Is Frontline Plus at Walmart the same thing that the veterinarian gives me?

Many people buy pet supplies and medicines at the veterinarian, but wonder if a product like Frontline Plus at Walmart is the same exact thing the vet will sell them.

First and foremost, they want to make sure that their cat or dog gets the best medicine so that their beloved family member doesn’t endure unnecessary pain and discomfort. Secondarily, and almost just as importantly, pet owners want to save money whenever possible.  Generally speaking, veterinarian offices and animal care clinics markup pet medicines and supplies a fairly decent amount and odds are you can get a better deal purchasing your products online at Amazon, Walmart, etc.

Rest assured, the product offered by your veterinarian is the same formula of Frontline Plus at  Walmart or any other reputable retailer. If you ever have any doubts, just look at the active ingredients.  Frontline Plus for dogs contains 9.8% fipronil and 8.8%  (S)-methoprene.  Frontline Plus for cats contains the same active ingredients, but vary in the percentage of each ingredient used.  The formula for cats contains 11.8% (S)-methoprene and the same percentage of fipronil. Please see our blog post explaining how Frontline works for more information.

While this is a common question you have to consider the massive potential for negative reaction by the public if they thought they were being sold a “different” product under the same label at Walmart or other retailers.  It just isn’t worth the hassle.

I do not mean to disparage all veterinarians nor do I wish to suggest that all of them are trying to separate you from your hard-earned dollars.  But, you should also understand that Merial, the manufacturer of Frontline Plus, and other companies will work to aggressively support and protect their veterinarian distribution channel.  You may often see Frontline Plus coupons stating that if you buy 6 doses from your veterinarian you will get two free doses.  By encouraging customers to get their product from their local veterinarian they are hoping and expecting that local veterinarians will continue to recommend their product to their clients.