base of the tail. VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs is absorbed and distributed on the dog by the sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter called sebum to lubricate and waterproof the skin and fur).
Should I bathe my dog before applying VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs?
VetGuard Plus™ is a spot on product which is absorbed and distributed on the dog by the sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter called sebum to lubricate and waterproof the skin and fur). Any exposure to water, and more importantly, soap products, tends to break down the oils in the fur and reduce the effectiveness of the product. Typically, routine exposure to water without soap does not substantially reduced product effectiveness, assuming the dog is not an extensive swimmer.
Bathing with a shampoo or soap frequently (more often than once every couple of weeks) could reduce the effectiveness of any spot on product like VetGuard Plus™. It would be better to bathe your dog after applying VetGuard Plus™, but if you bathe your dog before application, wait 24-48 hours to allow the oils to build up and the product to be absorbed. Bathing your dog just before applying the product will actually reduce the speed of transmission of the product because there will be less oils on the dog’s skin.
You can reapply VetGuard Plus™ after bathing your dog, however we do not recommend applying more often than once every three weeks.
Is the product safe?
VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs is safe for all dog breeds when administered properly, applying the product to three or four different locations along your dog’s back as directed on product packaging. Consult your veterinarian before using VetGuard Plus™ on debilitated, aged, medicated, pregnant or nursing dogs.
Some dogs may be sensitive to ingredients in VetGuard Plus™. Reactions in dogs may include skin sensitivity. Dogs may show lethargy, increased puritus (itchiness), erythema (redness), rash and hair discoloration or hair loss at the application site. If signs of sensitivity occur, bathe your dog with a mild, non-insecticidal shampoo and rinse with large amounts of water. If signs continue, see a veterinarian right away.
Is it okay for dogs to groom or lick themselves after using VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs?
Normal grooming after application is expected and should not be a problem when VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs is used according to label directions. Make sure you follow the label’s instructions carefully as to location applied and contact your vet with any questions. Prevent your dog from licking itself for 24 hours. Some dogs may drool upon tasting the bitter ingredient on their coat. This may occur with the use of any pyrethrin-based product or with alcohol- or water-based products. This response is non-harmful and generally self-limiting. Cats should not lick or groom dogs which have been treated with VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs as it may be harmful or even fatal to cats.
Is it okay for children to play with dogs who have been treated with VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs?
For maximum safety we recommend that you minimize direct contact with the treated spot until the ingredients in VetGuard have dried or been absorbed. Once absorbed, it is safe for children to have normal contact with the treated dog.
Can I use VetGuard Plus™ on my puppy?
VetGuard Plus™ for Dogs should only be used on dogs over 12 weeks of age.