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Using dog frontline flea medication for my cat?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

I have Frontline Plus Dog 22-0.023 fl oz (which I believe is for use on small dogs less than 22 lbs). I wanted to use this on my cat but didn't know if it was ok to use the whole amount on her?? My cat weighs about 9 lbs.

Also, I've never had to give her flea medication before in the past (i have to know for the month because she is going to stay with one of my friends while i travel and they have other animals with fleas)... if she has some kind of an allergic reaction to it... how long will it take to manifest?

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
I bought the big dog dose (up to 88 lbs) and divided it between five cats. $10 for five cats is closer to the right price, don't you think?

If your cat is going to have a problem, it usually manifests within 24 hours, often much faster.
post #3 of 8
No, you should not put the full amount on the cat. The cat dose is 0.5ml while the small dog dose is 0.67ml. I do use dog frontline on my cats because of the reduced cost but you have to be certain that you are not giving too much. What I do is I use a syringe with a needle, stick it through the back of the pipette and draw up .5ml (which is the same as .5cc). If you don't have a syringe with a needle you can empty the content in a medicine cup and draw up .5ml/cc. If you have a syringe with a needle you have to be able to remove the needle so that you can squirt out the frontline on the back of the cat.

Please remember that while you can give dog frontline plus to cats you should not give cat frontline to dogs. The cat version has a larger concentration of s-methoprene than the dog version so it may not be safe to give this additional amount to dogs.

A lot of people are against giving dog frontline to cats and thinks it's irresponsible. I understand why they think so since it is in general a very bad idea to give dog meds to cats. They are not the same specie and some dog meds can be poisonous to cats. But I personally feel safe giving dog frontline to cats because I have an understanding of how the drugs work and have discussed it with my vet.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
I bought the big dog dose (up to 88 lbs) and divided it between five cats. $10 for five cats is closer to the right price, don't you think?
Definitely. I get a 3-pack of the largest kind (I think 89-130lbs) and I can use one dose on 8 cats. I buy the 3-pack for $38 so each dose is about $13. You can't beat $13 to treat 8 cats. It's certainly a lot better than spending $80 treating 8 cats which would be the cost if you bought the cat version. The price difference can determine if you will be able to treat the cats or not. If you do rescue or care for strays it's very helpful being able to do it that way. You can actually use dog Revolution on cats too as the ingredients are the same. One dose for a 85-130lb dog is enough for 8 cats at 0.37ml each.
post #5 of 8
Can I ask you where you get your frontline from? I have 7 cats and I just bought it off of some site called solapets.com and it wasn't the biggest dog tube and they were 23.99 each. So I bought 2 and they said 1 would do 8 cats and it only did barely 6 cats.
post #6 of 8

I ordered mine from SoLapets for 19.99 for 8 doses.

post #7 of 8

Don't use the frontline plus for dogs on a cat. I think you are thinking of the regular old advantage, that is the only one you can dose out for a cat. Not the advantage plus just straight old plain advantage but you have to have the tiny syinges to measure it and the unused part will evaporate. It is just much easier to get the product that is labeled and made for cats.

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Originally Posted by Quiet View Post

Don't use the frontline plus for dogs on a cat. I think you are thinking of the regular old advantage, that is the only one you can dose out for a cat. Not the advantage plus just straight old plain advantage but you have to have the tiny syinges to measure it and the unused part will evaporate. It is just much easier to get the product that is labeled and made for cats.
Frontline Plus and Advantage II are both OK for cats (if dosed properly). The "plus" and "II" part is just an IGR and cats actually need a higher dose of that than dogs do so that amount isn't dangerous. It's also safe to split Revolution, but since it comes in different strengths you have to be more careful in dosing, plus since you need a prescription, most vets don't like to write a prescription for off-label use.

But NO OTHER products should be used like this!!!! Not Advantix or Advantage Multi or any other dog product. You have to be super careful to get the right thing because most dog flea products will kill cats. ONLY Frontline (Plus), Advantage (II), and Revolution can be used this way.
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