Last month I told you about the affordable flea medicine from VetGuard Plus but we hadn’t used it yet at that point.
For a little refresher, VetGuard Plus is a vet-grade quality (and vet recommended) flea and tick treatment for dogs. Quality products at a significantly lower price than other flea & tick medications (like Frontline, for example).
On my trip to Walmart I saw a lot of products and it was a little overwhelming to tell you the truth. Because I knew what I was looking for it was easy to spot VetGuard Plus but I would have liked to see it displayed a bit higher.
The VetGuard Plus boxes are brightly colored and clearly labeled so you can’t accidentally grab a box for a small dog if you have a large dog (thanks to the photos on the front too). At first glance it was obvious that VetGuard Plus was the more affordable choice but was it the best choice?
I compared each major brand and if there were flashing arrows in Walmart they would have been pointing directly to VetGuard Plus as the clear choice.
- Kills – Fleas, flea eggs & larvae, lice and ticks.
- Repels – ticks & mosquitoes for up to 4 weeks
- Prevents – Flea eggs from developing.
- Price at my local Walmart – $22.86
- Active Ingredients – Permethrin 45%, Pyriproxyfen 5%, other ingredients 50%
- Kills – Fleas, ticks, & chewing lice.
- Price at my local Walmart – $25.00
- Active Ingredients – Fipronil 9.7%, other ingredients 90.3%
Frontline Plus: (our old brand)
- Kills – Fleas, flea eggs & larvae, ticks, and chewing lice
- Price at my local Walmart – $39
- Active ingredients – Fipronil 9.8%, (S)-methoprene 8.8%, other ingredients 81.4%
Do you see a (bad) trend in PetArmor and Frontline Plus? Besides VetGuard Plus protecting your pet against more, the list of ingredients immediately caught my eye. Frontline Plus and PetArmor both have very high “other” ingredients and very low percentages of their active ingredients and I just do not understand that.
So of course I happily purchase the VetGuard Plus for a small dog and for a large dog and went on my merry (and satisfied) way.
Each box comes with cute stickers to place on your calendar so you are reminded what day your pet(s) need a new dose of medication. It’s a great reminder since the stickers are very bright and stand out.
Honey was up first. You simply place the tube on the base of the neck and squeeze as you move the tube down toward the tail. Believe it or not this is only Honey’s 2nd time getting any medication like this. We adopted her from our local humane society in April and her previous owner never protected her from anything. It’s been a month since we applied the medication and both dogs are loving their VetGuard Plus. We’ve seen no issues of skin irritation (redness, scratching, discomfort) at all or any other side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea. Our experience with VetGuard Plus is a pleasant one and we are definitely believers that affordable pet care IS possible.
Stay tuned for another VetGuard Plus post from me with something special for you!!
Disclosure: I was asked to be a VetGuard Plus Ambassador. I received a promotional item as well as compensation as a thank-you for participating. All opinions are my very own. **While the EPA has approved the claim that VetGuard Plus kills and repels mites, due to the nature of a mite infestation, you should consult your veterinarian for suggestions for a complete program to eliminate them.