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Question from Orania Hamilton

i have my dog 6 months , she does not have flees. Is there a capsol i can give here each month by mouth to prevent flees instad of a topical???

Our Vet Says:

You can administer Comfortis. This is available as a tablet and is required to be administered every month. However this is a prescription medicine. Another very effective way to prevent fleas and heartworms is to administer Program Plus and Capstar. See below some information about these products:
PROGRAM PLUS
PROGRAM PLUS tablets are indicated for the prevention of fleas (Ct. felis, Ct. canis, preadult stages), and for the concurrent prevention of heartworm disease (elimination of 3rd and 4th larval stages of Dirofilaria immitis) and/or treatment of adult stages of gastrointestinal nematodes such as hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum), roundworms (Toxocara canis) and whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) in dogs.
Dosage and administration
PROGRAM PLUS tablets are administered at a minimum dose of 0.5 mg milbemycin oxime and 10 mg lufenuron per kg body weight.
PROGRAM PLUS tablets should be administered in the following situations:
Puppies
To prevent flea infestations with concurrent heartworm prevention and/or gastrointestinal nematode infection medication should start from 2 weeks of age, or from a minimum weight of 1 kg.
Dogs in a non-heartworm region
PROGRAM PLUS can be used as part of the seasonal prevention of fleas replacing lufenuron mono (PROGRAM tablets) in cases with diagnosed concurrent gastrointestinal nematode infection. After elimination of the nematode infection confirmed by faecal examination, prevention of fleas should continue with PROGRAM tablets if indicated.
In puppies, medication with PROGRAM PLUS is recommended up to one month after weaning. Thereafter, prevention of fleas can be continued with lufenuron mono (PROGRAM).
Dogs travelling to a heartworm region
To prevent flea infestations and heartworm disease at the same time, dogs travelling to a heartworm risk region should begin medication within one month after arrival. Treatment should continue monthly, with the last administration given after the dog has left the region.
Dogs in a heartworm region
Dogs in a heartworm region:To prevent flea infestations and heartworm disease at the same time, medication should begin within one month after the appearance of mosquitoes, or one month before the appearance of fleas, and continue throughout the risk period with the last dose given within one month after the mosquito and flea season finishes.

CAPSTAR
Capstar is indicated for the treatment of fleas on dogs and cats.
Dosage and administration
Capstar tablets are administered orally at a minimum recommended dose of 1mg/2.2lbs.
Capstar tablets should be given orally, either directly into the mouth or mixed into a small portion of food and given immediately. Administer on any day when fleas are seen on the animal. No more than one treatment should be given per day.
Contra-indications
None.
Special precautions for use
Do not use on animals less than 4 weeks old or weighing less than 2.2lbs
Further information
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.
Nitenpyram is neither embryotoxic nor teratogenic. It can be given to animals at all stages of pregnancy or lactation
If you don’t have a big infestation of fleas and administer Program Plus every month then you can administer Capstar as and when you see fleas on your pets. This will insure that your dog is protected against fleas as well as heartworm




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