First, let's discuss Frontline, one of the best (and most expensive) preventatives out there. Frontline Plus has had the advantage over the competitors for years due to their exclusive patent of the active ingredient, Fipronil. Well, that patent has expired. What does that mean? Generics will start to hit the markets very soon! Are generics safe? Absolutely. They contain the exact same active ingredient, at a fraction of the price. One generic I have come across, and am currently using, is called PetArmor Plus. Pet Armor Plus retails at Walmart for $28.00/3 month supply for ANY size dog. If you're a Sam's Club member, you can save a couple extra bucks and pick up a three month supply for $25. Compare this to a 3-month supply of Frontline Plus, which starts at $42.99 at Petco, and you're saving almost HALF the cost!
As Billy Mayes said, "but wait, there's more!" There is another way to slash the price of flea and tick prevention EVEN MORE!
The difference between the doses of Flea and Tick prevention is the amount of egg inhibitor per dose. This means that the product marketed for larger dogs contains more egg inhibitor than the product made for smaller dogs.
What does this mean? This means that one dose for a LARGE dogs can be measured out in MULTIPLE DOSES for smaller dogs and even cats! Each dose contains 4.02ml. Here is the dosage chart for cats and dogs based on weight:
|PET||WEIGHT||MONTHLY DOSE||TREATS FOR:|
|DOG||0-22 lbs.||.67ml||6 Months|
|23-44 lbs.||1.34ml||3 Months|
|45-88 lbs.||2.68ml||1.5 Months|
|89-132 lbs.||4.02ml||1 Months|
Note: I only endorse this with Frontline Plus or generic Frontline Plus products.
So, how do you use this? Simple. You purchase Frontline Plus or a generic version for the largest size (89-132lbs). You then purchase the kit tools (I purchase mine from eBay). The tools include a 1ml syringe and a glass vial for storage of the product since you won't use it all at once for smaller dogs and cats. You pour one dose of the large dog Frontline into the vial and measure out only what you need to dose your pet(s) for that month. Then the following month, you do it again!
I've been doing this for over a year with great success. This method will last Beanie six months, or both of my cats for four months. Now that I've acquired my moose of a German Shepherd, Tank, one of these doses will treat all of my pets for one month.
So never fear, flea and tick prevention CAN be easy!