Once a month oral flea treatment for dogs and cats
- Rapid flea killer - begins killing fleas within 30 minutes and is 100% effective within 4 hours of administration
- Can be used on wet dogs
Comfortis Chewable Tablets For Dogs
Comfortis is a once a month oral medication which rapidly kills fleas on dogs and cats. Studies have shown that Comfortis begins to kill fleas within 30 minutes of dosing and is 100% effective within 4 hours.
Comfortis can be used on wet dogs and bathing, swimming and getting wet does not diminish the product's effectiveness.
Comfortis can be used in dogs and cats over 14 weeks of age.
Owners should seek veterinary advice regarding use in pregnant or lactating animals and for use with pre-existing epilepsy. Safety has not been established in breeding males.
Comfortis can be safely used with topical tick treatments and collars, gastrointestinal worm treatments and heartworm treatments used in accordance to the manufacturer's dosing recommendations.
How to use the product
Comfortis is given orally once per month and the dose is bodyweight dependant. For cats 1.9 - 2.7kg use the pink box (140mg), for cats 2.8 - 5.4kg use the orange box (270mg), for cats 5.5kg - 11.2kg use the green box (560mg).
Comfortis is presented as a chewable tablet so many animals will eat the tablet off the owner's hand. In those animals which refuse to do this normal oral dosing procedure is recommended with the tablet being placed at the back of the oral cavity, the mouth closed and the throat stroked to encourage swallowing.
Comfortis should be given at the time of feeding (with food) for maximal effectiveness.
It is recommended that all animals in the household be treated with an effective flea treatment for maximal flea control to be achieved.
Comfortis contains the active ingredient Spinosad. Spinosad works by causing nerve excitation within the insect's nervous system, leading to muscle contractions, paralysis and death of the target pests.
Contraindications and warnings
There are no known contraindications for Comfortis.
However, veterinary advice should be sought before using in breeding or lactating animals or in animals with pre-existing epilepsy.
Side effects can include, but may not be limited to vomiting, depression/lethargy, anorexia, ataxia, diarrhoea, pruritis (itchy skin), trembling, hypersalivation and seizures. If vomiting occurs within 1 hour of administration, give another full dose.
If a monthly dose is missed, Comfortis should be restarted immediately and the monthly dosing schedule continued from that date.
|Dose Form||Tablet / Oral|
|Duration of Effect||4 weeks|
|Indication||Rapidly kills fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) and is indicated for the treatment, prevention and control of flea infestations and for the control of flea allergy dermatitis in dogs and cats for one month following a single administration.|
|Contraindications||Should not be administered to puppies or kittens less than 14 weeks of age. Should not be administered concurrently with high doses of macrocyclic lactones significantly in excess of those approved for heartworm prophylaxis.|
|Actions||Spinosad is the first member of the spinosyn class of insecticides and has a unique action on the insect nervous system, causing nerve excitation, leading to muscle contractions, paralysis and death in target pests.Has been demonstrated to rapidly kill fleas. In dogs, studies show that Comfortis starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes of oral administration and kills 100% within four hours. In cats, studies show that Comfortis starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes of oral administration, with greater than 90% efficacy within two hours and 100% within 24 hours.|
|Precautions||Seek veterinary advice regarding use of Comfortis in pregnant and lactating female dogs and in animals with pre-existing epilepsy. The safe use of Comfortis in breeding male dogs, or breeding, pregnant, lactating female cats, or breeding male cats has not been evaluated. Concurrent use of Comfortis with high off label doses of ivermectin for parasitic mange or demodicosis has been associated with an increased risk of developing neurological signs typically associated with ivermectin toxicity. Postapproval experience continues to support the safety of Comfortis when used in conjunction with macrocyclic lactone containing gastrointestinal worm treatments or heartworm preventatives in dogs, when used according to label directions. In dogs, Comfortis may be used in conjunction with topical tick treatments and collars used as per label directions. In cats, the safety of Comfortis in conjunction with macrocyclic lactone containing gastrointestinal worm treatments or heartworm preventatives and with topical tick treatments and collars has not been evaluated.First Aid If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 131 126.|
|Dosage and Administration||Comfortis is recommended for use in dogs and cats 14 weeks of age or older. The tablets are given orally, once a month at the recommended minimum dosage of 30 mg/kg bodyweight for dogs, and 50 mg/kg bodyweight for cats. Comfortis should be administered with food for maximum effectiveness. It is a chewable tablet and is readily consumed by dogs when offered by the owner just prior to feeding. Some cats may also accept Comfortis directly or mixed with food. Alternatively, Comfortis may be offered in food or administered orally as for other tablet medications. If vomiting occurs within an hour of administration, redose with another full dose. If a dose is missed, administer Comfortis with food and resume a monthly dosing schedule. Dogs. 2.3 to 4.5 kg bodyweight. One spinosad 140 mg tablet. 4.6 to 9 kg. One spinosad 270 mg tablet. 9.1 to 18 kg. One spinosad 560 mg tablet. 18.1 to 27 kg. One spinosad 810 mg tablet. 27.1 to 54 kg. One spinosad 1620 mg tablet. Dogs > 54 kg. Administer the appropriate combination of tablets.Cats. 1.4 to 2.7 kg bodyweight. One spinosad 140 mg tablet. 2.8 to 5.4 kg. One spinosad 270 mg tablet. 5.5 to 11.2 kg. One spinosad 560 mg tablet. Cats > 11.2 kg. Administer the appropriate combination of tablets.The dosing interval must not be decreased to less than monthly in cats.|
|Storage||Store below 25°C (air conditioning) and protect from light. Store the unused product in the original closed container. Refer to carton for batch and expiry information.|