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Does anyone buy their flea stuff online?

post #1 of 12
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I was wondering if anybody can direct me to a good website to get frontline or advantax (sp???). The vets around here charge an arm and a leg and I know I can get it at a better price online. Thanks!
post #2 of 12
The only site that comes to mind is http://www.1800petmeds.com/

I haven't purchased anything from them yet. But they seem to be getting a lot of good reputation from customers that come into my store.
post #3 of 12
My advice is don't buy meds on-line. You don't always get the same stuff the vets are selling you - you get a much watered-down version or knock-offs.

There are some folks on this site that have multiple cats and do buy in larger, bulk quantities but they are experienced in the correct dosages by weight for their animals so unless you are that knowledgeable, I would avoid doing that as you could actually harm your kittie.

As the old saying goes - often you get what you pay for.
post #4 of 12
You might check into the cheaper clinics near you--sometimes they have special deals.

Also, be sure that you never put Advantix on a cat or a dog who interacts with a cat. Advantix is very toxic for kitties. Advantage, Frontline, Revolution, Program, and Capstar are appropriate flea medications for cats.
post #5 of 12
You risk getting watered-down or incorrect dosages from any pharmacy or vet that compounds (mixes) its own medications. However, since flea meds are packaged by the manufacturer I really don't see a problem with it. The problem you run into on-line with these is getting a knock-off or imitation masquerading as the real thing.

Go to a reputable site, and if they do not require a prescription from your vet, then stay away. For instance, Drs Foster and Smith require that you either mail them the original prescription, have the vet's office fax it, or call it in, just like a human pharmacy. Any site that does not do this might not be legit. Any site that offers to have their veterinarians diagnose and prescribe over the internet might not be legit, same goes for people medications.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
You risk getting watered-down or incorrect dosages from any pharmacy or vet that compounds (mixes) its own medications. However, since flea meds are packaged by the manufacturer I really don't see a problem with it. The problem you run into on-line with these is getting a knock-off or imitation masquerading as the real thing.

Go to a reputable site, and if they do not require a prescription from your vet, then stay away. For instance, Drs Foster and Smith require that you either mail them the original prescription, have the vet's office fax it, or call it in, just like a human pharmacy. Any site that does not do this might not be legit. Any site that offers to have their veterinarians diagnose and prescribe over the internet might not be legit, same goes for people medications.
I'm just curious,
I know you can buy Advantage and Frontline from Petco and a few other local petstores. These stores do not require a prescription to buy it. Do these differ from the ones purchased from a veternarian? Last time I had bought some from the vet the boxes looked the same but the price tag was more expensive at the vet.
post #7 of 12
I now buy my frontline online, as in the UK you no longer need a prescription for normal frontline. I was wary of it being the proper stuff, but the site I use was recommended by a rescue who have been using them a while - someone said you can get it even cheaper off Ebay, but I really wouldn't trust that!!! Not sure if they ship outside the UK though.
post #8 of 12
Actually I think they've recently started selling it otc just like Claritin made the move from prescription to OTC. However, with most stuff like that it's still cheaper if you use a prescription.

Maybe I should say, if they don't do that for prescriptions in general, then don't trust them.
post #9 of 12
Advantage and Frontline are considered pesticides and do not require a prescription. Revolution is a medication and requires a prescription. I switched to Revolution because it is comparable in price and along with fleas takes care of heartworm, common intestinal parasites and ear mites.
post #10 of 12
I used to buy it on Ebay and could get it at a good price. Then I started reading so much about the imitation packages that are made and imported from other countries. That scared me and so now I just buy it and the vet's office. I don't want to risk giving my cats something that will harm them.
post #11 of 12
My vet said the only place he trusted was Drs Foster & Smith. So that's where I order my stuff, I'm very satisifed with them, and I save a whole bunch of money that way!
post #12 of 12
I buy my Revolution online and get it imported from Australia. I buy the large dog size and dose it out. I can do 16 kittens or 5 normal sized cats with one large dog size tube. The Australian site does not require a prescription.

The person who owns the Australian site I order from is a vet. I know many, many people in rescue who do this regularly and have never heard of anyone getting a counterfeit box. I'm guessing you can get a counterfeit box from almost any source. I would not buy medications on Ebay, though I buy almost everything else there.
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