With the upcoming flea and tick season already upon us, it’s important to remember that preventative flea/tick medication is very important to your dog or cat’s health. All dogs and cats who go outside should be treated with a preventative medication. Treating your indoor cats with a flea medication is also a good idea as it is quite common for indoor cats to become infected with fleas that are already in the home or are brought in by other people or animals who go outside. Flea/tick season also marks the very beginning of mosquito season and the right time of year to start your dog back on heartworm prevention if you do not do it year-round.
Revolution is a once monthly topical flea/tick/heartworm prevention that can be used on both cats and dogs. Revolution is a particularly nice choice for outdoor cats as it also prevent ear mites and some intestinal parasites (hookworm and roundworm).
Revolution enters the lipid layer of the skin as well as the blood stream of your pet. Fleas do not need to bite your pet to be affected by the medication but ticks do. Revolution can be a very effective method for flea control but is not recommended as the only method of tick control for dogs. Cats are not able to contract Lyme disease and River Road Veterinary Clinic does not carry any tick repellants for cats, so Revolution is a good choice as an “all-in-one” topical medication for your cats. Keep in mind, however, that ticks do need to bite your animal to be affected by the selamectin, but should be killed before they are able to transmit disease. Unfortunately, Revolution is not labeled for protection against the deer tick. The Scalibor collar makes a great choice for additional tick protection in combination with topical Revolution.
One benefit to using Revolution is that the heartworm prevention is included in the medication so the use of Heartgard for your dog is not needed. Hookworms and Roundworms are also very common intestinal parasites that can affect both dogs and cats. These parasites can be picked up through hunting or eating/grooming feces and dirt. Revolution is the only flea/tick medication that also provides intestinal parasite control. Additionally, Revolution protects your pet against ear mites which are very typical in outdoor cats (much less common in dogs).
If you have any questions regarding the best choice of preventative flea/tick/heartworm medication for your cat or dog please do not hesitate to call us at River Road Veterinary Clinic.