I was looking for a product to kill fleas that were already on my dog, not a preventive flea medication. My JoJo has very long hair, and those flea treatments that come in the tube, that you squeeze and run down their back simply does not work for us. Because of his long hair, most of the medicine gets in his hair and not on his skin, and it is also hard to apply. My little Chiweenie loves to play with JoJo and I was also afraid she may get the medication in her mouth, she is like a child and puts everything in her mouth.
I looked online at various pet supply stores such as PetMeds, Petsmart, etc., but most of the medications were for multiple things that I did not need to treat the dog for, or, they were outrageous in price. Finally, after doing some intense searching, I found a treatment called a+Capstar. The active ingredient in a+Capstar is a+Nitenpyram. It comes in table form and is given orally. The medicine is used to treat flea infestation and to kill adult fleas that are already on the dog. It works by interfering with normal nerve transmission and causes death to the fleas. The product claims to have rapid treatment of fleas, and is said to cause anxious scratching after about thirty to forty minutes of being administered.
I ordered the Capstar, and it was very reasonable. Six tablets come in a pack and I paid around $30 for it, including shipping. Tablets are safe enough to be given as close as one day apart. I received the tablets and I gave one to my little JoJo. Of course I had to disquise it in a piece of ham. We now have a nickname for the medicine, when I see him scratching I ask him if he is ready for some “Flea Ham”. I wrapped the tablet in the ham and JoJo quickly ate it, not noticing a thing. I kept a close watch on him and sure enough, after about thirty minutes of swallowing, he went into a scratching frenzy. It was almost funny to watch, and fleas just started falling off of him like crazy. He was beside himself, he likes to kill the fleas himself and he kept scratching and chasing, scratching and chasing. I would like to add that we were outdoors on the patio, just FYI.
JoJo did not have any side effects other than the scratching and the poor dog was finally able to get some rest after the fleas subsided. He was so happy that his fleas were gone, and so was I! Now I ask him “JoJo, you want some Flea Ham?” and he wags his tail and comes running.
We had a flea problem in the yard of the house we had just moved into, and of course the fleas had a field day with my long-haired dog. We treated the yard and treated JoJo and had a successful de-fleaing or our new home. For anyone that is looking for a cheap, but effective way of ridding adult, active, fleas from your dog, I would recommend the a+Capstar, it was very effective and caused no negative side-effects.