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Non-prescription flea and worm treatment-UK?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Lola Guyer, Apr 17, 2020.


  1. Lola Guyer

    Lola Guyer PetForums Newbie

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    Is there is an effective flea/worming treatment in the UK that can be bought online without prescription. My vet is charging £22 for one prescription and we need one for each of our kittens (well they are 9 months old now and starting to venture out). I know the shelter said Bob Martin/Frontline are rubbish and not to bother. Interesting that Chillminx said Fipronil doesn't work is some areas in the UK, I am guessing that is what is in Frontline. We are in Yorkshire. Thank you for any recommendations. (Note: one of our cats has a very sensitive stomach, possible IBD).
     
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    urbantigers PetForums VIP

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    I use Advantage which is available without a prescription. It's not a wormer though, just flea treatment. I find it effective (although my cats are indoor cats!)
     
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    Lola Guyer PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your reply. I will have a look at that one.
     
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    @Lola Guyer - a wormer you can buy without a prescription is Drontal. It covers all types of intestinal worms found in UK cats. It comes as a rather large tablet, which is IME too big to get safely down the throat of a cat as a whole tablet.

    https://www.petdrugsonline.co.uk/drontal-cat-wormer

    At the Shelter we crush the Drontal tablet to powder and add it to strong smelling food. But some of my own cats have smelled it in the food and refused it.

    I prefer to use Milbemax total wormer as it is a very small tablet, easy to pill the cat with directly or as the tablet smells meaty it can easily be hidden in food when crushed.

    Milbemax is only available on prescription and is expensive to buy from the vet (I think I paid £7 per tablet at the vet's). So it may be worth you doing what I do and getting a prescription from your vet for a year's supply (i.e. 4 tablets) then buying it from an online pet pharmacy. The vet will charge for the script but overall there will be a bit of a saving.

    https://www.evetdrug.co.uk/pets/wor...t/milbemax-tablets-for-small-cats-and-kittens
     
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    Have a look on Vetuk.

    I buy Drontal on there.
     
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    @Lurcherlad - as an aside - I noticed than Vet UK has started giving their prices in euros, (which I am sure they didn't in the past when I used them). I wonder why they have done this - seems an unusual thing for a UK based company to do on a UK website...
     
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    Never had a problem with those either, but agree that Frontline is a waste of money (certainly in my area that has been the case for several years). Agree also with @chillminx that Drontal are big tablets and difficult to disguise even in food with some particularly suspicious cats . . . I have one who is very sceptical of anything you put in front of her.
     
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    Click the Union Jack at the top of the page.
     
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    Lola Guyer PetForums Newbie

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    For some reason I can't reply to people. Thank you everyone for your advice.

    Chillminx: My vet charges £22 for a prescription! And one for each cat and will only give on a 4 month basis. Need new vet!? I honestly don't think I will get a tablet down the two of them. Is there a non-prescription effective wormer in spot on? And would you say Adavantage is a good spot on flea treatment? And for ticks?

    And to cats with sensitive stomachs (possible IBD) have issues with spot on treatments at all? Might be a stupid question.

    Thank you so much for your help!
     
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  10. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Wow, £22 is expensive and for 4 months only! My vet charged me £15 for the script as I recall..but it covered a full year.

    Advantage is a very good spot on flea treatment. It does not cover for ticks though. For that you would need either Bravecto (prescription only) spot on, or Frontline. Unfortunately Frontline is not always effective against fleas, as you mentioned earlier, but it is good for ticks.

    I found the ticks to be such a nuisance on my cat every Spring, I decided to go with Bravecto. It is more expensive but only needs to be give once every 3 months. He has never had a tick since I began using Bravecto on him.

    A non-prescription spot-on wormer that covers roundworms and tapeworms is Dronspot.

    https://petwell.co.uk/dronspot-spot-on-for-cats.html
     
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    sazberryftw PetForums Newbie

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    The other comments here have you covered for non-vet options. I just wanted to check if you've asked your vet if they do a care plan that includes it? I pay £10 a month at Vets4Pets for their complete care package, which includes flea and worming treatment as standard. It includes many other things like vaccinations, annual health checkup, money off a vet and nurse appointment.
     
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