Advantage flea treatment trick. Same price for 10 times the amount of treatment £12.01 delivered @ Amazon and sold by Black Cat Medicines.
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Advantage flea treatment trick. Same price for 10 times the amount of treatment £12.01 delivered @ Amazon and sold by Black Cat Medicines.

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Found 25th Sep 2014
I've just been buying some flea treatment for our cats and came across this little nugget in the comments section, it's not really a deal as such (although it is a good price anyway) but it'll save me a few quid so thought I'd share.

Basically the different Advantage sizes all have the same ingredients and are about the same price, if you get the one for large dogs you get 10 times as much in the pack as the cat one for £12.45 vs £12.01. You then just need to measure 0.4 ml into a syringe for a cat size dose.

As below though DO NOT do this for other medications.

Credit to the reviewer:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant product - but don't buy it just yet....read on., 23 Jan 2013
By GrumpyZ0mbie
This review is from: Advantage 40 mg Spot-On Solution for Small Cats, Small Dogs and Pet Rabbits (up tp 4kg) (Misc.)
Firstly, like many other reviewers, I'd been using Frontline for years but over the last couple of years, it hadn't seemed to be all that effective any more. Both of my cats were frequently, desperately scratching and one of them has a patch of bad skin near her tail which never seemed to heal properly and scabs on her belly. having done a little research, I saw that many people were now recommending Advantage, but digging a little deeper, I discovered that actually, regardless of whether you buy Advantage 40, 80, 100, 250 or 400, the product is exactly the same (Imidacloprid (9.1%), Pyriproxyfen (0.46%) Other ingredients (90.44%)). The prices are similar regardless of size, but the advantage 400 ( for large dogs ) contains 10 times the amount of the fluid as the small cat version.

The product is fantastic. Since switching to advantage, both my cats have been completely flea free, do not scratch frantically any more, their skin has completely healed and the scabs appear no more.

Buy the large dog version and some cheap, needle-less, 1ml syringes to measure the dose correctly Shesto Pack of 3 x 1ml Syringes and you'll be flea-flea for 10 times as long for pretty much the same price. The pipettes reseal perfectly well after use and the active ingredient does not "go off" once they have been opened. Four flea-free months since I bought the Advantage 400 Spot-On Solution for Dogs (25 - 40kg) product and with two cats to treat, and I'm still on the first of the four pipettes!

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n.b. DO NOT APPLY THIS SAME METHODOLOGY TO OTHER BRANDS / OTHER TREATMENTS, MANY FLEA PRODUCTS DIFFER DEPENDING ON THE TARGET ANIMAL. FORTUNATELY, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THEY DO NOT.
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57 Comments

Original Poster

Dog owners voting it cold

Thanks Op ...saw this yesterday and thought I'd wait and see how much it is in the vets and it's £14 for just 3 pipettes. I've been giving my cat front line for the last 3 months and it doesn't even work...I read online that fleas have become immune to it! so fingers crossed this one will be better...

don't overdose. you will kill your cat. i would rather pay extra for right dosage and keep them safe.

Original Poster

skelly123

don't overdose. you will kill your cat. i would rather pay extra for … don't overdose. you will kill your cat. i would rather pay extra for right dosage and keep them safe.



Totally... If you aren't confident with measurements you really shouldn't risk it, having said that if you use the syringes suggested and pay attention to the dosage you'll be fine.

Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription from vets, but willing to try a more cost effective option if it works

Am using Advantage after Stronghold and Frontline stopped working on my cat. As long as I treat her monthly it sits the trick. much cheaper than the alternatives too. heat from me.

Thanks, just ordered :-)

That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. Combined with spaying the carpets worked very well.

How do you know the product is still as effective once it has been exposed to the environment? I may try this but am a bit worried about stability of the product once opened.

Thanks for the tip. We've been using Frontline for years and had also noticed it has become less effective.

Original Poster

melcarroll

How do you know the product is still as effective once it has been … How do you know the product is still as effective once it has been exposed to the environment? I may try this but am a bit worried about stability of the product once opened.



Looking at the reviews it looks like a few people have asked the manufacturer that question and have had it confirmed that it doesn't degrade, the applicator reseals too.

Thanks for this getting a new cat shortly and literally put " cat " into the search to see what came up as need carriers litter trays litter food etcetc for him this one will help keeping costs down and him happy

£13.18 for the large dogs version, is this correct?

Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?

