Topical flea and heartworm medicine: Revolution

Revolution controls fleas, ticks and ear mites in dogs and cats.

Topical Revolution is a simple monthly topical parasiticide for many external and internal parasites (fleas and heartworms), and has been increasing in use in recent years because of its many possible potential applications. Unlike many of its competitors like Frontline or Advantage, topical Revolution does require a written prescription from a veterinarian. I have found it most useful in controlling fleas, ticks and ear mites in dogs and cats.

Veterinary dermatologists often are now frequently using it every 2 weeks for a total of 3 treatments in many itchy dogs to treat any possible hidden scabies mange mites, which are often difficult to find on even multiple skin scrapings at the vet office. Topical use in cats has also helped in protecting cats from the intestinal parasites roundworms and hookworms. While it’s labeled for efficacy against heartworms, in my opinion I still stick with the tried and tested prescription monthly heartworm preventative medications such as Heartgard. This is because in my experience over the years I have seen a few rare pets test positive for heartworms when relying exclusively on Revolution for heartworm prevention.

I often get questions about safety issues around people, but as long as you allow the product to completely dry, which occurs up to 2 hours after applying, there seems to be no risk to humans. Also, animal guardians can be free to bathe their pets anytime after this two hour mark, as this product is labeled as waterproof. While supposedly being safe to use in pregnant animals, I personally never like or recommend applying topical pesticides to pregnant animals.

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  1. Insted of heartworm medicine to give every month, what about vacine.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    VAccines are given much less frequently. In adult pets no more than every 3 years. Most of time immunity to core viral vaccines lasts for years to life of pet.

  3. what is better option medicine or vaccines.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Not really sure of your question. Best to prevent heartworms with once monthly medications like interceptor or heartguard. or even topical revolution.Vaccinations are over done, and should not be given more frequently than every 3 to 5 years in most cases.

  5. I would like to order my dogs revolution topical Parasiticide through your company. Can you give me a price for dog that is on 30 mg that weighs 6 lbs
    and price for dog that is on 60 mg that weighs 12 lbs.
    I saw in the statement that you will need vet presciption for this medication. How do I get this prescription to you?

    Ms Taylor

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Best to call and speak with head pharmacist Eddie on price, as well as process of ordering revolution.

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  8. I have been reading a lot of negative articles about Trifexis. In your opinion is Trifexis safe or would it be better to use Revolution with Heartgard or Interceptor

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I have not seen many problems with trifexis in clinical practice.

  10. What are the harms of giving Heartgard and then applying Revolution the same day (obviously done by mistake!)

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Don’t worry, there should not be a problem.

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