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Applying Activyl for Dogs and Activyl for Cats

Activyl for Dogs and Activyl for Cats are spot-on products used to kill fleas. That means they are applied to a small area of skin but soon spread on the skin and coat.

Five different presentations of Activyl for Dogs are available for use on different size dogs from 4 lbs of weight and 8 weeks of age. Two different presentations of Activyl for Cats are available for cats from 2 lbs of weight and 8 weeks of age. Different product presentations in both Activyl for Dogs and Activyl for Cats are necessary to kill fleas effectively. For the best flea protection, it is important that you select the right presentation.

It is also important that you apply it correctly to your pet, as explained below.

Activyl for Dogs and Activyl for Cats have packages that can be opened without scissors. The applicator can be opened with one hand, so the other hand is free to hold your pet. The entire contents should be administered to the skin—NOT ON TOP OF THE COAT. The applicator is also transparent, which makes applying Activyl for Dogs on two to four spots (depending on the size of your dog) on the back of your dog easy and convenient.

Applying Activyl Is Spot-on!

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How to Apply

Choose a room in your house where your pet feels comfortable and relaxed, with a surface that’s easy to clean, just in case of spillage.

Step 1. Open one foil pouch and remove applicator (tube). Hold applicator (tube) in upright position away from your face and snap tip open by bending it and folding it back on itself.

Step 1

Step 2. Your pet should be standing for easy application. Part the hair and place applicator (tube) tip against the skin between shoulder blades (for dogs) or at the base of the skull (for cats).

Step 2

Step 3.
(On Smaller Dogs)

Squeeze applicator firmly applying entire contents directly to skin. Do not allow product to run off. Do not have contact with treated area (application site) until it is completely dry.

Step 3 - Smaller Dogs

(On Larger Dogs)
Apply entire contents of tube evenly to two, three or four spots on the back from between the shoulder blades to the base of the tail. At each spot, part the hair until skin is visible. Place the tip of the applicator (tube) on the skin and gently squeeze a portion of the solution on the skin. Squeeze applicator firmly, applying entire contents directly to skin. Do not apply an excessive amount of solution at any one spot. Do not allow product to run off. Do not have contact with treated area (application site) until it is completely dry.

Step 3 - Larger Dogs

Step 3.
(On Cats)

Part your pet's coat and place the applicator tip against the skin at the base of the skull. Applying the product at the base of the skull will help prevent the cat from licking the product. Squeeze the applicator firmly, applying the entire contents directly onto the skin. Do not allow product to run off. Do not have contact with treated area (application site) until it is completely dry.

Step 3 - Cats

It is recommended to reapply every 30 days or as needed, but DO NOT apply more than 1 applicator (tube) per month. When application is complete, follow the Container Handling instructions below.

Step 4. Wash your hands and avoid contact with the treated area(s) until dry.

Container Handling Instructions
Do not reuse this container. Place in trash or offer for recycling if available. If partly filled: call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused products down any indoor or outdoor drain.

Activyl Is Waterproof and Resists Shampooing1,2

Activyl has been tested to make sure it is not easily rinsed or washed off. However, Activyl must first be allowed to spread and dry on the skin. According to veterinary industry standards, you should not wash your pet or allow him to swim for 24 to 48 hours after application.

References:

  1. Data on file, Merck Animal Health.
  2. Qureshi T, Balgburn B, Yound D, Sun F, Guerino F. Effects of water immersion and shampooing on the efficacy of an indoxacarb spot-on against cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) infestation on dogs. Presented at the BSAVA/WSAVA/FECAVA World Congress, 12-15 April 2012, Birmingham, UK.