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How long does Capstar work? You just give it when you see a flea? Re: Frontline and Advantage, which is better and kills more things? Thanks!

Our Vet Says:

Capstar tablets for flea treatment are given on the day you spot fleas on your pet. They kill 95% of fleas in the first 6 hours and the remaining in up to 24 hours. They can be given as often as everyday but there is no point in doing that if there is no need to. Fleas from your pet are killed but it has no effect on immature stages of fleas (for which you can use Program) and the adult ones found in the environment, so different products need to be used if you want to control these aspects as well. So once your pet is treated, if the environment around is flea free it will take around 7-10 day for a new generation of fleas to develop. But as the environment is full with different stages of fleas you have to check your pet regularly and administer Capstar on the day you see fleas on it.
  1. Spot on products:
Frontline Plus comes in pipettes containing spot on solution containing fipronil and (S)-methoprene. It is effective against:
* Elimination of fleas (Ctenocephalides spp.) and insecticidal efficacy against new infestations with adult fleas persists for up to four weeks.
* Prevention of the multiplication of fleas by inhibiting the development of eggs , larvae and pupae originating from eggs laid by adult fleas due to the presence of S-methoprene an insect growth regulator.
*  Elimination of ticks. The product has a persistent acaricidal efficacy for up to 2 weeks against ticks.
*  Elimination of biting lice (Felicola subrostratus).
Advantage for cats has two products: one for cats under 4 kg and one for cats from 4 to 8 kg. The difference between them is the amount of solution in each pipette. The solution contains imidacloprid.
*Prevention and treatment of flea infestations on cats. Fleas are killed within one day following treatment. One treatment prevents further flea infestation for  three to four weeks on cats. The product can be used as part of a treatment strategy for flea allergy.
Advantage Multi spot-on solution for cats and ferrets is a clear solution containing 10 % imidacloprid and 1.0 % moxidectin.
It is used for:
*For the treatment and prevention of flea infestation (Ctenocephalides felis),
 *Treatment of ear mite infestation (Otodectes cynotis) and
*prevention of heartworm disease (L3 and L4 larvae of Dirofilaria immitis).
K9 Advantix  is clear yellowish to brownish, non-aqueous solution containing imidacloprid and permethrin. It is for spot on administration. Is only for dogs! And it is poisonous for cats.
It is used for:
* For the treatment and prevention of flea (Ctenocephalides canis, Ctenocephalides felis)
* Its acaricidal and repellent efficacy against tick infestations (Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Ixodes ricinus for four weeks, and Dermacentor reticulatus for three weeks).
* Treatment against sand flies (Phlebotomus papatasi for two weeks and Phlebotomus perniciosus for three weeks), against mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti for two weeks and Culex pipiens for four weeks) and against stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) for four weeks.
Allow 4 weeks between applications, which is the time interval between spot on treatment whatever product you are using. Make sure you have the right product according to your pets body weight. Always read the information enclosed with the product and follow manufacturers instructions for use.
To make it short: capstar kills only the fleas on your pet at the moment of treatment when spot on products kill and prevent all fleas for up to 4 weeks because they have permanence.




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