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Bravecto vs Capstar

Tired of your dog or cat scratching because of fleas? You're not alone. Millions of pet owners across the world use oral flea medication to help kill and prevent flea infestations. Two popular choices are Bravecto Chewable and Capstar Flea Tablets. The table and additional information below will help you make an informed decision on which product is best for your furry friend.

What are the differences between Bravecto and Capstar

Capstar is a fast-acting medication that you administer daily to treat existing flea infestations. Bravecto is a quarterly flea treatment option that not only kills fleas but also prevents infestations by killing eggs and larvae. Capstar is great for tackling a current flea problem but doesn't protect against future issues unless you administer daily. One benefit to Capstar is that you can administer to dogs and cats at least 4 weeks old whereas with Bravecto you have to wait until your dog is at least 6 months old.

Bravecto uses Fluralaner and begins to kill fleas in as little as 2 hours. Bravecto kills many types of ticks including the lone star tick for 8 weeks. Captar's active ingredient Nitenpyram begin's to kill fleas in 30 minutes.

Both products are safe for cats and dogs when following directions to treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Both are safe for use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. With each product, ensure you select the right option for your pet according to size.

Bravecto will require a prescription from your veterinarian before it can be purchased whereas Capstar can be ordered without a prescription. Consult your vet if you have any questions related to side effects, precautions, or special care for your cat or dog.

Final Thoughts on Bravecto vs Capstar

Capstar is great for killing existing fleas. However, to use as a year long treatment would be significantly more expensive than Bravecto. Bravecto provides 3 months of protection against fleas and ticks.

If you still have questions on which oral flea and tick treatment is best for your furry friend, our pharmacists are standing by to offer pet parent consulting.

Feature Bravecto Capstar
Kills Fleas Yes Yes
Repels Fleas No No
Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae Yes No
Kills Ticks Yes No
Repels Ticks No No
Repels Mosquitoes No No
Prevents Heartworm No Yes
Protects Against Other Parasites No No
Waterproof Yes - taken orally Yes - taken orally
How Long to Work 2 hours to kill fleas and 12 hours to kill ticks Works within 30 minutes & kills 90% of fleas in 4 hours
Taste Tasty flavor No flavor
Active Ingredient Fluralaner Nitenpyram
RX Required Yes No
Application Type Chewable Tablet Chewable Tablet
Dosing 1 tablet lasts up to 12 weeks Safe for as often as once per day as needed
Age Dogs ages 6 months and up Dogs 4 weeks and older that weigh at least 2 pounds
Manufacturer Merck Animal Health Elanco
Safety Breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs may use Breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs may use