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Question from Kathryn Jetty


Mixed, age 2

How long do ’Capstar’ tablets last? 30 days? I am debating between Frontline and Capstar. I am considering Capstar because I have a toddler, and I am afraid that he will rub the cats neck and get some of the Frontline on his hands.
Our Vet Says:

Capstar tablets are very good flea killers, they kill 98% of fleas after the treatment but their action time is only 24 hours. This means they are effective for only a short time after administration and they kill the fleas found on the pet at that moment in time. Capstar does not have permanence and this is why on the instructions you will find: Administer on any day when fleas are seen on the animal. No more than one treatment should be given per day..
Effects on fleas may be seen as soon as 15 minutes after administration. Between 95% and 100% efficacy is observed within the first 6 hours and 100% efficacy is reached within 24 hours.
To help prevent re-infestation, the additional use of a suitable treatment to control immature stages of the flea life cycle in the environment is recommended. If in doubt consult your veterinary surgeon.
No adverse drug reactions were seen when nitenpyram was administered with other products commonly used in small animal veterinary practice including commonly used flea products, vaccines or antibiotics.
If you want to use Frontline or any other spot on treatment, you need to be careful that the cat does not interact with your child for the at least 2 days. The high risk time is until the application spot is dry.
This product can cause mucous membrane, skin and eye irritation. Therefore, contact of the product with mouth, skin and eyes should be avoided. After accidental ocular exposure the eye should be rinsed carefully with pure water.
Avoid contents coming into contact with the fingers. If this occurs, wash hands with soap and water.
Treated animals should not be handled until the application site is dry, and children should not be allowed to play with treated animals until the application site is dry. It is therefore recommended that animals are not treated during the day, but should be treated during the early evening, and that recently treated animals are not allowed to sleep with owners, especially children.


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