Credelio for Cats, a highly effective oral medication designed to protect your feline companion from fleas and ticks. Credelio is specifically formulated to provide fast-acting and long-lasting flea and tick control, ensuring your cat stays healthy and free from these troublesome parasites.
The active ingredient in Credelio is lotilaner, which belongs to the class of drugs known as isoxazolines. Typically, Credelio can be used on kittens as young as 8 weeks old and weighing at least 2 pounds. However, it is crucial to follow the guidance of your veterinarian regarding the proper age and weight requirements for administering Credelio to your cat.
Credelio for Cats Key Benefits
Easy Administration: Credelio comes in a chewable tablet form with a palatable flavor, making it easier to administer to cats. Simply give the tablet to your cat orally, either by placing it directly in their mouth or mixing it with their food.
Fast-Acting Relief: Credelio starts working within just a few hours after administration, providing rapid relief from existing flea and tick infestations. This helps alleviate your cat’s discomfort and prevents further infestation.
Long-Lasting Protection: Credelio provides month-long protection, meaning you only need to administer it once a month. This ensures continuous defense against fleas and ticks, reducing the risk of reinfestation.
Comprehensive Coverage: Credelio effectively targets adult fleas and various tick species, including black-legged ticks, American dog ticks, and Gulf Coast ticks. By eliminating these parasites, Credelio helps prevent the transmission of diseases commonly associated with them.
Administering Credelio Cat
Choose the correct Credelio dosage: Credelio for Cats comes in different dosages based on the weight of your cat. Make sure you have the correct dosage strength that matches your cat’s weight.
Prepare the medication: Open the Credelio package and remove the tablet. It may be helpful to have treats or your cat’s favorite food on hand to encourage cooperation.
Administer the tablet: You have a few options for administering the tablet:
- Directly into the mouth: Gently hold your cat’s head and insert the tablet as far back in the mouth as possible. Close the mouth and hold it gently until you are sure the tablet has been swallowed.
- Mix with food: If your cat is not comfortable with taking tablets directly, you can crush the tablet and mix it with a small amount of wet food or a treat. Make sure your cat eats the entire mixture to ensure they receive the full dose.
Monitor your cat: After administering Credelio, keep an eye on your cat for any immediate reactions or side effects. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Repeat as directed: Credelio typically provides month-long protection, so you’ll need to administer it monthly or as directed by your veterinarian. Make sure to follow the recommended schedule to maintain consistent flea and tick prevention for your cat.
Credelio for Cat Dosing Table
|2.0 – 4.0 lbs
|4.1 – 17.0 lbs
|Greater than 17.0 lbs
|Administer the appropriate combination of tablets based on weight, as advised by your veterinarian
Lotilaner belongs to the isoxazoline class of drugs. This class has been associated with neurologic adverse reactions, such as tremors, incoordination, and seizures. Even cats without a history of neurologic disorders have experienced these reactions when receiving isoxazoline class drugs. Therefore, it is important to exercise caution when using Credelio for Cats in cats with a history of neurologic disorders.
The safety of Credelio for Cats has not been established in breeding, pregnant, and lactating cats. It is recommended to consult with your veterinarian before administering Credelio to cats in these conditions.
The effectiveness of Credelio for Cats against black-legged ticks in kittens less than 6 months of age has not been evaluated. Additional precautions may be necessary when using this medication for very young kittens.
Weight loss, rapid breathing, and vomiting are among the most frequently reported adverse reactions associated with Credelio for Cats. If you have any concerns or questions about the safety of Credelio, please refer to the product label or consult your veterinarian for complete safety information.
Frequently asked questions about Credelio Cat
How does Credelio work?
Credelio works by interfering with the nervous system of fleas and ticks, leading to their paralysis and death. It starts killing fleas within 4 hours and ticks within 8 hours after administration.
How often should I give my Credelio for Cats?
To ensure year-round protection against fleas, administer Credelio Cat once a month to cats and kittens that are 8 weeks of age or older and weigh 2.0 lbs or more. This monthly administration is recommended to maintain effective flea control.
What are the side effects of Credelio in cats?
The use of Credelio Cat has been associated with certain reported side effects, including anorexia, elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN), increased thirst, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your cat experiences any of these symptoms, it is important to notify your veterinarian. Caution should be exercised when using Credelio Cat in cats with a history of seizures. Please be aware that other side effects may also occur.
Is Credelio Cat FDA approved?
Elanco Animal Health is pleased to announce that Credelio (lotilaner) has received FDA approval for the treatment and prevention of ticks and fleas in pets. This approval highlights Credelio’s effectiveness in keeping pets protected from these common parasites.
How should I store Credelio?
Credelio should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion.
Can Credelio for Cats tablets be split?
For optimal dosing accuracy and safety, the manufacturer does not recommend splitting Credelio Cat tablets. These tablets are not scored for splitting, and there are multiple dosage options available to accommodate different pet weights.
Does Credelio Cat have to be given with food?
To ensure maximum efficacy, it is important to administer Credelio Cat with a meal or within 30 minutes of feeding. This timing helps optimize the absorption and effectiveness of the medication. Make sure to follow this guideline for the best results when giving Credelio Cat to your cat.