*******DOSING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AND ERROR CAN RESULT IN SEIZURES OR DEATH... NOT FOR THOSE WHO ARE POOR AT MATH!!!!!******* IF YOU CHOOSE TO TREAT THIS WAY, AS MOST RESCUES, SHELTERS, AND SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS DO.. PLEASE TRIPLE CHECK ALL MATH UNTIL YOU ARE COMFORTABLE IN DOSING!!!!!******
I typed this up in another thread, and decided since I put the effort in, to share with everyone. Being responsible for your own dosing is not for everyone, please be very careful if you choose to take my advice.
Dog flea products can and DO kill cats. DO NOT USE HARTZ OR BIOSPOT EVER on anything.. it just does not work and it is dangerous.
HOWEVER, HERE IS THE SECRET FRONTLINE DOES NOT WANT TO GET OUT!!!!!!!!
Frontline Plus for 89-132 lb dogs can be used on all dogs/cats. For 8week old kittens, and for 132lb ginormous dogs. The cat and dog formulas ARE slightly different, however it is actually the CAT FORMULA that is more concentrated, it has 3% more "s-methoprene" which is the insect growth regulator used.
The key is DOSAGE. It is 0.0304545ml per pound.
Frontline Plus for Dogs is available as:
0.67 ml applicators for use on dogs and puppies up to 22 lbs
1.34 ml applicators for dogs 23-44 lbs
2.68 ml applicators for dogs 45-88 lbs
4.02 ml applicators for dogs 89-132 lbs
If you take the higher end weight, and multiply it by 0.030454545, you get the ml's used. (22 x 0.03ml= 0.67ml) (44x 0.03ml = 1.34ml) and so on.
NOW- the cat/kitten formula, which is stronger, you'd think would be more regulated. The amount in all cat/kitten applicators is 0.5ml. Which means its dosed for the HIGH end, a 15 lb cat. So, when you put frontline plus for cats on your 2lb kitten, you're giving him over 7x the amount he needs.
The weaker concenrated dog formula works just fine on cats and kittens.
Dose all cats, dogs, and puppies and kittens of age, with Frontline Plus for Dogs at 0.0304545ml per pound of body weight..... and all of your pets will be flea and tick free. It is OK to round up to the closest hundredth.. (you get 0.065 after calculating, you can round up to 0.07) After all, one hundredth is way more accurate than what is in the applicators.
Okay, now the fun part! One applicator for a 89-132lb dog(4.02ml) can treat 13 ten pound cats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I did not want to type all of that up, but the more I thought about it, the more its better for animals in general if people actually know. It makes the product more affordable for those of us that have 5 lifer dogs, 5 foster dogs, 3 inside cats, 2 barn cats.... and so on!
So, make sure you have an accurate and current weight each time you treat, and go get yourself a 1ml oral**do not give orally, apply in same area as instructed on package** (sure or exact dose) syringe for cats or small dogs, OR a 3ml syringe for medium dogs (and if you have a large dog, well, just use the applicator lol!) and some:
HAPPY FLEA & TICK TREATING!!!!
******This method and dosing is for FRONTLINE PLUS only, at the CURRENT FORMULA. Please do not read this a year from now and treat, as things may change!******