All you vets out there - why oh why can I not buy frontline de-flea without a prescription? It's only de-flea, not horse tranquilisers! - HotUKDeals
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All you vets out there - why oh why can I not buy frontline de-flea without a prescription? It's only de-flea, not horse tranquilisers!

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
I posted earlier asking for a good online store to purchase a good de-flea and de-worming treatment for my cat as my vet would not sell it to me without seeing my cat, and nor would the other vet practice I asked. So, off I went on my online search and I was told petmed was the place to shop - good prices and nice easy website. I place my order, go off a happy person, and come back to read my emails saying I need a prescription for the frontline de-flea for my cat and my dog. Seriosuly?! A prescription for it. I would understand if it was horse tranquilisers but it's de-flea treatment for a cat.
I am trying to be a good pet owner, keeping out animals happy, healthy and in good condition. There is no way I could get our lovely cat to the vets, she is a scardy cat and the second she sees a basket she gets the claws out and will hide for a few days, go up to the farm and not come home. Being a rescue cat and ferrel when we got her, I suppose she hasn't forgotten that and she gets so stressed out if we actually manage to get her in one that it just isn't fair on her, so going to the vet is not an option.
Any ideas on how to get frontline at a good price without going to the vet? Please!
OK, mini rant over, my supper is ready so got to go, but all comments and suggestions gratefully received!
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Do you know anyone else with a cat who has recently been to the vet? Could they order for you? We had a similar problem just after getting our two cats who were also feral, we couldnt get them to the vet but the vet advised that if our friend ordered for her cat he would have no problem with that,
#2
why not try googling "frontline flea dangers" (without the quotes) and see what you get. Think that will answer it for you.
#3
I buy frontline on-line all the time (I have 6 cats and 2 dogs) and have never needed a prescription>
#4
you can get it on ebay as well.
#5
Frontline is a POM (prescription only medication) and your animal is not allowed to be issued a prescription without being seen (unless its a ongoing illness). This is part of the reason your dog should be checked before applying flea treatment....and she was checked before hand.
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#6
Pets at Home sell it!
#8
I get my cat injected with program, much easier, though she's no bother for the vets
#9
Your vet will not be able to tell by simply looking at your cat whether they are going to react badly or not, they also do not apply the frontline while you are there. Its a governmnet thing that most vets are not too keen on, the vet just needs to have seen the cat within twelve months to prescribe, most people will have seen their vet within the time frame so its not too big a problem but if you havent been to the vet it can be a biggy.
#10
Thank you everyone!
Petmeds were the ones who I placed the order with and then afterwards sent me an email saying I needed a prescription.
That poor labrador looks so sore! My labs have never had a problem with frontline thank goodness, and the cat has had it before, then we went onto bob marlin from the pet store which is rubbish, doesn't make a difference. Maybe being on a farm makes them more resiliant?
Ebay I have reservations about, not sure why, but it just seems a bit dodgy for something so important.
I can't think of any friends close who have cats - dogs, no problem, but cats I just can't think of anyone to ask to go to their vets for us.
I still can't get that poor labrador's poorly skin out of my mind - was it frontline that caused it? What do the vets need to look for before they can prescribe it?
My cat (embarassingly) has fleas - I can't believe I'm telling everyone about it, lol, and I want to get rid of them like a good owner. Standard over the counter treatments do not work, she cannot get ot the vets, I need a prescription for online. This is not making life easy for me!!
#11
hdixon85
Thank you everyone!
Petmeds were the ones who I placed the order with and then afterwards sent me an email saying I needed a prescription.
That poor labrador looks so sore! My labs have never had a problem with frontline thank goodness, and the cat has had it before, then we went onto bob marlin from the pet store which is rubbish, doesn't make a difference. Maybe being on a farm makes them more resiliant?
Ebay I have reservations about, not sure why, but it just seems a bit dodgy for something so important.
I can't think of any friends close who have cats - dogs, no problem, but cats I just can't think of anyone to ask to go to their vets for us.
I still can't get that poor labrador's poorly skin out of my mind - was it frontline that caused it? What do the vets need to look for before they can prescribe it?
My cat (embarassingly) has fleas - I can't believe I'm telling everyone about it, lol, and I want to get rid of them like a good owner. Standard over the counter treatments do not work, she cannot get ot the vets, I need a prescription for online. This is not making life easy for me!!

No it was Stronghold that caused it, she had a massive allergic reaction. Thankfully i am in the field, so things were a lot easier for me. She had biopsies the lot, hence the staples.
The vet obviously wouldnt be able to tell if a reaction was imminent, but they do check the skin and the animals history, some vets, will not prescribe flea treatments for animals that suffer with other illnesses. Plus its a way of getting more money out of the customer, because you are likely to pay a constulation fee.
Anyway in the mean time, forget flea collars, forget cheapy over the counter carp and get your self either a good flea shampoo until you can get to the vets, or is there somebody else who can pop the cat to the vets for you?
#12
kidcat
Your vet will not be able to tell by simply looking at your cat whether they are going to react badly or not, they also do not apply the frontline while you are there. Its a governmnet thing that most vets are not too keen on, the vet just needs to have seen the cat within twelve months to prescribe, most people will have seen their vet within the time frame so its not too big a problem but if you havent been to the vet it can be a biggy.


