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Advantage II
Capstar Flea Treatment Tablets
Frontline Gold
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas X mark X mark X mark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae checkmark X mark checkmark
Kills Ticks X mark X mark checkmark
Repels Ticks X mark X mark X mark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes X mark X mark X mark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information Treats, Prevents, and Controls Lice Infestations X mark Eliminates infestations with chewing lice
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) checkmark Not Applicable checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian checkmark checkmark
How long does it take to work Kills fleas in 12 hours Kills fleas in 30 minutes. Starts killing fleas in 30 minutes
Taste Applied to Skin Unflavored Tablet Applied to skin
Active Ingredient(s) Imidacloprid/Pyriproxyfen Nitenpyram Fipronil, S-methoprene, Pyriproxyfen
RX Required X mark X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage Advantage II Usage Capstar Flea Treatment Tablets Usage Frontline Gold Usage
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Vet Review The non-greasy, non-odor formulation is a definite plus when used on sensitive patients, especially cats. I find that advantage kills fleas and larvae more quickly than some of the other products out there,  often resulting in quicker relief of flea allergy dermatitis symptoms in dogs and cats. Overall I have found it quite safe and have seen the fewest topical or rare systemic reactions in my practice over the years.  The main disadvantage I have found is that in heavy flea infestations that the efficacy may wear off in less than one month, necessitating some vets to recommend more frequent off label use of this product every few weeks.  It also does not control ticks as well on dogs and cats.  I find that advantage works most effectively when combined with good environmental flea control at home. This is a wonderful quick kill short duration flea adulticide that begins killing adult fleas within 30 minutes. It does not leave pesticide residue on the pet or in the home, and when combined with its sister product Program, offers an excellent non-pesticidal alternative for all around flea control to topical pesticides that some clients are concerned about. I have rarely seen any side effects in my clinical experience in using this product. I have used it up to once daily in flea infested animals, but more commonly I use it once or twice weekly during flea transmission season along with the once monthly Program product. Another wonderful advantage of this product is its safety in administering it to pregnant or nursing dogs, who can often be a big source of fleas to their nursing puppies or kittens. The biggest disadvantage to this product is that it only kills adult fleas, but this problem is easily circumvented by combining it with the Program product. As most exterminators will tell you, the battle with external parasites and pests is an always evolving battle, as over time, parasites will develop partial resistance to products that had once worked almost perfectly in the past. This has been my experience with some of the older flea/tick formulations and has been reported by my veterinary colleagues and clients alike on occasion. While the older products are mostly still effective, companies are always researching new formulations to stay one step ahead of the development of resistance in the parasites. One of the latest formulations, Frontline Gold takes advantage of newer technologies and now has added an additional insect growth regulator, Pyriproxyfen, to its original formulation, to help enhance the efficacy of the Frontline plus product. The Frontline product is thus able to kill the next generation of flea larvae and eggs even more effectively by breaking the life cycle of the flea. The likelihood of flea immune resistance to this new triple action formula is thus significantly reduced. Given the increasing global warming seen in recent years, the expanding and increasing flea populations in heavily infested areas, however, do require a truly holistic approach by the animal guardian in treating the home, environment and yard for optimal flea control, as it is important to keep in mind that much of the flea life cycle still occurs in the home. While many clients find the more easily applied, self-puncturing tube dispensing method(often only requiring the use of one hand) to the old product, other clients find it difficult to see if all of the product has been dispensed from the colored tube. This new product, however, is quite effective, with only rare topical irritation at the site of the application an only rare complication. With that being said, I give this product an overall rating of a 5, with an ease of application of 4.
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