How to Use Capstar

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Capstar not only gets rid of fleas on your dog or cat, it can also provide some cheap entertainment. Within half an hour after administration, you can literally see fleas jumping off your pet.

About Capstar

Capstar contains nitenpyram, a drug that kills adult fleas by interfering with the insect's central nervous system. While it's a quick and easy way to rid your pet of fleas, it doesn't keep them off long term. For that, you'll need another type of flea preventive. Because it's safe to use on dogs and cats, you can give your pet a pill as often as once a day. Capstar is available over the counter.

Tip

  • For effective flea control, treat every cat and dog in your household, even if they don't appear to have fleas.

Dosage and Administration

  • Size: Capstar is available in pill form and the dosage is based on a pet's weight. One size is used for cats and small dogs, while the other size is for medium and large canines. If you're not sure which size is appropriate for your pet, weigh him before purchasing the product. 
  • Administration: You can give the pill directly to your pet or mix it in his food. Capstar is safe to use with other flea and tick products, as well as other medications your pet may receive. According to the manufacturer, Novartis Animal Health, Capstar is safe to use if your pet receives a dewormer, vaccine, antibiotics, corticosteroids and heartworm preventive. If your pet takes any other type of medication, contact your veterinarian to make sure using Capstar isn't an issue. 

Warning

  • Although a relatively safe drug, Capstar should not be used on puppies or kittens under the age of 4 weeks or weighing less than 2 pounds. You can use Capstar on pregnant or lactating dogs and cats.

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