Ticks and Fleas Can Turn Your Pet's World Upside Down

Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." He was probably talking about fleas and ticks because nowhere does this ring more true than making sure to have a good flea and tick preventive program in place.

Just hearing the words “tick” or “flea” can make some people feel itchy, so it’s no surprise that the thought of an infestation is a dog parent’s nightmare. Unfortunately, without regular preventives, it can happen to virtually any dog, anywhere, regardless of his living conditions. Some dog parents have the misconception that these nasty parasites only threaten canines who live outside or in unsanitary surroundings, but this is not the case. While dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors have a higher risk, anytime any dog goes outdoors, comes into contact with other pets or pet parents (or even you!), visits the groomer, the daycare, the dog park, etc., he is exposed to ticks and, especially, fleas.

Fleas and ticks are hardy pests. Fleas can survive in temperatures as low as 33 degrees for up to five days, and their eggs can live year-round in protected spaces. Ticks will live in temperatures as low as 40 degrees. And with their hardiness also comes the ‘offerings’ they bring to you and your pet – a variety of potentially serious diseases.

Your pet’s world just isn’t the same when he has ticks and fleas. Credelio™ (lotilaner) is a small and tastymonthly chewable that acts fast2,3 to protect puppies and dogs 8 weeks of age and older and 4.4 pounds and greater against ticks and fleas. Credelio starts to kill ticks and fleas in just 4 hours†3,4, kills 98.7 percent of ticks in 8 hours†2 and lasts all month long, giving it a memorable dosing interval.

Credelio is shown to have a 100 percent administration success rate by dog owners by more than 70 different dog breeds1,5,6, including toy breeds such as Chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers1,5-7. Credelio is gentle and designed for dogs like yours.

What makes Credelio different? Lotilaner is a patented active ingredient that targets the nervous system receptors of ticks and fleas, not dogs.9 In a clinical study, Credelio had a 10x lower rate of vomiting compared to NexGard® (afoxolaner).7 But don’t let Credelio’s gentleness fool you; it is tough on ticks and fleas and keeps your dog protected all month long. In fact, Credelio has been shown to have more than 97 percent monthly efficacy against ticks and 100 percent monthly efficacy against fleas. It kills fleas fast to help stop new egg laying and limit new infestations.3Bottom line: In a head-to-head study, 100 percent of dogs were flea-free with Credelio after three monthly doses compared to 93.2 percent with NexGard.1

It’s an understatement to say that dogs should be protected from ticks and fleas. Year-round protection is the best method of prevention. Credelio makes it easy. Ask us about switching your canine companion to Credelio today!


†On day of administration. Arithmetic mean.

1. Karadzovska, D. et al. 2017. “A randomized, controlled field study to assess the efficacy and safety of lotilaner flavored chewable tablets (Credelio) in eliminating fleas in client-owned dogs in the USA.” Parasites & Vectors. 10:528. 2. Murphy, M. et al. 2017. “Laboratory evaluation of the speed of kill of lotilaner (Credelio) against Ixodes ricinus ticks on dogs.” Parasites & Vectors. 10:541. 3. Cavalleri, D. et al. 2017. “Assessment of the speed of flea kill of lotilaner (Credelio) throughout the month following oral administration to dogs.” Parasites & Vectors. 10:529. 4. Credelio™ FOI Summary, NADA 141-494. 5. Cavalleri, D. et al. 2017. “A randomized, blinded, controlled field study to assess the efficacy and safety of lotilaner tablets (Credelio) in controlling fleas in client-owned dogs in European countries.” Parasites & Vectors. 10:526. 6. Cavalleri, D. et al. 2017. “A randomized, controlled study to assess the efficacy and safety of lotilaner (Credelio) in controlling ticks in client-owned dogs in Europe.” Parasites & Vectors. 10:531. 7. Elanco Animal Health. Data on File. 8. Credelio™ (U.S. product insert). Greenfield, IN. Elanco Animal Health, 2018. 9. Rufener, L. et al. 2017. “The novel isoxazoline ectoparasiticide lotilaner (Credelio): a non-competitive antagonist specific to invertebrates _-aminobutyric acid-gated chloride channels (GABACls).” Parasites & Vectors. 10:530. 10. Bowman, Dwight D. 2014. Georgis’ Parasitology for Veterinarians. 10th Edition. Elsevier Health Sciences. 241-259. 11. Carlotti, D. and Jacobs, D. 2000. “Review: therapy, control and prevention of flea allergy dermatitis in dogs and cats.” Veterinary Dermatology. 11:83-98. 12. Murphy, M. et al. 2017. “Laboratory evaluations of the immediate and sustained efficacy of lotilaner (Credelio) against four common species of ticks affecting dogs in North America.” Parasites & Vectors. 10:523.

