A cat forum. CatBanter

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Go Back   Home » CatBanter forum » Cat Newsgroups » Cats - misc
Site Map Home Register Authors List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Web Partners

Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?



 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old June 12th 07, 01:23 PM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
Garret Swayne
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 14
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?

I asked in a previous post whether indeed we could save money by buying the
largest size of Advantage or Frontline Plus (for the largest dogs) and then
accurately measuring out a smaller dose for cats. The consensus was that
this is indeed possible, and for example, a single "large-dog" dose of
Frontline Plus could provide enough medicatioin for 8 cat-sized doses.
There's clearly no problem if there are 8 cats available to take their dose
at the same time. But what if you only have one cat to treat and you want
to save the other 7/8 of the medication to be used at a later time? Can the
unused liquid be stored in an airtight container without losing its strenth?
I called Frontline's 800 number to confirm that you can indeed treat your
cat with a small measured portion of a "large dog" dose and save money in
the process. She was discouraging of the practice, saying they really
didn't recommend it because you had to have a means of accurately measuring
out the dose and the pre-packaged cat-dose was the only way to really be
sure. I had the feeling this was the official instruction on what they were
supposed to say because obviously the company would like to sell more of the
single-cat doses for more revenue. But when I pressed her about it, she
acknowledged it could work, although she did say there was a slightly higher
concentration of one of the active ingredients in the cat's formulation than
in the dog's. When I pressed her further, she admitted that slight
difference would probably not have a major effect on the efficacy of the
product. But she did go on to say that storing the product might be a
problem. It has no expiration as long as it's kept in its air-tight
container, but when it's opened and exposed to air, it loses its strenth.
At this point, I don't know whether to believe her or not! So I invite the
comments of anyone who knows for sure. Can an opened container of Frontline
Plus be stored without losing its effectiveness?
I didn't call Advantage to ask them about their product. I figured I'd just
ask here. So does anyone know how long Advantage can be stored, once it's
opened? I figure the answers I get here at least won't be colored by the
profit motive!
Also if anyone has any strong feelings as to which is the better product,
Advantage or Frontline Plus, please share them.

Thanks for the information...

-Garret Swayne
garret (at) garretswayne (dot) com


  #2  
Old June 12th 07, 02:03 PM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
Ted Davis
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 168
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?

On Tue, 12 Jun 2007 12:23:19 GMT, "Garret Swayne"
wrote:

I asked in a previous post whether indeed we could save money by buying the
largest size of Advantage or Frontline Plus (for the largest dogs) and then
accurately measuring out a smaller dose for cats. The consensus was that
this is indeed possible, and for example, a single "large-dog" dose of
Frontline Plus could provide enough medicatioin for 8 cat-sized doses.
There's clearly no problem if there are 8 cats available to take their dose
at the same time. But what if you only have one cat to treat and you want
to save the other 7/8 of the medication to be used at a later time? Can the
unused liquid be stored in an airtight container without losing its strenth?
I called Frontline's 800 number to confirm that you can indeed treat your
cat with a small measured portion of a "large dog" dose and save money in
the process. She was discouraging of the practice, saying they really
didn't recommend it because you had to have a means of accurately measuring
out the dose and the pre-packaged cat-dose was the only way to really be
sure. I had the feeling this was the official instruction on what they were
supposed to say because obviously the company would like to sell more of the
single-cat doses for more revenue. But when I pressed her about it, she
acknowledged it could work, although she did say there was a slightly higher
concentration of one of the active ingredients in the cat's formulation than
in the dog's. When I pressed her further, she admitted that slight
difference would probably not have a major effect on the efficacy of the
product. But she did go on to say that storing the product might be a
problem. It has no expiration as long as it's kept in its air-tight
container, but when it's opened and exposed to air, it loses its strenth.
At this point, I don't know whether to believe her or not! So I invite the
comments of anyone who knows for sure. Can an opened container of Frontline
Plus be stored without losing its effectiveness?
I didn't call Advantage to ask them about their product. I figured I'd just
ask here. So does anyone know how long Advantage can be stored, once it's
opened? I figure the answers I get here at least won't be colored by the
profit motive!
Also if anyone has any strong feelings as to which is the better product,
Advantage or Frontline Plus, please share them.


