Pros: Easy to administer; it WORKS!
Cons: Expensive; each dose only good for 24 hours; not available at vets.
As I mentioned in another review I wrote here in epinions, we have been waging a huge battle with fleas this summer. This is a new experience for us as neither our dog or two cats have ever had them. I have always put preventative treatment on them, the topical kind, but they got fleas anyway
really, really bad.
None of the topical treatments have worked on fleas this year, and I think Ive tried every single one on the market! We even had to have our home exterminated it got so bad. But having your home treated doesnt do much good when the animals still have live fleas on them because the medicine isnt killing them. Ive talked to numerous vets in our area too and one of them even initiated a heated debate with me because she swore that the medicine she sold me works (K9 Advantix). I can assure you it does NOT work.
Finally the last veterinarian I talked to told me about two oral medications that you can safely give to both cats and dogs. I had never heard of either of them before and at this point Im willing to try about anything. She told me these are the BEST way to kill fleas and break their lifecycle. I asked her why she nor any of the other vets I talked to sell these products in their offices. Her reply to me, Because we make more money off the other stuff. So there you have it---as usual its all about the money. Oh and by the way, you can't buy this stuff at vet's offices...you have to either order it online or purchase it at your local farm store, like Big R or Farm & Fleet.
Anyway, I am telling you that Capstar really works GREAT! You have to give it to your pets with a full meal. Since all three of our pets eat only dry food, I decided to let them think theyre getting a real treat so I crushed the oral Capstar tablet and mixed it in with generic Spam. They went nuts over it. LOL I was careful to give each animal their med separately, so as not to overdose any of them.
The package says the Capstar begins to kill fleas within 30 minutes. It didnt work that fast on my animals. After one hour our cats still had live fleas on them. But by this morning let me tell you .there are dead fleas all over this house! Ive been vacuuming like a maniac. LOL
Capstar only kills live fleas on your pet for a 24 hour period (it does nothing to the eggs). So it might be necessary to administer the med more often at first. Plus, in order to stop the life cycle of the fleas you have to use another oral medication called Program, which renders the flea eggs useless. I will be giving a review of that one too, in the very near future.
Here's some info from the Capstar package:
"A single dose of Capstar tablets should kill the adult fleas on your pet. If your pet gets re-infested with fleas, you can safely give another dose as often as once per day."
"Capstar is safe for use in dogs, puppies, cats and kitten 4 weeks of age and older and two pounds of body weight or greater. It is also safe for use in pregnant or breeding dogs and cats....."
The active ingredient in in Capstar is called "nitenpyram."
This product really works!