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Fall Safety

Fall means changing leaves, brisk temperatures and a new wave of things to keep in mind for our four-legged friends' safety. But don't fret, fall can be enjoyed by everyone by keeping these tips in mind. SO-BL-FallSafety01-SEP16-ECC10916-FINAL
The shorter days of fall mean less natural light during daily walks or playing outdoors. Make sure your pet wears a reflective collar or blinking light when outdoors to be more visible to vehicles. Also, as the cooler weather settles in, if your pet is the outdoorsy type, she may have to come inside earlier as temperatures drop since the sun sets earlier. Make sure she has a warm blanket or thick bed to sleep in at night. Also, though we may enjoy snuggling up around a bonfire in the fall, or perhaps an indoor electric heater, keep your pet's safety in mind. Close off fireplaces or pits and keep your pets away from the spark zone when around a bonfire. Indoors, turn off any heating devices every time you leave the home -- and possibly even the room if you have a curious or rambunctious pet -- to reduce potential accidents or house fires. 

As we begin to clean up our yards this fall, keep your pet's safety in mind. Store all lawn and garden products in a secure place your pet can't get into. And if applying one last round of lawn product, keep your pet in a safe area until any potentially toxic product has dried. Also, bare plants pose a poking hazard to our pets as they play outdoors; create a small barrier around the plants to help prevent pokes or cuts. 

Though the weather cools down quickly in the fall, ticks and fleas are still a major issue. These tiny pests are a hardy bunch, capable of surviving the first frost. In addition to continuing to follow a flea and tick prevention routine, eliminate their favorite environments in the yard: the leaf and garden litter piles. Speaking of lawns, mushrooms sprout up on lawns, under trees, in fields and on logs during the fall. While most mushrooms won't make your pet sick if ingested, several varieties are highly toxic, so it is best to avoid them altogether. 

Use extreme caution when using mouse and rodent control products inside your home during the fall. Many products on the market are highly toxic to pets. We can offer guidance on pet-friendly control products for your home, making sure your pet stays safe and the rodents stay out. 

Another area to keep in mind as we move into fall is the changing nutritional needs of our furry friends. Cooler temperatures require more energy from our pets to stay warm, meaning they may need to have daily feedings adjusted. Contact us for information on making healthy changes to diets. And while she might not agree with diet changes, this doesn't mean she should turn to your kids' school supplies for a snack. While common school supplies such as glue sticks, pencils and markers are generally considered low toxicity, they can cause gastrointestinal issues and blockages if ingested. The only paws that should be able to grasp school supplies should have opposable thumbs. 

Contact us if you have any questions on helping keep your furry friend safe during the changing seasons. Have a fabulous fall!

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Wag-O-Mania 2015

On May 2, 2015 Rockford Road Animal Hospital had the opportunity to walk in the Walk for Animals.  This was the 41st anniversary of the event and over one million dollars was raised!  Not only was this financially one of the most successful walks, but over 9000 walkers and 3000 four-legged friends made the trek to raise money for medical programs, behavior programs and other pet-centered assistance.

Check out the fun we had this year!


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