Administration

How should I give Comfortis® (spinosad) to my pet?

Administer Comfortis with food for maximum effectiveness. Because Comfortis is a flavored tablet, it can be offered just prior to or just after feeding. You can also administer Comfortis as you would other tablet medications.

Visit the Dosing & Administration page for more details, or download the Comfortis label.

Each box includes reminder stickers for your calendar to help remind you to administer each dose. You can also sign up for monthly text or email reminders.

How much food do I have to give my pet when administering the Comfortis tablet?

In field trials, dog and cat owners were instructed to give the Comfortis tablet with food. However, the quantity of food was not specified and Comfortis was still effective.

An option is to give Comfortis immediately before a regularly scheduled meal. For free feeders (dogs or cats who nibble throughout the day), you might take food away at night, administer Comfortis first thing in the morning, then put the food back down.

What if I miss a dose of Comfortis?

Give your pet his or her regular dose immediately, then resume a regular monthly schedule. To help you remember to dose your pet, sign up for monthly email or text messaging reminders. For complete safety information, view the Comfortis label.

What if I give more than the prescribed amount of Comfortis to my pet?

Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has ingested more than the recommended dose of Comfortis. Visit the Dosing & Administration page for more details, or see the Comfortis label for complete safety information.

Should I restrict my pet's activity or contact with my pet after the tablet is consumed?

No. You can continue normal activities and interactions with your pet.

Can other medications be given while my pet is taking Comfortis?

Comfortis is not contraindicated for use with any veterinary drug/product when they are administered at labeled doses. However, while labeled heartworm preventatives are not an issue, you should not use Comfortis concurrently with extra-label doses of ivermectin in dogs and should use caution in cats. Make sure your veterinarian is aware of all products that you intend to administer to your pet. In well-controlled field studies, Comfortis chewable tablets were administered safely in conjunction with other frequently used labeled products, such as vaccines, anthelmintics, antiparasitics, antibiotics, steroids, tick control products, anesthetics, NSAIDs, antihistamines, alternative/herbal remedies, shampoos, prescription diets, and most generally prescribed medications.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian regarding Comfortis for my dog or cat?

Your veterinarian is your pet's health care expert and can make the best medication recommendations. This includes the prevention, control and/or treatment of parasites such as fleas, heartworms and intestinal parasites. These parasites can cause conditions including flea allergy dermatitis, anemia and heart disease. Key points of your discussion might include:

  • The best time to start flea treatment in your geographic region.
  • What administration method will work best for your pet.
  • What to do if you miss a dose of Comfortis.
  • What other medications you give your pet.
  • What to do about a severe flea infestation.
  • What steps you can take to prevent a flea re-infestation in your home.

Print the Comfortis client information sheet for dogs.

Print the Comfortis client information sheet for cats.