So my kitty has been showing signs of fleas lately so I gave her a flea bath. It helped some but didn't really get all the fleas. Unfortunately every rescue animal we bring home brings lots of fleas with them!!
Anyway, I gave her capstar about 20 minutes ago. She has been going absolutely crazy for the last 5 minutes. She is biting and itching everywhere.
So my question, does every flea get in a last bite before it dies? Does it die biting??? Poor Lacey!!
I got that for my dogs when they got fleas from the cat. It's cheap. I don't think it worked at all. They still had fleas. I ended up paying the extra $$ for Advantage since the pet store was out of Frontline.
The capstar is not intended to work long term, just intended to kill adult fleas on the animal at the time you give them a pill. It does work very well. We had kittens come in covered with fleas. We gave them each a capstar, left for lunch, then came back and there were dead fleas all over the bottom of the box. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but I think the fleas pretty much go crazy which would explain the itching. I would not compare it to Advantage or Frontline because usually you DO need to use one or the other after giving the capstar. The capstar is just a safer alternative to spaying the animal with a flea spray or dipping the animal in a toxic dip. (dips and sprays usually don't have very long term effects in flea prevention). Its intention is not to prevent fleas, but to kill an infestation.
Another note: if there are other fleas in the environment, the capstar stops working after 24 hours so its important that you give the capstar and apply the frontline or advantage at the same time. That way the capstar starts killing the fleas while you're waiting for the frontline or advantage to kick in. It is very safe to give together, capstar is safe for kittens and puppies over 2 lbs. and safe for pregnant or nusing mothers.
***Edited By: gingerspice on 11/1/2005 12:03:59 AM*** Reason: edit.
thanks ginger, you explained it better than I could.
I know that it works and have seen the same results (dead fleas everywhere after 1/2 hour)
I rescued some very sick beagle mix girls from the local shelter. I knew they needed medical treatment so I chose them. They were a lot sicker than I thought. Between fleas and worms, they had NO color left in their gums or tongue. My vet was not sure she could save them but said that the first thing she needs to do is kill all the fleas. She gave them capstar and then a blood transfusion. There had to have been more than 200 fleas dead on the white blanket within 30 minutes.
PS the girls both made it. Both got adopted to great homes and one was just spayed this week. I saw her the next day and she was already back to her bouncy self!
Desert rose-I'm so glad the puppies made it! I've seen some in just about as bad a condition as you were talking about. It's heart breaking. I think capstar has been a blessing especially for those who are so ridden with fleas that they are already anemic. Its definitely the fastest, safest way to kill the fleas. Sounds like those were some very lucky puppies!! :)