You have no idea what is in:

Other ingredients (90.44%)

In any of the packs. Thus you could still easily be poisoning your cat

ReflexReact

Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?You have no idea what is … Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?You have no idea what is in:Other ingredients (90.44%)In any of the packs. Thus you could still easily be poisoning your cat


No.

"Advantage Flea Control for Cats (Small) can also be used for small dogs and rabbits"

I'd also hazard a guess that anything other than inert carriers, fillers, etc would have to be itemised on the ingredients.

Moreover, I've seen warnings on other flea treatments for one species against using them on another. Has anyone seen this for Advantage?
Edited by: "pibpob" 26th Sep 2014

tommytbone1

Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription … Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription from vets, but willing to try a more cost effective option if it works



Advocate is the same drug and made by the same company except it also treats other parasites such as worms. You can use advantage like the post suggests and use the money saved to buying worming pills/spot on. However that also depends on the price difference between those two products I guess.


ReflexReact

Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?You have no idea what is … Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?You have no idea what is in:Other ingredients (90.44%)In any of the packs. Thus you could still easily be poisoning your cat



A quick google will show that many people have done this method to save money. Only the active ingredients should matter as they are thing that does something. The rest will be neutral solvents, preservatives etc. This is probably the only drug I'd do it with though. Other drugs use different concentrations or will be toxic to cats if meant for dogs. Permethrin rings a bell on that matter. I've seen a cat given dog-exclusive flea stuff, its horrible.

A great idea op thanks for the heads up.

tommytbone1

Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription … Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription from vets, but willing to try a more cost effective option if it works


whiteston

That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. … That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. Combined with spaying the carpets worked very well.



You're supposed to spay the cat not the carpet

pibpob

No."Advantage Flea Control for Cats (Small) can also be used for small … No."Advantage Flea Control for Cats (Small) can also be used for small dogs and rabbits"I'd also hazard a guess that anything other than inert carriers, fillers, etc would have to be itemised on the ingredients.Moreover, I've seen warnings on other flea treatments for one species against using them on another. Has anyone seen this for Advantage?



If you look on the advantage for large dogs leaflet it probably does state do not use on cats but that's because one pipette contains such a large dose. The concentrations are exactly the same it's just different volumes to provide the correct dose for the animals bodyweight.

Correct on the advocate vs this product. Well worth buying this as the ingredients are the same except the worming side. But the price difference is huge compared to your local vets.

skelly123

don't overdose. you will kill your cat. i would rather pay extra for … don't overdose. you will kill your cat. i would rather pay extra for right dosage and keep them safe.



I agree, make a mistake and kill your pet !!!!!!!!!!! oO

My sister used one meant for a medium dog on her cat by mistake and it was a miracle she survived after being in a terrible state at the vets in a critical condition.

Been forced to go to the vets for Stronghold

Our local flees seem to have developed immunity to all the over the counter products.

Ordered, thanks. Just need a cat now, any deals going?

EliTom

I'm not sure I like this idea and I don't think I would risk it

Ridiculous.



ReflexReact

Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?You have no idea what is … Am I the only one that finds this rediculous?You have no idea what is in:Other ingredients (90.44%)In any of the packs. Thus you could still easily be poisoning your cat

scunk

Found it cheaper here:- … Found it cheaper here:- http://www.petmeds.co.uk/Brands-A-Z/A/Advantage/Advantage-400-for-Dogs-25kg-plus/p/I0000005?=googleshopping&CAWELAID=120160500000007515&CAGPSPN=pla&gclid=CKqHhNK0_8ACFVDItAod5woAtA


That's great but £3.99 shipping means its more expensive.

The one for Large cats is also cheap at £12.69. 68p for twice the amount.

I buy this - at usual strength and the right dosage - for my cat and small dog, it's the best now compared to frontline and all the others, I haven't used frontline for 2 years now because it became useless. I get mine at pet med websites (pet meds uk, medic animal etc )or amazon, depending on who's doing the best deal. Some of them offer 10% off as well for being a new customer and I just use a new email address.

I wouldn't chance doing this with the dose unless you really were careful and knew what you were doing, the wrong flea treatment almost killed my Aunts dog so you have to be proper on it with the measurements.

This is miles better than frontline, I use this monthly combined with that Indorex spray and that keeps on top of things flea wise.

tommytbone1

Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription … Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription from vets, but willing to try a more cost effective option if it works

whiteston

That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. … That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. Combined with spaying the carpets worked very well.



