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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Just wondering... I've been applying Frontline to Baylee monthly for the past 3 months... it's time to buy more. Can I buy Frontline at Petsmart, in their little Banfield clinic? Or is it better/cheaper to go to my new or old vet and get it from there?

And speaking of the Banfield Clinic... has anyone gone there? Heard anything about them? Just curious.

(This is probably in the wrong place but I couldn't figure out where to put it - Health? Grooming? Feel free to move it!)

Thanks!
post #2 of 27
I'm not sure how you move a thread, but Health & Nutrition would probably be a better place for this.
You can buy Frontline at Bansfield, they'll probably make you fill out customer information so they can enter you in the computer. I don't know that the price would be any more or less, but with my experience with Bansfield it would be more. I've only been there once, but was charged $90.00 just for an office visit & a bottle of medicated shampoo... A friend of mine went there and they told her that the dog had heartworms and would need to be placed on extensive therapy for it. She took her dog to another vet & they said the dog didn't have heartworms at all. Now, every vets office is different & I'm sure this is the same thing with Bansfield. I would only use them if my regular vet was not open because it's closer to me than the emergency vet is. I'd do price comparison online with www.1800petmeds.com and there are some others too. They may even give you a price over the phone at Bansfield, I worked at a vet office once & I used to quote our prices over the phone.
post #3 of 27
i don't have to use flea treatments on mine, since they never go out & i have all hard floors (that really seems to help!). Drs Foster & Smith have some stuff that sounds good, & is much less that frontline, advantage, program, etc - you might want to check it out: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2002+113517
it uses pyrethrins, so only for adult cats. i hope this may help!
post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
See, Baylee never goes out - but she got fleas early on, and a tapeworm so I've decided better safe than sorry. Plus early this month I was petting a friend's cat and I guess she had fleas because I found one on Baylee... grrr!

Wish I didn't have to though - monthly flea treatment sure adds up!

Thanks for the links guys - I'll do the research, but thanks for making it easier!
post #5 of 27
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Just wanted to add to make sure no one thinks this - I'm not trying to scrimp on flea treatment and get just any old brand, it's just that I was at Petsmart the other day and saw they sold Frontline and was curious... my old vet is ages away and my new vet, I forgot to ask what they had, but I think I saw a pamphlet for Revolution.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by happyscrappy!
I'd do price comparison online with www.1800petmeds.com and there are some others too.
Has anyone ordered from this site? Have you? Cuz that looks good - wondering how long it would take to get here though...
post #7 of 27
I've picked up Frontline and Advantage at the Petsmart clinics before - Frontline and Advantage are both OTC products, so they should sell them to you no problem. I've never tried Revolution, though - I'm not sure if a vet visit is required for that or not.

Just be careful to check the packaging if you order your flea meds online, and order from reputable online retailers - there are some counterfeit flea products out there that might be dangerous: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/petproduct.htm

I usually get my flea meds from www.healthypets.com - they have a good price, and orders usually arrive in under a week. I've always gotten good products from them, as they're a reputable online seller, but I check the packaging anyways just to be safe.
post #8 of 27
You can order Frontline from quite a few places. We checked around here (Durham, NC) and it ended up being less expensive just going to our vet.

I've had some experience with a couple of Banfield clinics, and have heard stories about others. None were good. Doesn't mean all these clinics are bad, that's just the experience from this end.

The chance that you brought the flea home is pretty small, though it is possible. It's more likely the fleas have jumped into the carpet or upholstery of the furniture. The key to getting rid of the fleas is aggressive treatment. Bomb the house (flea bomb that is). The cats will have to be removed in the process and if you have fish tanks be sure to shut off the filters and cover the tanks until the mist settles. (For the fish you'll then need to run fresh carbon, and plenty of it, in the filters as a precaution.) You're already using a good brand of flea control on the cats (both Frontline and Advantage are excellent.) Stay with the major brand names and avoid some of the brands that some of the pet stores try to push. They'll make all kinds of claims, but don't believe them!!!!!

You'll have to retreat the house AND the cats in a month, then a third time in another month. That should kill off your flea problem and you should be able to stop treating after that (as long as the cats don't go out and there are no dogs in the house that do go out.)

We haven't had a flea in years. We are religious about treating the dogs with flea preventative (Advantix, used to be Frontline) but don't treat the cats.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Just wondering... I've been applying Frontline to Baylee monthly for the past 3 months... it's time to buy more. Can I buy Frontline at Petsmart, in their little Banfield clinic? Or is it better/cheaper to go to my new or old vet and get it from there?

And speaking of the Banfield Clinic... has anyone gone there? Heard anything about them? Just curious.

(This is probably in the wrong place but I couldn't figure out where to put it - Health? Grooming? Feel free to move it!)

Thanks!
You could consider buying it online, if the price is good enough. This is one of my favorite catalog/online places, I trust them completely:
Revival
This takes you directly to their price page for Frontline Plus for cats.

Re Banfield, I have no personal experience, but I also do not have a good feeling in general about them...imo, it's best to develop a relationship with a vet or small groups of vets in a practice.

