Advantage flea control
Here's how to make Advantage more affordable. Please note, this is for the original Advantage and Advantage II only, not the newer K-9 Advantix or Advantage Multi for Dogs. Do NOT use the newer dog products on cats.
Since the formula for dogs is exactly the same as for cats (A to Z Vet Supply Advantage page - from the box :Technical Specs:
Active ingredient is imidacloprid 9.1%.
Advantage is a once-a-month topical application for cats and kittens 8 weeks and older and dogs and puppies 7 weeks and older.
Always read package labeling and directions prior to using Advantage. Advantage is a once-a-month topical application for cats and kittens 8 weeks and older and dogs and puppies 7 weeks and older.
Always read package labeling and directions prior to using Advantage.
By viewing the link for each product listed, you'll see that the ratio of active to inert ingredients is the same for all sizes)
you can buy the Advantage for dogs and split it up for use on cats. Don't worry, it's safe. When I first heard about this, years ago, I asked my vet about it. He got out a box of Advantage for large dogs and a box of Advantage for cats. He compared the ingredients. He was surprised to find out they were the same. Now, they tell their clients about this, saving them money.
It's kind of like needing milk. You go to the store and can get whole milk by the gallon, quart or pint. Same with Advantage. I know that with some other products, you cannot use the dog product for cats, but it is safe to do with Advantage.
For cats nine pounds and up, you need point eight (.8) mL of product. For cats under nine pounds, you need point four (.4) mL of product.
The large dog size of Advantage has 4 vials with 4.0 mL per vial. One vial will treat five cats. (5 x .8 = 4.0)
One package (4 vials total) of large dog size of Advantage will give you 20 treatments for the nine pound and over cats.
Ask your vet. And see if s/he will give you a bottle to squeeze it in and some syringes with marks on them so you know how much to give each cat. You don't need needles!! The Advantage needs to be shaken well between each treatment because the active ingredient settles. A good idea is to get a piece of colored tape and mark off the correct measurement on the syringe, because the Advantage will take the ink off, then it's kind of hard to get the correct dosage. And, please, wear gloves. This can get kind of messy.
If we bought Advantage packaged for cats, it would cost us $34 x 5 = $170. Buying the Advantage packaged for large dogs, it only costs us $38. A big savings. If you have any left over, don't worry. Just store it in a cool, dry place and use it the following month. It doesn't lose potency.
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