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Old 05-27-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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My foster cats have fleas and I was wondering if PetArmor is safe. There seems to be some controversy over it as far as safety.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I've never heard of it, I just use Advantage.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:21 PM
 
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PetArmor is the generic version of Frontline (note Frontline not Frontline plus). Irts been around fo many years but was orginally limited to only WalMarts and Sam's Club. The problems is that PetArmor and Frontline use the same active ingredient but the ingredients used to dispurse the active ingredient over a animal are not the same.

Some problems with PetArmor is that like any change of anything it may take a little extra time to get it to work fully and typical people are so impatient they expect instant results and complain that it doesn't work if 2 seconds after application all the fleas and ticks in the state didnt up and drop dead.

Another more widely reported problem is that animals that have used another topical treatment have experience skin problems when the new treatment was applied to the same spot. Don;t know if you need to space the treatments apart or maybe the other treatment casues some long=term reaction with this one.

But basically its Frontline.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Canada
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sorry haven't heard of it. but there is a good site listing the worst and the safer alternatives to flea and tick products. don't see it listed on there.

GreenPaws Flea and Tick Products Directory | Smarter Living
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:52 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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^^I don't know about the validity of the info in this link, but I did notice they're rating it by the risk to humans, not to your pet. For example, Comfortis is rated safer than some other things, and the description said that, as it is a pill, risk to humans and children is very low, compared to topical applications.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have tried a few over the counter flea medications, but I always go back to the Advantage from the vet. In my experience, it's not worth the small savings. The cheaper stuff seems to work, but it lays on my cat's hair for a couple of days, causing him to frantically try to lick it off. I'm worried he will get sick from ingesting it by mouth.
The good stuff disappears almost immediately and doesn't upset him.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Canada
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^^I don't know about the validity of the info in this link, but I did notice they're rating it by the risk to humans, not to your pet. For example, Comfortis is rated safer than some other things, and the description said that, as it is a pill, risk to humans and children is very low, compared to topical applications.
I can't vouch for the site but it has some important info on the toxic chemicals that are contained in these products. top heading says 'contain toxic chemicals that are poisonous to PETS and harm HUMANS'
If they can harm us, I can only imagine how toxic they can also be to a pet...
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:09 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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There is good info there. I just thought, if someone looked at it quickly, just going by the icon ratings, without reading, they might get the wrong impression about which are safer. The icons just tell you which are most likely to cause a problem for humans by accidental contact, at least as far as I can tell.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:10 AM
 
Location: California
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PetArmor is the generic version of Frontline (note Frontline not Frontline plus). Irts been around fo many years but was orginally limited to only WalMarts and Sam's Club. The problems is that PetArmor and Frontline use the same active ingredient but the ingredients used to dispurse the active ingredient over a animal are not the same.

Some problems with PetArmor is that like any change of anything it may take a little extra time to get it to work fully and typical people are so impatient they expect instant results and complain that it doesn't work if 2 seconds after application all the fleas and ticks in the state didnt up and drop dead.

Another more widely reported problem is that animals that have used another topical treatment have experience skin problems when the new treatment was applied to the same spot. Don;t know if you need to space the treatments apart or maybe the other treatment casues some long=term reaction with this one.

But basically its Frontline.
My cat had a bad reaction to Frontline. Not fatal or toxic, just red and irritated around the application area. The vet recommended that I try PetArmor for that exact reason. I have found it is effective and Max seems to respond well to it. And while all the fleas don't jump up and die, I do notice a difference in scratching (he only ever gets fleas at the vet as he is indoors, LOL) in about 12-16 hours.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I went to Amazon and read different reviews for different flea products. I decided on the purple Advantage (ll), and got it yesterday.

I was using a natural spray for a couple of months and it did not work.
I hope the Advantage works as the cats are soooo infested with fleas!

Does anyone know of a good vitamin to give them to help with their immune system?
I used to give my persian cats Nutrical years ago. I am wondering if there is something better and stronger.

Thanx for all your help!
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