Save Money Treating Fleas with Revolution

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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30 thoughts on “Save Money Treating Fleas with Revolution

  • November 14, 2018 at 10:18 am
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    For anyone like myself finding this article years after publication: I have used this method successfully multiple times and have observed that this stuff is by far the best out there. Little or no side effects, and unlike frontline, it seems to work exactly as well and as long as the manufacturer claims. How rare is that?!
    Revolution is regretfully still not available OTC in America, and the markup by vet offices makes it financially ruinous to treat a larger number of cats. I bought a large dog package through Deadfleaz twice now with no issue, and for less than a local vet cat package even including shipping.
    Thank you, Ava!

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  • July 2, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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    Why don’t you try SPAYING & NEUTERING!!!! WHY are you allowing them to keep reproducing!!?? We DO have a pet overpopulation problem!!

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    • July 10, 2018 at 11:34 am
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      Hi Sheryl. I’m a little confused by your comment. This post has nothing to do with pets reproducing or pet overpopulation. I am well aware of this issue and always promote spaying and neutering. Even if you have only one or two small pets, you can save money by buying the larger size of products and splitting it or spreading it over more months. Your previous comment on this post makes sense but this one does not. Hope your day gets better.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm
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    I have a question. I split a xL vial of revolution for my cats. Now question. 5 to 15 lbs. 38ml. Now how does that measure into cc’s. I lost the measurements to how to do it. Please before I dose my babies, I appreciate it.

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    • December 1, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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      They are the same. cc and ml refer to the same amount of liquid.

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  • July 28, 2017 at 6:54 am
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    To Maureen and others storing Revolution: Be aware that if you buy bulk and store it you need to mark and take notes of how much is in your storage bottle. Since the second ingredient is isopropyl alcohol, it readily evaporates. Suppose half of the volume you stored evaporates…now the concentration of selamectin has DOUBLED!!! I’m no chemist so I don”t know how much if any of the selamectin would evaporate …just saying be aware!!!

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  • May 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm
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    Would like to know if using 1/10th the recomended dosage of Revolution after using it as directed the first time works. I’m trying this now on 10 cats & 2 rabbits.

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  • May 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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    How exactly do you do a .13ML or .38ML? I have never seen a syringe broken down so much.

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    • May 20, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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      You can get 1 mil syringes so .38 would be just below the .4 mark and so on.

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  • March 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm
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    Have you used Revolution for dogs @ 120 mg/ml potency on cats? The “potency” has me confused. I’ve recently purchased a Revolution kit for my cats, however, the product I received is the Teal package for dogs. I’m afraid to use it on my cats. Thank you!

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    • March 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm
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      Hi Laurie. If you read the paragraph above the charts it will help explain it for you. Just follow the chart for the proper dosage. It is important to use the correct amount.

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    • June 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm
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      Laurie,
      You said you purchased a Revolution “kit” for cats. Is it a multidose supply kit from Australia? I had been able to buy from them through a Usa website, but it is no longer available through them and I do not know who the supplier in Australia is. Pfizer, the American manufacturer of Revolution, does not sell it in that form. I think I will start buying Stronghold or split the XL dog Revolution. Thank you.

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      • July 2, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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        Arleen,
        YES!! For several years, I too, bought Revolution for my cats in a multi-dose kit from Australia!! The name of the company that I used is “Sierra Pet Meds”. I tried to re-order last summer but it was no longer offered. I have ALL the instructions, invoice, & padded envelope from the last time I ordered, 2 years ago. The pharmaceutical company listed is “Zoetis”. In small print below that, says–Distributed by: Zoetis Inc. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. I hope you see this reply. I’m curious if you went with the Stronghold, or what?

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        • August 19, 2018 at 3:29 pm
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          Just butting in here…I have purchased a kit from ? No name on the inside packaging and I tossed the rest, but kept the folded revolution information. No address, no phone #on it, just a “contact us” if you have any ?s. So, I called Zoetis and they denied having anything to do with it, wouldn’t help me. All I needed was to know what their measurement translated to for my syringe. Now can’t find the kit anywhere. I guess money trumped our being able to save any giving our pets the medication. Everything veterinarian now seems to be outrageous, meds have drastically gone up, Clavamox used to be around 28, now around 40+, took a cat to the vet with mild concerns, almost $600 later found out she’s fine. And don’t even mention what it costs for the Rx food Royal Canin, Hills, etc. R&D is great, much needed, but not sure what’s going on, corruption? greed? in the industry, but it’s pricing the average person out of helping their animals.

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  • January 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    I hope you will be able to answer this! I purchased the TEAL colored “Stronghold” and now I am worried it is will be concentrated or strong to use? I know some of them are 6% and some are 12%. If there is anyway you can let me know if the TEAL one will be OK to break down as well, I would greatly appreciate it. I have 3 cats 2 are probably over 7 lb and one is probably over 10lb and a 5 or 6 lb Yorkie dog.Thank you

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  • November 4, 2016 at 4:48 am
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    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

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  • August 26, 2016 at 6:52 am
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    I don’t know what 0.13 or 0.38 ml equals out to. If I use a 1cc/ml syringe, how much would I need for a kitten? For a cat?

    Also, how “easy” is it to Over Dose with Revolution? If I don’t get the measurement “exactly” right, is that super dangerous?

    THANK YOU for this article and any help you can give me.
    It’s MUCH Appreciated!

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  • August 2, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    Can you tell me if the dose for cats and kittens is the same for the dog 40.1-85lbs?

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    • August 17, 2016 at 1:27 am
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      No, it is NOT the same – just follow the numbers in the table (in the article).

      So, using the EXTRA LARGE DOG version (PLUM), or in fact any version that says 120mg/ml on the box, you would need 0.13ml to treat a cat that weighs less than 5lb, and so on. If working this out or if using a syringe to accurately draw out the right amount from the little vials seems a bit too complicated, you are probably safer just buying the correct version for your animal.

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  • July 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    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.

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    • July 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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      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.

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  • July 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    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.

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    • July 2, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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      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.

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  • January 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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    Thanks for this post!!

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  • July 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm
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    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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