I'm sure others who do have experience with this chain of vet hospitals will speak up, and share what their experiences, positive or negative, are.
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CharmsDad
You can order Frontline from quite a few places. We checked around here (Durham, NC) and it ended up being less expensive just going to our vet.
Good point... I'll definitely call the vets I've been to and then see if it's cheaper to do it then or online, calculating shipping with it.

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Originally Posted by CharmsDad
The chance that you brought the flea home is pretty small, though it is possible. It's more likely the fleas have jumped into the carpet or upholstery of the furniture. The key to getting rid of the fleas is aggressive treatment. Bomb the house (flea bomb that is).
You know, I have done that - back when Baylee had her tapeworm in October... but I'm thinking that I should do it tomorrow at my boyfriend's new place before she moves over there.

Oh and don't worry - I definitely want a major brand name flea product... I'm never stingy when it comes to my cat!

Lastly Re: Banfield... doesn't sound worth it, I agree with Pat, I want more of a relationship with my vet and I want to feel confident in him/her, rather than have a new one each visit.

Thanks for the help guys!
post #11 of 27
[/quote]. The key to getting rid of the fleas is aggressive treatment. Bomb the house (flea bomb that is). .[/quote]

I've found that a better product then the bombs is a carpet spray, it's concentrated, you only need to spray the base boards and lightly mist the carpet. This gets all stages of the flea life including eggs, larvae pupae & adult; which eleminates the need to do it two-three times. I can't find the exact one I purchased but found a similiar one on www.petguys.com I've purchased items from this site before & have had no problems with it.

http://www.petguys.com/-039079012270.html
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by happyscrappy!
I've found that a better product then the bombs is a carpet spray, it's concentrated, you only need to spray the base boards and lightly mist the carpet.
I bought a brand of this stuff that was recommended to me by a girl at the feed store who had had my problem. I think so far so good, but I could be wrong.
post #13 of 27
We were renting a house a few years back & the previous renters had many dogs & many cats (MANY), the house was infested with fleas by the time we moved in our of first day! We called an exterminator to come out to spray. He sprayed, but the problem is it doesn't get the eggs, so after a few days you're reinfested!!! Which is what happened to us. It was so bad when you walked in the house that my legs were black & covered with fleas within seconds!!! We used the kind of spray I recommended above and the fleas were dead w/in hours and never came back! Thank God! Since Charlie doesn't go outside we actually don't use anything for flea replenant. We also have a 2 yr old Dog - Brodie We use Advantix on him. We don't have a flea problem with either of our babies now!
post #14 of 27
I saw one of the most thorough and gentle vets at the banfield clinic in Petsmart. Was very pleased.

Don't have info on frontline... I don't have to use it. Sorry.
post #15 of 27
I have used 1800petmeds and they deliver within a day or two. Very good service and great prices. My vet promised to match any online prices so long as I capture the page and print it out and bring it in.

As for the PetSmart clinic, I have used one in the past and was extremely unhappy with it. I was raising Rotties and one of the puppies came down with Parvo. The vet refused to treat the rest of the litter until they showed symptoms. We lost most of the puppies, partially due to their refusal to give the puppies their shots at 6 weeks and partially due to the fact that they "forgot" to add the medications to the IV fluids used for sub q in the first bag we used. (Rotties are VERY suseptable to parvo and should be innoculated early to prevent it.)

After this our male dog was hit by a car and shattered his jaw. They left him caged without an IV and couldn't figure out why he wasn't eating. They didn't even give him a muzzle to support the jaw. He spent all of Sat and Sun waiting for a surgen to repair the damage. (Luckly I had money in the bank for my wedding so I could pay for the surgery)

This was several years ago, but I still wouldn't recommend them to my worst enemy.
post #16 of 27
I just think it's hit or miss with Bansfield. If you can get a good one there, great... however, I've found it's just best to develop a relationship with a vet that's not part of a "corporation". But, like I said you can find good & bad vets everywhere. Ask around for referrals, you'll know what's best for your baby.
post #17 of 27
I go to Banfield. i am on their wellness plans. And i think they are wonderfull. When my old vet retired, i was at a loss for where to go. and most clinics around where i am didnt have the same family feel as I was used to. or where way to expensive. My banfield gives me both of what I want...affordable. and they know who i am. of course i have 4 cats and a puppy i bring in lol
post #18 of 27
i use them as well. i always have the same vet and they are very careful with my skittish kitten
post #19 of 27
I use them as well. I don't always get the same vet, but there's one that I see most often. I believe he's the main vet. He's always good to my animals. When I had Hurricane here (until my sister got married and took him), he was very patient with him. If you were ever to meet Hurricane, you'd agree 100% when I say that any vet that can tolerate Hurricane is a good vet. To sum it up, even cat lovers (not referring to the vets) don't like Hurricane very much. But this one vet in particular still took his time and even was able to look at Hurricane's teeth, even though Hurricane does bite and scratch. In fact, Hurricane did once draw blood on his first visit, which was with an associate vet. But yet, he always got the attention he needed. Once when Hurricane had a small cold and I had him checked out just in case, he patiently waited until Hurricane stopped growling so he could hear for any congestion.

As for Luna, the first vet I saw for her was the one that animal control worked with, so I had to pick her up there. I ended up doing two follow ups for her there, but wasn't impressed, especially on the second visits. It felt so rushed. It was more like stick the needle in the cat and take the money. Without the plan Banfield does cost more, but I would highly recommend at least my local Banfield. The staff are always patient and friendly with me.

And they don't always try to milk you either. When Luna first got sick very early in the year, they faxed me an estimate at work for Luna's treatment (which turned out much lower when I actually paid for it) and gave me as many updates as they could during the day. Then when she got the same symptoms again less than two months later and I couldn't afford more x-rays, the vet took the time to search for the previous x-rays instead to help with the diagnosis. It turned out that she was suffering from asthma and once she got the shot, she did much better.
post #20 of 27
The Banfield just opened in Petsmart here... I will say I dont know the vet but her staff is very good ...

OTC( formerly RX) flea stuff is avail so many places .... Petco and many pet stores carry it ... but I did ask my vet and found out online was the cheapest ...
post #21 of 27
If you are buying online, do buy from a reputable source, there was an article recently stating that there are fake Frontline and Revolution on the market

This is from ebay but I have seen others in articles
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Use the ask seller a question feature to find out: What is the country of manufacture?(It's on the back of the box) Real Frontline comes from USA, or France. Does it state: "MERIAL--EPA APPROVED"? ..Is the box sealed? The end of the box will have a seal with a "LOT #" This number must match the number on each tube inside the package
post #22 of 27
I had a bad experience with Banfield,I used them because my cat needed to see a vet that was close by, i ended up taking him to his regular vet when he did not improve, Banfield did test on my pet to rule out a blockage, did not tell me prior to the test if there was a blockage that they couldnt do it there because it would be to late in the day by the time these test would be complete to give him surgery if needed. I found this out while the test were going on when I ASKED!!!! I was then told if he needed surgery I would need to take him to thier referal 30 miles away. He did not need surgery but they sent him home very sick. I would advise any of you considering on using this fly by night poor excuse for an animalhospital to beware. My cat was hospitalized at his regular vet for 3 days and treated for severe gastrointeritis with medication and IV therepy.3 days later he was sent home with a prescription powder that I mix with his food to make his bowlels work better I thank god every day that he recovered .He is that happy go lucky 1 year old again. I will never get my $ 400 that Banfield took from me for nothing but I will do all I can to advise people to use a real animal hospital and no these flunkies
post #23 of 27
I would not take my worst enemy to the Banfield here. Not only were they rude and condescending, but wanted to charge me nearly $500 for a spay. I almost fainted when they added it all up. If she had needed it to live, I would have found a way to pay it, but it was a spay. I took her to the Humane Society clinic 45 miles away, and had it done for $30. They were SO nice, took such good care of my baby, and called twice to see how she was doing and to let me know if she had any problems when the vet would be available. She is a very skittish kitty, and she was giving headbutts and hugs to the staff as they were gently putting her in her carrier to go home.
This is a totally low cost clinic, and they are wonderful. When I am in the area and have a few dollars to spare, I always find one of their donation jars. I would definitely use them again if I needed them.
OOOPS! Off the soapbox and back to the question. Wal-Mart has Frontline and Advantage behind the pharmacy counter in many of their stores. You have to sign for it, but the cost is very reasonable. I get mine at my local vet. I get the one for the largest dogs, and the vet even showed me how to measure the right dose with a syringe. I can do all 4 of my cats twice for around $15. Someone that posts here, or used to, also had that info. If that person sees this, I am sure they would pass it along. I would not feel comfortable doing it since I use a marked syringe with their names on it.
post #24 of 27
[quote=mzjazz2u;511609]I saw one of the most thorough and gentle vets at the banfield clinic in Petsmart. Was very pleased.

same here, their are super nice, and they have 24/7 emergency vet for you, in your area, and you get a extra 30% off.
I love how organized they are, and i only have ONE vet, the same one for over 9 months, and she even did my spay and neuter on my little ones.
another good thing, they have alot of locations, and someone like me, who travles alot, i can usely find one near where i live.
post #25 of 27
Personally, I don't like Banfield at all and would never take my animals to them and I wouldn't recommend that anyone else go there for theirs either.
post #26 of 27
I get my advantage from amazon.com... usually I can get it about $7.25 a dose if I shop between all their vendors and amazon itself. So far I've only gotten legitimate medication from them. Several dealers on amazon also sell frontline but it's too expensive for me right now.

Art
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
Personally, I don't like Banfield at all and would never take my animals to them and I wouldn't recommend that anyone else go there for theirs either.

I agree also the dont offer 24 hr vet car, BEWARE they will take your money and begin treatment then if more needs to be done towards closing time they will refer you to another animal hospital. I reported one in my area to the Better Business Bureau NO RESULTS SO FAR . Just beware they aren as advertised! I cringe everytime I am near this place.
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