Capstar® (nitenpyram) is an effective oral solution for combating fleas in cats and dogs. Within just half an hour of administering, it works by targeting and eliminating more than 90% of mature fleas, preventing them from reproducing and leading to an outbreak. If your furry friend is already battling a flea invasion, you can pair Capstar® with other treatments designed to tackle juvenile fleas on the animal and in their surroundings.
How Capstar Works?
A mature female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs throughout her life. These eggs eventually transform into larvae, progress to pupae, and mature into adults in less than a month. Capstar intervenes in this life cycle by eliminating adult fleas, preventing them from reproducing. However, since it doesn't target the younger stages of fleas, it might be essential to apply more doses of Capstar and combine it with other flea prevention methods to address infestations thoroughly.
Capstar Active Ingredient
The active ingredient in Capstar is Nitenpyram.
Possible Side Effects Of Capstar
After administering Capstar, it's common for cats and dogs to exhibit increased scratching. This behavior is often a result of the pet's response to the fleas rather than the medication itself and tends to be short-lived.
It's essential to note that significant side effects like seizures, discoordination, or even death are more prevalent in pets weighing under 2 pounds, those younger than eight weeks, or those in compromised health. If your pet weighs under 2 pounds, you should avoid giving Capstar® without first seeking advice from your veterinarian. Furthermore, if your pet is unwell or has any existing health issues, discussing it with your vet before administering the drug is recommended.
As per the Capstar® guidelines, potential side effects may encompass:
- Allergic reactions (such as hives, swollen face, or trouble breathing)
- NeuroExcessive drooling
- sed appetite
Side effects in cats are rare but may consist of:
- Dilated pupils
- Difficulty breathing
- Decreased appetite
- Neurologic signs (such as seizures or incoordination)
Missed a dose of Capstar?
One dose of Capstar® is typically sufficient to eliminate adult fleas on your animal. Yet, in cases of recurring flea issues, you can administer another dose of Capstar®, but no more than once daily if necessary. If you're uncertain whether your pet ingested the pill, giving another dose is safe.