Revolution is a monthly heartworm preventive for cats and dogs that also both controls and prevents fleas. MyPetsDoctor.com’s Dr. James W. Randolph recommends this Pfizer Animal Health medication for many of his canine and feline patients in his own private practice in Long Beach, MS.
Heartworm disease is a life-threatening parasitic infestation for both species. However, it presents as a very different syndrome in dogs compared to cats.
In dogs the disease is fairly gradual, and from the initial time of infestation to death may be a year or more.
In cats, however, sudden death is one of the most commonly observed syndromes associated with heartworm disease.
That’s because Dirofilaria immitis, the scientific name of the heartworm parasite, is a usual parasite in the dog but an aberrant parasite in the cat. So, dogs tolerate the parasite fairly well and damage to the heart, lungs and pulmonary arteries progresses slowly but persistently.
In your kitty, however, violent reactions occur immediately in the pre-adult larval stages of heartworm infestation. By the time as few as 1-3 heartworms become adults, the reactions may progress to acute pulmonary edema (lungs filling with fluid) and death. Other, more tolerant cats, may suffer months or years of asthma-like signs and sub-lethal pulmonary edema, as well as a multitude of other possible problems.
Humans, too, may become infected with D. immitis. As another aberrant host, heartworms may do bizarre things in people, such as infect the eye, brain and abdominal organs. Fortunately, infestation of people is a rarity, and people don’t need to be on heartworm preventives.
I can’t overemphasize: All cats need to be on heartworm preventive! Let’s look at it from a risk/benefit standpoint.
On the risk side you have a disease (1) that will almost assuredly kill your cat, (2) for which there is no approved or effective treatment and, (3) which, even if it isn’t fatal, could easily cost you thousands of dollars and your cat untold suffering treating non-lethal episodes.
On the benefit side, (1) it’s incredibly easy to prevent with monthly medication, (2) the monthly medication is inexpensive, and, (3) Revolution also provides both flea control and flea prevention!
In the modern vernacular, it’s a no-brainer!
What is flea control and what is flea prevention?
Revolution provides flea control by killing adult fleas. Alone, that would be pretty good.
But, flea prevention involves killing the egg and larva stages of the pre-adult flea, so those will never be able to mature and become adult, biting fleas. The more fleas killed in this stage the better, as it’s the bite of the flea that hurts and causes anemia from blood loss.
To summarize, Revolution is a monthly medication from Pfizer Animal Health, approved for use in dogs and cats for prevention of Dirofilaria immitis heartworm infestation, killing adult fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae. It is colorless, odorless easy to use.
Contact your pet’s doctor to find out whether it’s right for your dog or cat.