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hmmm I think it is cheaper to buy from my vet

post #1 of 17
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I was looking on petmeds and it is around 40 dollars for advantage! Last vet visit he gave me a 4 pack and a loose tube saw four kittens and gave them shots and clean there ears and only charged me 120 How much is advantage supposed to cost??
post #2 of 17
It is expensive. But, I found that with shipping and all, you don't save anything ordering it. I find it is more expensive. Any of the meds are more expensive by mail order factoring in the shipping.

That is my thought
post #3 of 17
The average is $10 per tube. If you search around you may find it cheaper. If you get the large dog size (55lb and up) and put one drop of advantage per pound of cat, it will go a long way.
One tube will treat all my cats. When I have kittens I go through a tube and a half per month.
post #4 of 17
I ordered mine off the internet (the store is actually in Australia) and I got 6 four ml tubes of the Extra Large Dog kind for $32 & the shipping was under $5. So, I'm estimating it cost $37 for a six month supply for my crew (3 cats and a dog). It's much cheaper to buy the Xlarge dog kind than the regular kind. When I priced it at my Vets (the wouldn't sell me the xlarge dog kind...they knew that they'd be losing money) per each package of 4 tubes it was almost $40. To me it was stupid not to go the Internet route. Each month and for each cat & dog it would cost me 40 bucks by going through the Vet. That's $160 per month! By going through the Net, it cost me less than $7 per month!
post #5 of 17
I forgot to mention that I have to use more than the average person since my cats are quite heavy. But even with that, I'm save a ton of money!
post #6 of 17
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wow I guess my vet is giving me better deals then I even new! What a great guy! And he is cute too...but don't tell my dh I said that
post #7 of 17
Hey Val? Is he single? If so, could ya send him my direction? LOL!
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
no he is married He has 12 cats I think his wife is one lucky lady!
post #9 of 17
Damn! I think all the good ones are taken! Sounds like he is one helluva catch...Hot & a Huge Cat Lover! What a lucky woman she is!
post #10 of 17
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and he is a doc!!
post #11 of 17
Yeah..I forgot about that one! I need a man like that!
post #12 of 17
Do inside cats every get fleas? I know it sounds like a stupid question and I've never encountered it.... but you never know!
post #13 of 17
I buy the big dog Advantage and split it up. When I remember to, I'll buy it off the internet because it's much cheaper. Our dog vet charges $48 for 4 tubes.

Try these websites:

Yes, indoor cats can get fleas. Not as easily as outdoor cats - but if there are fleas outside they can jump on your ankles & catch a ride inside. I can tell if my cats are starting to get fleas because they'll start getting jumpy and biting themselves, then I'll start getting jumpy & scratching because the fleas bite me too!

It sounds like your vet is really nice, Val. You might want to keep buying from him if you can afford it just because he's been so helpful to you. Most vets won't sell you the big dog Advantage unless you have a big dog.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Originally posted by mzjazz2u
Do inside cats every get fleas? I know it sounds like a stupid question and I've never encountered it.... but you never know!
I never had a flea problem but we took in isadora who was a stray and she was infested. Some fleas must have hopped off her and one to my carpets. She went into liver failure and passed away But there are still fleas in the house! I think they might all be gone now. I hope anyway.

I actually do have two big doggies Misty and Nanook. Nanook has any appointment on the 31st so maybe i'll get some advantage for him and use it on the kitties.
post #15 of 17
Knocking on wood...no fleas here. Have not treated kitties, as there are no fleas. Hoping it stays that way. How long does flea season last, anyway?
post #16 of 17
Flea season varies by climate...
This is from the Dog Owner's Guide website:

I think the Advantage website used to have a map of the U.S. showing flea seasons, but the site appears to be offline right now.
'Tis spring.

'Tis the season of renewal, of warmer weather, longer days, flowering trees and shrubs, and bright-colored pansies . . . and fleas.

By late spring, fleas begin to emerge from their pupae as adults and migrate to the nearest dog or cat for blood meals. An adult flea mates shortly after emergence and begins laying eggs within 36 hours. In her brief 50-day lifespan, a single female flea can lay more than 2000 eggs.

Fleas are marvelously adapted for survival. The female lays eggs on the host animal, but the eggs fall to the ground, carpet, sofa, dog bed, owner's bed, or easy chair where they hatch in two-to-five days. The flea larva feeds on organic debris in the environment. Within a week or two, depending on temperature and humidity, the larva spins a pupa (or cocoon) to protect it during metamorphosis to the adulthood.

In the hard-shelled pupa, the larva transforms from a tiny maggot-like creature into a six-legged blood-thirsty super-jumper able to leap 150 times its own body length, and the cycle begins anew.

In the Midwest, the flea life cycle (adult flea Ã:censor: egg Ã:censor: larva Ã:censor: pupa Ã:censor: adult flea) takes about 35-40 days in early spring and 17-21 days in mid-summer. By late summer, cycles slow to two months or more, and they virtually shut down between November and March. In southern and Gulf Coast states, however, fleas complete their cycles in 20 days or less for most of the year and only slow down a bit in mid-winter.

Humidity is critical to flea survival. Eggs need relative humidity of 70-75 percent to hatch, and larvae need at least 50 percent humidity to survive. In humid areas, about 20 percent of the eggs survive to adulthood; in arid areas, less than five percent complete the cycle.

All bets are off when Fido brings fleas in for the winter. Household warmth can keep the cocooned larvae alive until conditions are ripe for emergence of the adults and may even allow life cycles to continue at a snail's pace.
post #17 of 17
Most definitely inside cats can get fleas. All 3 of mine are inside only cats, but yet we seem to get fleas every once in a while. Since we have a dog (she gets treated too) and goes outside to poddy, she brings them inside. Also, you can easily bring them in on your clothes, shoes...just about anything.
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