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"New Products - Revolution and ReproCHECK"
"Revolution" The New Flea Heartworm Medication
"Revolution" is the first topical solution that prevents heartworm disease and also kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching. This brand new product was released in November 1999 and became available in December 1999. You will see many advertisements for "Revolution" in newspapers, magazines, television and the radio. May this article serve to introduce you to the product.
The following information is based on information provided to veterinarians by the Pfizer Animal Health Company. In my clinical experience of using the product in Year 2000, I have had problems with it killing ticks. We have therefore dropped the line and no longer sell the product.
"Revolution" has a wide spectrum of protection against common parasites.
Proving the product
More than 12,000 doses were administered to over 4,500 dogs and cats during the past four years of research.
How it works
"Revolution" is applied to the skin surface in one tiny area, once-a-month, using a convenient, childproof applicator. The active ingredient, selamectin is absorbed through the skin and enters the blood stream. The selamectin in the blood and intestinal tract prevents heartworm disease and kills intestinal parasites (worms). The selamectin then redistributes to the sebaceous (oil) glands of the skin. Its presence in the sebaceous glands, hair follicles and skin causes the death of fleas, ticks and other ectoparasites by inhibiting nerve impulses. It has no such effect in the mammalian nervous system, so it is much safer than common insecticides.
"Revolution" is very low volume (teaspoon or less) and only needs to be applied in one spot once every thirty days.
It is non-greasy and dries quickly so you dont have a mess on upholstery, etc.
Bathing the pet two hours after application doesnt affect the efficacy.
Available in six different sizes based on the body weight of your pet.
Safe to use on puppies and kittens as young as 6 weeks of age.
Safe for breeding males and females, pregnant and nursing females and heartworm positive pets.
Was proven safe when given at ten times the recommended dose to puppies and kittens, and five times the recommended dose to collies with sensitivity to ivermectin (used in some other heartworm preventatives e.g. Heartgard).
Child resistant packaging.
Generally well tolerated. In research, less than 0.5% of dogs and cats experienced digestive upset. Approximately 1% of cats experienced temporary hair loss at the application site.
Less than 5# Puppy or Kitten
5 to 15# Cat
5 to 10# Dog
10 to 20# Dog
20 to 40# Dog
40 to 85# Dog
When will "Revolution" be available?
"Revolution" is now available in all sizes.
My feelings on the product
Year 2000 has been a very wet year in SE Ohio. For that reason we have been overrun with ticks in particular. "Revolution" has NOT done a good job of keeping them off of my patients. For that reason, we have dropped the product from our line and have continued to use and promote Frontline "TopSpot" which does a very good job of killing fleas and ticks.
Like to learn more? Go to the Official "Revolution" Web site at:
We have just learned that there is a new test to detect pregnancy in dogs as early as 21 days after breeding. The test is called ReproCHECK and measures the hormone relaxin which is released when an egg implants into the uterus.
A tiny amount of blood (<1/5 teaspoon) is drawn from a leg vein and processed in the test kit. In less than 20 minutes, your veterinarian can give you reliable results. Unfortunately, there still is not a test which pet owners can perform easily at home, but with advances such as this it may be just around the corner. In the past, only ultrasound, manual palpation or radiography could be used to detect pregnancy. This is a much less expensive and extremely reliable method to determine the pregnancy status of your favorite dog...
A man and his dog were walking
along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he
was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years. He wondered where
the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone