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Some dog medications seem to do it all. One of those is Revolution, which is a topical medication that prevents heartworm disease and fleas while also controlling and treating ear mite infections, sarcoptic mange and the American Dog Tick.

If your pup has recently been prescribed Revolution or it’s a medication you want to ask your vet about, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about Revolution. 

When are dogs prescribed Revolution? 

Dogs begin Revolution treatments when they’re around 6 weeks old or older, Dr. Aliya McCullough, Fetch’s on-staff veterinarian, says. Generally, dogs should take a heartworm preventative monthly for their entire lives, she adds.

How to apply Revolution to dogs

Revolution is a topical product, meaning that it’s applied to a dog’s skin (usually on their back between their shoulder blades), Dr. McCullough explains. While applying Revolution to a dog’s skin, you should avoid letting it touch your skin (and wash your hands after applying!) because it can cause skin and eye irritation, hives and skin redness in humans. 

“Pet parents should carefully read the instructions on the product label prior to applying it to your pet and talk to their veterinarian if they have questions,” she adds. 

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Revolution side effects

Unfortunately, there's always a chance that your pup will negatively react to a medication, including Revolution. According to Dr. McCullough, hair loss, skin redness or flaking where you applied it, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, drooling, rapid breathing, hives and itching are all signs that it's not a great fit for your pup. In rare cases, dogs may experience neurological symptoms like incoordination and seizures. 

If you notice your dog having a negative reaction to Revolution, Dr. McCullough recommends reaching out to your veterinarian as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to have a pet emergency preparedness plan when introducing your pet to new medications on the off chance your dog needs relief right away. These tips will help get you started: 

  • Write down the phone numbers for poison control, local 24-hour emergency pet hospitals and animal ambulances in your area.
  • Put together a pet emergency kit including latex gloves, an information card with your vet’s address and phone number and towels.
  • Practice for emergencies by familiarizing your pet with riding in the car.

Generic Revolution for dogs

Revolution may not be the right fit for every dog. And if the preventive medication isn’t, don’t fret. There are plenty of alternatives to Revolution that also protect your pup, Dr. McCullough says. Talk to your veterinarian about a better option that fits your pet’s activity, lifestyle, health status and geographical location. 

The Dig, Fetch's expert-backed editorial, answers all of the questions you forget to ask your vet or are too embarrassed to ask at the dog park. We help make sure you and your best friend have more good days, but we’re there on bad days, too.

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