Repeat cat flea medication

Hi all, just wanted to know if this is other peoples experience, we get a repeat  prescription for flea medication for our 2 cats from the vets, have done for years, however now they have changed the policy and saying they won’t prescribe unless they’ve seen the cats every 12 months , which they hate, on a recent visit they took the opportunity to try and flock us all kinds of things and it felt like an opportunity to try and get more money out of it. So, is this a real thing that vets need to see the cats every 12 months or , being a very cynical person, a new money making scheme?

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  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,069 Forumite
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    Yes, it is normal for a vet to have to seen animal at regular intervals to issue repeat prescriptions. A vet should only issue a prescription for an animal under his care. There is no definition of what 'under his care ' means.
    Each vet decides what  that interval is- very often it is 6 months.

    You could consider using a non prescription product.
  • Mnoee
    Mnoee Posts: 815 Forumite
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    Do they not go annually for vaccinations anyway? My vets do a free health-check with the booster and I'm sure would bundle in repeat scripts too, if necessary.

    If you're unhappy with other aspects of their services, you can change vet - but I'd expect most to have similar rules about seeing pets every once in a while for repeat prescriptions. If nothing else, lots of meds for animals have different dosages for different weights. 
  • marcia_
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     I get mine on subscription from pats at home. £4 per cat , much cheaper than the vets, and need to fill in a form once a year confirming cats health and weight. 
  • Catpuss66
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    Lot of vet prescribed flea is weight based so they need to check weight. Just registered my last cat with animal trust do not charge for consultations where as other vets charge £25ish on top of flea drops. Absolutely money making scheme. 
  • Bigwigg
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    Thanks all, what are the best none prescription flea products that people use? 
  • marcia_
    marcia_ Posts: 1,797 Forumite
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     I use advantage, apparently frontline is no good anymore 
  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,069 Forumite
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    Catpuss66 said:
    Lot of vet prescribed flea is weight based so they need to check weight. Just registered my last cat with animal trust do not charge for consultations where as other vets charge £25ish on top of flea drops. Absolutely money making scheme. 
    Not any good if you don't live where they have surgeries.
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