"You're supposed to spay the cat not the carpet"

think he`s referring to this type of spray:

vetuk.co.uk/fle…504


Edited by: "ws007" 26th Sep 2014

QuickProfits

[quote=tommytbone1] Is advantage any good though? Started using … [quote=tommytbone1] Is advantage any good though? Started using advocate with prescription from vets, but willing to try a more cost effective option if it works

whiteston

That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. … That's exactly what I did after reading the same review. 3 cats. Combined with spaying the carpets worked very well.



"You're supposed to spay the cat not the carpet"

think he`s referring to this type of spray:

petsathome.com/sho…=57[/quote

Nobody said spRay I think you missed the joke.

I use the dog one...on my dog(!).... Been buying Advantage from Pet Supermarket for a couple of years,3 doses for just over a tenner. Works a treat!

I too had a small female the was suffering on frontline. she was sluggish, pulling her hair out sores, and very congested. nearly a grand spent at vets tell I g me it was this or that food allergy I decided to change to this because it was a tad cheaper for my 3 cats. within a week the little girl was growing hair back, not scratching and playing again like a kitten. took her back to the vet who said "oh maybe she is allergic to flea bites". needless to say sticking with this and changed vets!

Banned

they are harmful for humans. Use tea tree oil!

irishsea

I too had a small female the was suffering on frontline. she was … I too had a small female the was suffering on frontline. she was sluggish, pulling her hair out sores, and very congested. nearly a grand spent at vets tell I g me it was this or that food allergy I decided to change to this because it was a tad cheaper for my 3 cats. within a week the little girl was growing hair back, not scratching and playing again like a kitten. took her back to the vet who said "oh maybe she is allergic to flea bites". needless to say sticking with this and changed vets!



Must have been awful, hope you were insured! It's very rare for common medicines like fipronil that are available without presciption to cause such an effect which is why they become prescription free. This is possibly why your (ex!) vet may have overlooked it however they definitely should have thought of common products!


luxmarket

they are harmful for humans. Use tea tree oil!



Imadacloprid has a very low lethality even with very high doses. You would have to drink all the pippetes in the box which will probably just make you feel nauseous.

Please ignore this advice as tea tree oil is dangerous to cats as are all essential oils.

luxmarket

they are harmful for humans. Use tea tree oil!


And watch the fleas have a tea party...

Permethrin is lethal for cats. i dont know if this product contains it but i wouldn't give my cat anything intended for dogs, and vice versa.

Stupid idea. Pet ownership comes with responsibilities and their welfare is not something you should scrimp on if it causes an increased risk of harm to your pet. Just accept that owning a pet costs money.
Calpol is just paracetomol so you could carefully cut up an adult pill and give a small piece to a baby to save money, but you wouldn't as it's stupid and potentially dangerous. I'm all for savng money but not when it comes to the welfare of my pets. If you can't afford a pet, don't get one.

As long as product has exactly the same ingredients and you use the correct dosage I don't see why people are moaning.

Cornishcream

Permethrin is lethal for cats. i dont know if this product contains it … Permethrin is lethal for cats. i dont know if this product contains it but i wouldn't give my cat anything intended for dogs, and vice versa.



This product does not contain pemethrin. It simply contains 4 pippetes of 4ml rather than 0.4ml at the same price and same concentration so that the dosage is the same when measured out as directed. Imadacloprid is a universal drug and can be used safely on dogs cats and rabbits.

nitro228

Stupid idea. Pet ownership comes with responsibilities and their welfare … Stupid idea. Pet ownership comes with responsibilities and their welfare is not something you should scrimp on if it causes an increased risk of harm to your pet. Just accept that owning a pet costs money. Calpol is just paracetomol so you could carefully cut up an adult pill and give a small piece to a baby to save money, but you wouldn't as it's stupid and potentially dangerous. I'm all for savng money but not when it comes to the welfare of my pets. If you can't afford a pet, don't get one.



This doesn't cause an increased risk though. I'd rather spend £12 on 40 doses on flea treatment than £12 for 4, it's a no brainer really. The money saved can then be put aside for emergencies such as operations, blood tests food etc. I agree with your principle but this is a saving of over £100 compared with a few pence for some paracetomol and isn't exactly cutting corners or detrimental to the animals welfare. I'm guessing you also buy neurofen rather than the 25p generic ibuprofen?

Has anyone stopped to think that the op might be a cat hating loon and has now lured you into killing your cat to save cash? Don't risk it people, this method is neither tried not tested
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