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Revolution vs Frontline: Comparing Pest Preventatives

The Differences Between these Top Brands

By Lauren Leonardi . September 24, 2013 | See Comments

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Revolution vs Frontline: Comparing Pest Preventatives

Pests are everywhere. They are completely unavoidable. So the best thing is to get your pet on preventative medications. Learn more here about two leading preventatives of fleas, ticks, and heartworm in order to decide which is best for your pet.

Two of the biggest and most recognizable brand names in pet flea and tick control are Revolution and Frontline Plus. Both treatments are applied topically on a monthly basis, and both protect against fleas and ticks. The primary difference between the two treatments is that Revolution protects against heartworm, while Frontline protects against a broader spectrum of ticks, lice and mites. What other important differences come up when you compare Revolution vs Frontline Plus?

WHAT TYPES OF PESTS DO REVOLUTION & FRONTLINE PLUS PROTECT AGAINST?

Frontline Plus and Revolution both protect dogs against fleas and ticks.

  • Additionally, Frontline Plus helps protect dogs from infestations of chewing lice and sarcoptic mites.
  • Revolution protects against ear mites and scabies. It also prevents parasitic worms like heartworm, roundworm, and hookworm.

HOW LONG DOES A DOSE LAST?

Both medications are to be applied once a month, and will last for 30 days.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

The primary ingredient in Revolution is selamectin. Happily, side effects are rare with this drug. If your dog exhibits hair loss, panting, hives, or itching, contact a vet immediately. You may also notice excessive drooling or appetite loss.

The active ingredients in Frontline Plus are fipronil and S-methoprene. Fipronil-related side effects typically present in the form of skin irritation. If redness or itchiness persists beyond 48 hours, get in touch with your vet. The S-methoprene is the “plus” in Frontline Plus. This drug goes to work on pests at the larval stage. Side effects in dogs from this drug are rare.

The primary cause for concern with all spot-on treatments is ingestion. If your dog accidentally gets into your stash and eats their spot-on, or somehow gets it up their nose or in their eyes, there can be long term devastating effects. Be sure to keep these drugs out of reach. When applied properly to the skin no more than once a month, reactions to both drugs are uncommon.

WHAT IS THE AGE MINIMUM FOR HEARTGARD?

Neither drug should be applied to puppies ‘till they’re at least 6-8 weeks of age.

CAN REVOLUTION OR FRONTLINE PLUS BE ADMINISTERED TO PREGNANT PETS?

Both drugs are thought to be safe to administer to pregnant dogs.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The flea and tick medications in both drugs work in essentially the same way. The active ingredients in each drug are neurotoxins that paralyze ticks and fleas so they’re unable to feed. Then they die, and fall off your pet. Both drugs target fleas and ticks at the larval stage so they’re unable to grow to adulthood, thereby interrupting the biological lifecycle to keep your pet flea and tick free.

The chemical formulation of Revolution also attacks parasitic worms. The medication is designed to cause paralysis and death in worms at the larval stage. They die before they develop, and are usually passed through your dog’s stool.

WHICH DRUG IS RIGHT FOR MY PET?

This decision should be made with your veterinarian, and the best answer will likely be based on the needs of your geographical location. If there’s a prevalence of mites and lice in your area, Frontline Plus may be better for your dog. In this case, you’ll likely want to administer an additional heartworm monthly medication.

 

Application

For the Prevention of...

Recommended age of application

Frontline Plus

Topically applied to skin once a month.

Fleas, ticks, chewing lice, and sarcoptic mites.

 

6 weeks or older

Revolution

Topically applied to skin once a month.

Fleas, ticks, ear mites, scabies, ticks, heartworm, roundworm, and hookworm

6 weeks or older

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

 

 

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