Thanks for the info. It's just not fair to take her to the vet, last time she went so crazy she hurt herself in the basket, bit the vet and when she got home she ran away to the farm for a week and we had no idea where she was. She's a cutie pie at home, the most gorgeous cat, a real character, just so loving (on her own terms), really intuitive to when you need a good cuddle, always makes you smile but she runs away under the bed or somewhere she can't be reached if a non-family member comes to the house and when she's outside in the fresh air, her ferral side comes back and she looks wild! Apart from when she is sunbathing on my strawberry patch, squashing all of my yummy strawberries!!
#13
hdixon85
Thanks for the info. It's just not fair to take her to the vet, last time she went so crazy she hurt herself in the basket, bit the vet and when she got home she ran away to the farm for a week and we had no idea where she was. She's a cutie pie at home, the most gorgeous cat, a real character, just so loving (on her own terms), really intuitive to when you need a good cuddle, always makes you smile but she runs away under the bed or somewhere she can't be reached if a non-family member comes to the house and when she's outside in the fresh air, her ferral side comes back and she looks wild! Apart from when she is sunbathing on my strawberry patch, squashing all of my yummy strawberries!!


Then she wont be happy about bathing then! Have you tried speaking to your vet? Ours was really helpful, and it was him that told me to get a friend who had visited the vet in the last twelve months to order it.
suspended#14
If you live in carmarthenshire area Carmarthen farmers Co-operative sell both cat and dog frontline spot on and give good sensible advice.
#15
Where did you get her from, maybe you could call them and explain? They may have a solution, they probably encounter this alot.
#16
Lulu'sMammy
No it was Stronghold that caused it, she had a massive allergic reaction. Thankfully i am in the field, so things were a lot easier for me. She had biopsies the lot, hence the staples.
The vet obviously wouldnt be able to tell if a reaction was imminent, but they do check the skin and the animals history, some vets, will not prescribe flea treatments for animals that suffer with other illnesses. Plus its a way of getting more money out of the customer, because you are likely to pay a constulation fee.
Anyway in the mean time, forget flea collars, forget cheapy over the counter carp and get your self either a good flea shampoo until you can get to the vets, or is there somebody else who can pop the cat to the vets for you?


Poor dog!! Hope it's all cleared up now.
Shampoo is unfortunately out of the question, she'd run a mile and isn't very dosile at best, add water to the situation and you're asking for trouble/blooded arms.
I agree, flea collars are a big no-no, if she jumped and it got caught on a branch or barbed wire - highly likely, her jumping aim has gone downhill in her older age - she'd be left hanging and so we don't collar our animals.
Only thing I can think of is taking a photo of my darling cat and pointing out they prescribed it for a number of years before this stupid 12 month rule came into place!
#17
Hope you get sorted soon matey, i know animals are a massive worry. I didnt realise your cat was ferrel, otherwise wouldnt of suggested the bathing. Hope something works out for you. :)
#18
We got her from cats protection. The best cat in the world in my opinion, she's gorgeous. I might even try and upload a photo in a bit to try and prove it! Though I'm stumped with this situation. We have very expensive, very particular vets who won't budge. Might go and see if the vet who recently saw our poorly labrador would be swayed to help. Surely he won't sentence my cat to a life of itching!!
#19
Lulu'sMammy
Hope you get sorted soon matey, i know animals are a massive worry. I didnt realise your cat was ferrel, otherwise wouldnt of suggested the bathing. Hope something works out for you. :)


Thank you. Not entirely ferrel. She was completely ferrel when we got her, but 10 years of love and she's alright in the home when it's just family and no loud noises (or water!).
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#21
I buy frontline for my cats without a perscrption all the time, you used to need a perscription but this changed a while back.

strange that they emailed you, I've brought from petmeds about 3 months ago with no problems?
#22
Here's part of the email:

Thank you for your order *******. One or more of the items you have ordered are Prescription Only Medication (POM) as listed below.
Frontline Combo Spot-on for Ca 1 PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED
Frontline Combo Spot-on for Do 1 PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED
We are unable to dispatch the order until we receive a prescription from you for the relevant items.On receipt of your valid prescription, your order will be dispatched within 24 hours. The prescription can be sent via email, fax or post to the detail below.

Oh well. I'm going to rack my brains and work something out. I guess faking an animal prescription is out of the question. Hmmm. Might have to do the ebay thing. And going to do it soon, not fair on the poor cat! I wouldn't like to have itchy fleas. Makes me laugh though, you can buy stuff to de-head lice your children without prescription, but de-lice and de-flea your cat and that's another matter. LOL.
#23
Hi, its because its the COMBO version , its the normal spot-on you don't need a prescription for
#24
Hi
Try Hyperdrug.co.uk they sell frontline spoton for cats without prescription and lots of other things, have used them before and they are reliable.

:)
#25
dinkidoo
Hi
Try Hyperdrug.co.uk they sell frontline spoton for cats without prescription and lots of other things, have used them before and they are reliable.

:)


I would hope after 2 months her problem is already sorted
banned#26
RedIron;2820372
I would hope after 2 months her problem is already sorted

Nice to know of other outlets though ;-)

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