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Comfortis: flea protection in a chewable tablet

by Dr. Chris

April 17, 2009: Comfortis, which is made by Lilly is designed to be a month long flea protection medication which you can give orally, which is different from Frontline Plus which needs to be given topically.


The claimed benefits of this medication is that it starts to kill fleas in 30 minutes, and kills all fleas in less than 4 hours.

You can only get this with a prescription from your vet, unlike Frontline which you can get without a prescription.

Active Ingredient: Spinosad

Dosage: 13.5 to 27.3 mg/lb (30-60 mg/kg). It comes in 5 tablet sizes.

It is designed for dogs over the age of 14 weeks.

The makers say to use Comfortis with caution in pregnant dogs and dogs with epilepsy.

Common side effects were vomiting, decreased appetite, and lethargy.

Comfortis Dosage Chart:

5 to 10 lbs. 140mg tablet
10.1 to 20 lbs. 270mg tablet
20.1 to 40 lbs. 560mg tablet
40.1 to 60 lbs. 810mg tablet
60.1 to 120lbs. 1620mb tablet

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Can I give Comfortis to a pregnant female dog?
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can this be given to a pregnant female?

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"I would go exactly to how much your dog weighs if it weighs 60 pounds or less then use the 810mg tablet. If he weighs 60.1 pounds or more use the 1620mg tablet. Normally the companies test this very carefully for safety concerns."

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Why would you possibly want to do this???

Regardless of any company tests for safety concerns, keep in mind when you use a product like this you are effectively feeding your dog a low-dose pesticide.

And while it may be "safe" to use within the recommended dosage ranges, do you really think that a dosages of 810mg would work just fine on a dog weighing 59.9 pounds but would suddenly stop working when your dog trips over to 60.1 pounds.

No matter how "safe" these treatments may seem, there are some health related risks (cancer, etc.) that can come from using them. So if your dog is right on/near the border in weight, then I would think you'd ALWAYS want to always use the LOWER dosage - to give your dog the same protection while minimizing the amount of pesticides (and related health risks) you're introducing into his system...



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Comfortis Dose for 60 pound dog
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I would go exactly to how much your dog weighs if it weighs 60 pounds or less then use the 810mg tablet.

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which dose to use
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My dog is 60 lbs. Do I use the higher dose or the lower dose? Or, can I use the high dose strength and cut the tablet in half?

Dog is a golden retriever - very sensitive to skin allergies, and weight goes between 57 and 60.5 lbs.

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