Product Spotlight: Revolution

Submitted by Veterinary Wellness Partners on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:01am

Revolution (Selamectin)

A common topical medication that is available for both dogs and cats is Revolution.  Selamectin is the active ingredient in Revolution, which is produced by Zoetis, Inc.; formerly Pfizer Animal Health.  They  known for many novel and cutting edge pet medications.  In this case, Revolution is a medication that has been available for use in cats and dogs for the past 15 years or so.  With that track record, it is one of the more well known topical; yet it remains effective. Many years ago, a generation of parasite medications were released on the market and many of those are no longer effective, but Revolution has remained effective to date.  So on to the nitty gritty:  what does Revolution do for my pet?

Revolution is a monthly topical product, providing protection against many of the parasites that we see here in the Orrville, Dalton, Wooster corridor of route 30.  These parasites include both "bugs" (external parasites) and "worms"  (Internal parasites).   Revolution should be applied directly on the skin, in the area between the shoulder blades of doggies.  In kitties, we recommend applying the product a little higher up on the body (half way in between the top of the head and the shoulder blade area).  This is so that cats can not groom any product off within the first few hours following application.  An animal should not have had a bath for at least 2 days before having the topical applied.  We also recommend using a soap free shampoo for all bathing when any topical medication has been applied.  


Since dogs and cats are different, we have separated these two section by their associated critter classification.   Dogs and cats have a different range of protection, even though there is little difference between the feline revolution and the canine revolution.  The main difference is the concentration and volume of product.  It is dosed by weight because larger animals have a larger surface area to cover.  The bugs and worms that are covered is where the main difference lies.  In dogs, Revolution is approved for the prevention of fleas, flea eggs and ear mites.  It also protects against heartworm disease. Revolution is a good option in dogs, but it is not an "all-in-one."  There are no true "all-in-one" medications, we feel that there are some better options for our canine friends.


Revolution is our top product for monthly parasite control in cats.  Like dogs, Revolution protects against these parasites: Heartworms, fleas, flea eggs and ear mites.  In addition, Revolution covers roundworms and hookworms, two of the most common internal parasites in cats.  The reason for the increased protection is that cats are finicky groomers.  They are meticulous in keeping their hair coats clean, so much so that a poor haircoat in an cat is sign of many potential diseases.  Since cats groom so effectively, they ingest some of the product into their intestinal tract, resulting in the untimely demise of the internal pests.


Produced for Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc. by Jeffrey R. Fink D.V.M.

For use by Orrville Veterinary Clinic and our partner clinics: Seville Wadsworth Veterinary Clinic and Akron Barberton Veterinary Clinic.