Save Money Treating Fleas with Revolution

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save money treating fleas with RevolutionIn our last post I told you how to save money on flea treatment by splitting large tubes of Advantage, made by Bayer, and Frontline, made by Merial. You can do the same thing and save money treating fleas with Revolution but there are a couple of differences. 

Advantage and Frontline are regulated by the EPA and are now available over the counter. Revolution, made by Zoetis, still requires a prescription and is regulated by the FDA rather than the EPA.

Although it is a little more expensive than Advantage and Frontline, Revolution helps protect your pet against a wider variety of parasites. The active ingredient in Revolution is selamectin. It works by penetrating the skin and entering your pet’s bloodstream. Concentrations of selamectin in the tissue and bloodstream prevent heartworm disease. Selamectin also redistributes into the skin from the bloodstream and kills adult fleas, American dog ticks, and ear mites, and prevents flea eggs from hatching. It is also an anthelmintic, which means it fights to expel parasitic worms. Parasites ingest the drug when they feed on the animal’s blood. Revolution is safe for pregnant and lactating pets. Revolution doesn’t have a growth regulator in it but the active ingredient in it does prevent flea eggs from hatching.

The thing I really like about Revolution is that it is quick-drying and non-greasy. If you are splitting tubes, it is imperative that you leave it in the tube it comes in and draw it from the tube with a needle as described in our previous post. The ingredient that makes it quick-drying also makes it very volatile. Once out of the tube and in a larger container, it can totally evaporate! Make sure the tube is tightly capped. I have read that it is advisable to store it in the refrigerator once opened.

The largest packet of Revolution is PLUM colored (for Extra Large Dogs) and is labeled for dogs 85.1 – 130 lbs. The volume of each dose of topical solution is 3 mL and the concentration of the drug is 120 mg/ml. THUS, each dose of PLUM Revolution for Extra Large Dogs (360 mg) can treat 24 kittens or 8 cats!

Revolution dosage chart

Please note: Veterinarians and drug manufacturers warn against tube splitting and doing so may void their liability. Some dog-only products, such as Advantix, can kill a cat. Do your own research and if you decide to split tubes be sure to:

  • Handle safely – wash your hands thoroughly after use
  • Store properly – in a cool, dark place
  • Use the appropriate dose


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9 comments

  1. Daphne says:

    Thank you so much. I lost the paper I had in my stash, and we have pets from six to 80 pounds. Now I know! <3

  2. Ginger Bair says:

    Can you tell me if the dose for cats and kittens is the same for the dog 40.1-85lbs?

  3. Kim Grodberg says:

    For cats over 12 weeks I’m having good luck with persistent use of a natural spray called Natural Care+ Flea & Tick Home Spray. It has a strong smell of natural oils, like mint, for about 8 hours after use. My cats don’t mind it even when I use it on them. I use it on everything that the cats use except their food, water, and litter. I do use Advantage II and occasionally Revolution but after using this stuff at the rate of 1 quart per month There are no fleas and I think that I could prevent them with this stuff alone. It is $6 per quart at Walmart.

    • Ava says:

      Hi Kim. Thanks for the info. A good preventative program is always best. I’d love to know how it works in the long run on its own.

  4. Maureen Cook says:

    When u say it is volatile to put the dose from the tube in to a bigger container, do you mean it is dangerous and detrimental to the cats health. I ask because I have a tube of revolution that I squeezed from the original tube and put in to a larger container with a lid and have it in a drawer. Im needing to know if it is still safe to use it on my cats or do u feel it will hurt them in some way? Can you please email me at anamoiselle01@gmail.com.

    • Ava says:

      No, it should still be fine. What I meant was that mine evaporated. My container must not have been airtight but I just didn’t risk it after that and left it in its original container. I’m answering here in case others had the same concern.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for this post!!

  6. I just read flea treatment on your web I have around 9grown up 9kittens between 5 months to 7months right now 9new born with 1week and1 day I just treat for worms the fleas are the problems this many cats I need something to use treats the large population in my house that is very cheap so I can use 2or3 times after the1st times please texts me ( candycanecandycane437@yahoo.com

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