Pfizer Revolution (Selamectin)

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Revolution has conquered my dogs fleas!

Apr 21, 2002
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Pros:Kills fleas, dries fast, safe for children once dry!

Cons:Expensive

The Bottom Line: A safe alternative for heart worm preventative and flea preventative in one!


What Revoltion kills
Revolution is a spot application flea killer with heart worm preventative built in! From the package insert: Revolution kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching for one month, prevents heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis, treatment and control of ear mites in dogs and cats, treatment and control of sarcoptic mange, control of tick in dogs, and hookworm or roundworm in cats. Fleas tend to dine on me more than my dog. Revolution is such an easy solution. I have heard that some dogs react fatally to spot applications and edible heart worm products, so having the two together would eliminate possible reactions for my dog! When being used as a treatments, it is generally used as a one or two times instead of a monthly application.

Why I choose Revolution
I have an 85 pound working breed. Sweet as can be but she can be very stubborn. She decided last spring to stop eating her heart worm preventative. Now, we have always struggled getting her to eat it, wrapping it in cheese, yelling at her, etc. We went as far as taking away her food until she ate it. Two days later I gave in and threw away the heart guard. Now I don't have to worry about her getting heart worms! I am so excited! I heard that there was a shot for 6 months of heart worm protection, but it is expensive. I figure, if I went that route, there should be another benefit with it.

In desperation I called my sister in law who is a vet tech. She said that Revolution is a great alternative and should help me. It doesn't sell as well where she is (Denver), but would kill the fleas in Virginia! You do need to get the medication from you vet, or have a prescription to purchase from a catalog of pet medications.

I was concerned with the toxicity since I have a two year old daughter that usually loves the dog. She hugs, kisses, and sometimes bites the dog. So you can see why toxicity could be a problem. My sister in law said that once the medication is dry it is safe to touch! What more could I ask for?!

How you apply Revolution
This is so easy! Once a month after my daughter goes to sleep, I give Shiloh her medication. It is recommended to use on dry hair.

The package came with 6 applicators sealed individually. Inside is the tube, ours is white with a light blue top. To open the tube you depress the cap to puncture the seal, then remove the cap.

Part the dogs (or cats) hair, place the tip of the tube on the skin and squeeze the tube to empty the contents in one spot. You do not have to massage it in. After two hours, it is safe to wash your dog and touch as the product is dry by then. I wash my hands and am comforted knowing she will kill all the fleas for me and won't get heart worms!

It does have a faint almost skunk like odor when you are close to it, but that disappears once the product dries. The liquid is clear (the insert states it can be clear to yellow) and dries clear with no flaking.

Color coding
Revolution comes indifferent colored packaging for different weights. From the insert: For cats: Mauve - up to 5 lbs, Blue 5.1-15 lbs Dogs: Mauve up to 5 lbs, Purple 5.1-10 lbs, Brown 10.1-20 lbs, Red 20.1-40 lbs, Teal 40.1-85 lbs. For dogs over 85 lbs, use the appropriate combination of tubes.

Technical ingredients
Revolution is selamectin.

Warnings
As listed on the insert. Not for human use, keep out of reach of children. Use with caution in sick, debilitated or underweight animals.

This product is not to be used for dogs/cats 6 weeks of age and younger.

Adverse reactions Revolution documented include transient localized alopecia with or without inflammation at or near the sit of application in 1% of treated cats. Other rare signs included vomiting, loose stool or diarrhea, anorexia, lethargy, salivation, tachypnea, and muscle tremors.

Shiloh demonstrated no adverse reactions. We have used this for 6 months now and are very happy with it.

Again information paraphrased from information on the package insert:

Pfizer lists the safety of the product on the insert and testing details such as trials in over 100 different pure and mixed breeds of healthy dogs, and over 15 different pure and mixed breeds of healthy cats. They tested with pregnant and lactating females as well although I doubt I would use this in that circumstance.

Pfizer tested oral ingestion for accidental ingestion with a few animals becoming ill (vomiting, ataxic for several hours, etc), but no fatalities. They also tested 3x's the recommended heartworm dose in dogs and 4x's the recommended heartworm dose in cats with no adverse reactions.

One kitten estimated between 5-6 weeks old dies 8 1/2 hours after a single treatment at the recommended dose. The kitten was a stray with unknown history and was malnourished and underweight.


Overall
We are very happy with Revolution. We have noticed no adverse affects. Application is simple and takes less than a couple of minutes. Revolution dries fast and does not smell after that time. After six months of use we have not seen fleas or ticks on Shiloh or in the house - YEAH! That means I have not been bitten!

Thank you for reading! This is a revised review from a deleted review I did in January to provide more useful information.

Cathy


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