UPDATE: This post, Save Money Treating Fleas with Revolution, was originally published on July 9th, 2014. In response to some questions and comments I received, I completely updated it on July 4, 2019.
How to Save Money on Revolution for Treating Fleas
In another 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, known internationally as Stronghold, but there are a couple of differences.
How Revolution Works
Advantage and Frontline are regulated by the EPA and have long been 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. Although Revolution doesn’t have a growth regulator in it, the active ingredient in it does prevent flea eggs from hatching.
Revolution is Quick-drying and Non-greasy
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 (alcohol) 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.
Do You Need a Prescription for Revolution?
As mentioned above, Revolution still requires a prescription in the US. People argue that there is a reason for this. I think it is really a financial reason. Vets make a lot of money on the “prescription” products they sell. Oh, boy, don’t even get me started on that!
The good news for pet owners is that you can order Revolution from overseas companies online. Just search for “revolution without a prescription.” Please be sure to do your research if you choose to do this. As with any business, there are some unscrupulous companies out there. There are companies in Australia and Canada that I would tend to trust over others that may not even reveal where they are located. Also, be sure that their website is secure before you order.
Deadfleaz is located in Australia and people who have commented on this post say they have dealt with them multiple times with success. They claim that even with shipping it is still less than the vet.
Is Revolution Safe?
Revolution has been tested in many clinical studies. It has been tested at up to 10 times the recommended dosage with no adverse effects. The product has even been tested orally in case of accidental ingestion. It is also safe to use on pregnant and lactating pets.
How to Split Doses of Revolution to Treat for Fleas
I received a comment that cats are being overdosed using this chart because the Revolution for cats has a concentration half of the dog product. That is true but that lower concentration is taken into account in the chart below. The bottom line is that the dose is 2.7 mg/lb for both dogs and cats.
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!
Precautions when Splitting Tubes of Revolution
Please note: Drug manufacturers and some veterinarians warn against tube splitting and doing so may void any 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
If you still have questions and concerns, you can download this document from Zoetis.
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