Drug Information for Capstar (Novartis Animal Health US, Inc.): Flea Infestations on Dogs

  • In addition to the common nuisance irritations associated with infestations, fleas can be responsible for skin conditions in the dog such as flea allergy dermatitis. Fleas also transmit other parasites, including tapeworms. The control of flea infestations is important to the pet’s health and reduces the problems associated with these parasites.

    PROGRAM Flavor Tabs break the flea life cycle by inhibiting egg development. CAPSTAR Tablets kill adult fleas on the dog. The concurrent use of these two products provides an effective flea management system.

    The following diagram illustrates the flea’s life cycle and where the combination of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs and CAPSTAR Tablets work:

    A single female flea may produce up to 2,000 eggs over her lifetime. Eggs hatch and can develop into adults within only three weeks. Adult female fleas feed by ingesting blood from the pet and subsequently lay eggs, which drop off the pet’s coat. Within days, larvae hatch from the eggs and live undetected in the pet’s surroundings, such as the carpet and bedding. Flea larvae spin a cocoon, and, when appropriately stimulated, a young adult flea emerges and jumps onto the pet to continue the life cycle.

    After reading this insert, if you have any questions about the concurrent use of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs and CAPSTAR Tablets in your dogs, please call Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. Veterinary Product Support at 1(800)-332-2761.

  • Drug Information Provided by National Library of Medicine (NLM).