Capstar Reviews: Novartis Capstar flea pill for dogs and cats

Dogs and cats are prone to fleas and these are parasitic insects that tend to feed on the blood. Fleas not only cause severe itching in dogs and cats but also transmit flea tapeworms.

They are primary cause of flea dermatitis in dogs that causes lesions as well as lead to severe hair loss especially around the tail and rump.

Fleas cause a lot of discomfort in the form of severe itching and one of the best solutions to counter the flea problem in pets in using Capstar.

What is Capstar?

Capstar is a flea medication for both cats and dogs that is being manufactured by Novartis International AG, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Capstar is a well know Flea Treatment Tablet which is used to kill fleas on dogs and cats. It starts working within 30 minutes of tablet consumption.

Capstar is very effective in killing fleas and it kills more than 90% of adult fleas within 4 hours on dogs. It also kills almost 90% fleas withing 6 hours on cats.

During this period your dog or cat may scratch as a result of the fleas dying in side their fur.

Capster Flea tablet is Suitable For:

  • Cats - 4 weeks older or above age and 2 lbs weight or greater
  • Dogs - 4 weeks older or above age and 2 lbs weight or greater​
Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats 2-25 lbs

​Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats, 6 Count, 2-25 lbs

Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats over 25 lbs

​Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats, Over 25 lbs

Capstar is being marketed under Novartis Animal Health Inc., which has been bought over by Eli Lilly ($LLY). 

Benefits of using Capstar?

  • Kills adult fleas within 30 minutes
  • Fleas will die within 4 hours for dogs and 6 hours for cats
  • Fleas will die within 4 hours for dogs and 6 hours for cats
  • Safe flea table for pregnant or nursing dogs and cats
  • It has been tested and approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comes highly recommended

What Capstar does for dogs and cats?

Capstar is a non-prescription (OTC) flea medication for both cats and dogs. This medication is available in tablet form and is considered to be extremely fast acting.

It is available in two types of packing, one for different sizes of dogs and another one for cats and another one for cats and dogs of different weight groups.

The Novartis Capstar flea tablets for dogs and cats being reviewed here are meant for dogs and cats that weigh between 2 and 25lbs.

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Some dogs and cats may show minor side effects that include lethargy, decreased appetite, hyperactivity, diarrhoea, salivation, vocalization, difficulty breathing, hives, incoordination, and pupil dilation among others.

Your pet might start scratching after feeding the capstar oral flea med as result of fleas dying.

Note:

The medication should be kept out of reach for children as it can be harmful to them

How to use Capstar?

Capstar tablets should always be administered according to the following recommended schedule:

Pet

Weight

Nitenpyram

Dosage

Dog/Puppies or Cat/Kittens

2 to 25lbs

11.4 mg

1 tablet

Dog/Puppies or Cat/Kittens

Over 25 lbs

57.0 mg

1-2 Tablets

Note: It is important to weigh your pet prior to starting Capstar administration as this will enable proper dosage. It is also advised not to administer the same to dogs or cats weighing under 2 pounds.

Capstar has to be administered orally. You need to place the tablet directly in your dog or cat's mouth. Alternatively, you can also hide it in their food and ensure that they swallow the tablet with their food.

Capstar Pros and Cons:

Since, Capstar/Nitenpyram is an insecticide, it has its pros and cons as well. Let’s take a quick look at them.

Things we liked

  • According to FDA research, it can start killing fleas within 30 minutes to 6 hours of initial treatment, which is quite rapid
  • It is a safe tablet for consumption by pets and has rarely any side effects. It doesn’t affect humans administering the tablet.
  • It is an OTC or over the counter product and hence, no prescription is required.It is safe for nursing or pregnant cats and dogs.
  • CAPSTAR tablets are indicated for fleas treatment on cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies, that are at least 4 weeks of age or older and have a minimum body weight of 2 pounds.

Things we didn't Like

  • Can be quite difficult to administer as cats and dogs might not be willing to swallow it.
  • Doesn’t kill flea eggs or larvae

Capstar Vs Capguard

There are several different products available in the market that promises to be highly effective in killing fleas and help your pet to lead a “flea free” life. Capgaurd is another such product that is available out there.

Let’s look at a head-to-head comparison of the two products

Capstar

CapGuard

Brand

Novartis

Sentry

Type

OTC (Over the Counter)

OTC (Over the Counter)

Ingredient

Nitenpyram

Nitenpyram

Effectiveness

98% effectiveness against adult fleas on cats within 6 hours and dogs within 4 hours

90% effectiveness against adult fleas on cats within 6 hours and dogs within 4 hours

Features

Starts killing fleas within 30 minutes

Starts killing fleas within 30 minutes

Our Rating

Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats 2-25 lbs
Cap Guard Oral Flea tablet

Final Verdict on Capstar

Overall, Capstar is one of the best flea medicine for dogs and cats which takes only 30 minutes to start working actively in getting rid of fleas on dogs and cats.

It is much cheaper medicine when compared to flea drops and other flea medicines for dogs.

One of the things you wouldn’t want to be a witness to is your dog or cat spending their life scratching.

Scratching is caused by fleas and they can be quite the irritant and can even lead to hair loss. What you need is a medication for your pet that will be highly effective.

This is where Capstar can provide the best solution as it works fast and can provide long-term flea protection.

Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats 2-25 lbs

​Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats, 6 Count, 2-25 lbs

Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats over 25 lbs

​Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats, Over 25 lbs

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