Revolution Flea Treatment for Dogs

Updated November 21, 2016

A dog with fleas is miserable and not fun to be around. The itching and scratching are bad enough, but a flea-infected dog can give you fleas that can spread disease such as typhus and bubonic plague.

What is Revolution?

Revolution is a systemic, topical spot on medication whose active ingredient is selamectin. Selamectin acts as both an adultcide and an insect growth regulator with fleas, preventing flea eggs from hatching. It must be applied monthly during flea and tick season to work effectively.

Other Types of Parasite Control

Revolution not only controls fleas but also controls ear mites, dog ticks, sarcoptic mange and prevents heartworm disease by killing heartworm microfilae in a dog's bloodstream. In order for it to properly control heartworm, it must be given a month apart.


Revolution is applied according to weight. It comes in different sizes depending on your dog's weight. You must part the dog's hair at the base of the neck in the back just in front of the shoulder blades and then pour the medication on the skin and allow it to dry. Do not touch or massage the spot, and you should not apply it when the dog's coat is wet. Allow it to dry and be absorbed for at least 2 hours before bathing your dog.


Before starting Revolution, your dog should have a heartworm test done to ensure that your dog does not have heartworms before using.


Do not apply Revolution to broken skin. Avoid getting Revolution on your hands. Do not use Revolution for dogs on cats.

Because Revolution is a systemic and is a pesticide, albeit as a medication, it is important to check with your veterinarian before using other flea and tick medications to avoid possible interactions.

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