I use Frontline Plus, and have no problem storing the leftovers. The
key is to use a bottle that has an airtight lid, is inert to the
solvent in the product, and is as small as possible. Most reused
consumer product bottles fail on all three counts, or are at least
questionable: they are almost all too large, plastic of unknown
solubility, and have lids that don't seal because of the residue from
the factory seal. The bottle I use seems to no longer be availabe
from http://www.sciplus.com/, but they do have one they call "Green
(Bay?) Bottles" that looks like it would work - it's specs should do
as a shopping guide. You want something in glass, about 5ml, with a
mouth wide enough to insert the syringe (the referenced bottle clears
a 3cc syringe by about a sixteenth of an inch - more would be better).

Small glass consumer product bottles might be usable after sanding off
the seal residue and testing for leaks.

--
T.E.D. )
Remove "gearbox.maem." from address - that one is dead
  #3  
Old June 14th 07, 02:49 AM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
-L.
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 521
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?

Garret Swayne wrote:
snip

So I invite the
comments of anyone who knows for sure. Can an opened container of Frontline
Plus be stored without losing its effectiveness?


IIRC you cannot use dog Frontline on cats. You can use Advantage on
either.

I didn't call Advantage to ask them about their product. I figured I'd just
ask here. So does anyone know how long Advantage can be stored, once it's
opened?


I dunno - at least 6 months, IME.

I figure the answers I get here at least won't be colored by the
profit motive!
Also if anyone has any strong feelings as to which is the better product,
Advantage or Frontline Plus, please share them.


For fleas, Advantage. For ticks, Frontline.

-L.

  #4  
Old June 14th 07, 01:43 PM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
Ted Davis
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 168
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?

On Thu, 14 Jun 2007 01:49:16 -0000, "-L."
wrote:

IIRC you cannot use dog Frontline on cats. You can use Advantage on
either.


You remember wrong. The formulas are identical except that the dog
version has a bit less of the egg/larva inhibitor.

I and many others have been using Frontline Plus for dogs on cats
(often with the blessing of our vets) for years with no problems not
also found with the cat version (some cats can't be found or caught
when the product is brought out, occasionally a cat may be allergic,
etc.).

--
T.E.D. )
Remove "gearbox.maem." from address - that one is dead
  #5  
Old June 14th 07, 01:44 PM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
Ivor Jones
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 16
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?


"-L." wrote in message
oups.com
Garret Swayne wrote:


[snip]

Also if anyone has any strong feelings as to which is
the better product, Advantage or Frontline Plus, please
share them.


For fleas, Advantage. For ticks, Frontline.


Or for both, Stronghold. Plus earmites IIRC.

Ivor


  #6  
Old June 14th 07, 04:54 PM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
Spot
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 131
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?

YES you can use frontline plus for dogs on cats. You have to make sure you
have the correct dosage is all. It works perfectly fine and doesn't hurt the
cats. Lots of rescue groups do just this due to cost factors. I myself
have used it and my cats are perfectly fine!

It would cost me $75.00 a month to treat my bunch by splitting a dose out
for the cats it cost $45.00. Now I don't treat year round for fleas only
when they get them which is maybe once a year but the cost savings helps
tremendously when I do.

Celeste


"-L." wrote in message
oups.com...
Garret Swayne wrote:
snip

So I invite the
comments of anyone who knows for sure. Can an opened container of
Frontline
Plus be stored without losing its effectiveness?


IIRC you cannot use dog Frontline on cats. You can use Advantage on
either.

I didn't call Advantage to ask them about their product. I figured I'd
just
ask here. So does anyone know how long Advantage can be stored, once
it's
opened?


I dunno - at least 6 months, IME.

I figure the answers I get here at least won't be colored by the
profit motive!
Also if anyone has any strong feelings as to which is the better product,
Advantage or Frontline Plus, please share them.


For fleas, Advantage. For ticks, Frontline.

-L.



  #7  
Old June 14th 07, 05:16 PM posted to alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.health+behav,rec.pets.cats.misc
Matthew
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 2,930
Default Final word on measured dosing of Advantage/Frontline?

If you all truly want to know and need to settle a possible problem contact
Merial direct http://frontline.us.merial.com/home/more_info.asp or
http://www.merial.com/ ask them directly


 




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Final FINAL Mooch Fan Club list Bobcat Cat anecdotes 1 October 11th 06 06:26 PM
Advantage vs Frontline Michael Lane Cat health & behaviour 13 April 27th 06 02:35 AM
website for Advantage pj Cat health & behaviour 2 March 9th 04 01:15 AM
Which is better - advantage or frontline flea treatment? Kuisse0002 Cat health & behaviour 12 November 12th 03 11:25 PM
Is Advantage safe? Emily Cat health & behaviour 12 September 2nd 03 07:03 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2017 CatBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.