Revolution Pet Meds

Written by Shirley Parker
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Revolution is one of the newer prescription medications now available for cats and dogs. Called a parasiticide, it is applied topically and acts against quite a wide variety of parasites. Puppies must be at least six weeks old before this product can be used, but kittens must be at least eight weeks old. It is not used on a sick or underweight animal or one that is debilitated for any other reason. Neither is it applied to broken skin.

Initially, Revolution may be used to kill adult fleas and prevent their eggs from hatching, thus disrupting that cycle of infestation. In both dogs and cats, Revolution may also be prescribed to treat or prevent heartworm disease and ear mites. In dogs, Revolution is effective against sarcoptic mange and certain ticks. In cats, it's effective against some intestinal worms, including hookworm and roundworm. Additional medications may need to be given at the same time to treat other parasites.

Revolution is packaged in different strengths depending on the age and weight of your dog or cat. It is given once a month for the prescribed length of time. Please provide your veterinarian with any previous health history that does not appear in his records for your pet, perhaps because you've moved from a different area.

You Need to Know This about Revolution

All medicines have side effects! With Revolution, there may be hair loss where it's been applied, with or without inflammation. There may also be vomiting and diarrhea, sluggishness and loss of appetite, itching, salivation, rapid breathing, hives or welts, lack of coordination, and fever. Dogs sometimes suffer seizures, though rarely. Occasionally, an animal has died following the application.

Be very sure to discuss your concerns with your veterinarian, especially if your pet is on additional medication. Clinical studies show Revolution can be used safely in combination, but the vet must also know everything you're administering to your pet, including non-prescription herbal remedies. One last note is that Revolution contains isopropyl alcohol and BHT, a preservative. It is flammable, so proper storage away from any source of ignition is critical. It is also irritating to human skin and eyes, so observe all medical precautions.

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