Common brand names
- Credelio Chewables for Dogs and Cats
Uses of Lotilaner
Lotilaner is a veterinary medication used to prevent and control flea and tick infestations in dogs and cats. It is available in the form of chewable tablets and is administered orally every month. Lotilaner works by binding to a specific receptor in the nervous system of fleas and ticks, resulting in paralysis and death. It is a fast-acting and long-lasting medication that is highly effective in preventing and controlling flea and tick infestations in pets.
Method of application
Lotilaner comes in oral application and is supplied as a chewable tablet.
Dosage and administration
The dosage and administration of Lotilaner will depend on the weight of the pet and the severity of the flea and tick infestation. The tablets are available in different strengths, and the appropriate strength should be selected based on the pet's weight.
It's important to follow the instructions provided by the veterinarian or on the product label when administering Lotilaner to a pet. In general, Lotilaner is given once a month, on the same day, to maintain continuous protection against fleas and ticks. Lotilaner begins working within hours of giving, and it's important to give the appropriate dosage according to the pet's weight.
It's always best to consult a veterinarian before using Lotilaner to ensure that the pet is healthy and to discuss the best dosage and administration method for the specific case.
The pet should be weighed, and the correct dosage should be given. The tablet can be given directly to the pet or mixed with a small amount of food. After administration, the pet should be observed to ensure that the entire dose has been consumed. The dose should be repeated if the pet vomits within two hours of administration.
Possible side effects
Like with all medications, Lotilaner may cause side effects in some pets. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal in nature, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. However, these side effects are usually mild and short-lived.
Some pets may also experience skin reactions at the application site, such as itching or redness. These reactions are usually mild and resolve independently within a few days.
In rare cases, pets may experience more severe side effects, such as seizures, muscle tremors, or difficulty breathing. These side effects are considered very rare, and pets that experience them should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.
Not all pets will experience side effects, and the benefits of using Lotilaner to prevent and control flea and tick infestations often outweigh the potential risks.
If you notice any unusual symptoms or side effects in your pet after administering Lotilaner, you should contact your veterinarian immediately to determine the best course of action.
Certain precautions should be taken when using Lotilaner to prevent and control flea and tick infestations in pets. Some of these precautions include:
- Consultation with a veterinarian: It is important to consult with a veterinarian before using Lotilaner, particularly if the pet has any pre-existing health conditions or is taking any other medications.
- Age and pregnancy: Lotilaner should not be used in animals under the age of 8 weeks, pregnant or lactating.
- Weight: Lotilaner is available in different strengths, and the appropriate strength should be selected based on the pet's weight. It is important to weigh the pet accurately and use the correct dosage based on weight.
- Other treatments: Lotilaner should not be used in conjunction with other flea and tick treatments, such as spot-on treatments or sprays.
- Environmental control: Lotilaner is an effective flea and ticks preventative, but it is not a substitute for environmental control, such as keeping the pet's living area clean and free of debris, vacuuming frequently, and using flea and tick control products on the pet's living area.
- Follow instructions: It is important to follow the instructions provided by the veterinarian or on the product label when administering Lotilaner to a pet—observing the pet after administration is also important to ensure that the entire dose has been consumed.
By following these precautions, the risk of side effects and complications can be minimized, and the pet can be effectively protected against flea and tick infestations.
Signs of toxicity
Signs of toxicity from Lotilaner may occur if a pet is given an overdose or if they are particularly sensitive to the medication. Signs of toxicity can vary depending on the severity of the overdose, but some common symptoms to look out for include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Ataxia (difficulty walking)
- Difficulty breathing
If your pet is showing any of these symptoms or other symptoms that may be related to Lotilaner toxicity, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action and may recommend that your pet be taken to a veterinary hospital for further treatment.
It is important to note that the risk of toxicity is relatively low when Lotilaner is used as recommended and in the correct dosage. However, if your pet accidentally ingests a large amount of the medication or is exposed to a high dose, it can cause toxicity.
This product does not require any special storage conditions.
The information provided on this page is for normal reference only and is not intended to replace veterinary advice or packaging label. You should consult your vet first. Here may have included only some of the uses, side effects, brand names, or applications.