Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Heartworm Areas of the USA

Of all the parasites that your dog or cat may come into contact with, the heartworm is the one which is probably the most frightening. Heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis, is a type of parasitic roundworm that is transmitted to animals, like your pet, by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquito itself becomes infected when it bites an animal which already has heartworm. The now infected mosquito then goes onto bite another animal and heartworm larvae is passed into that animal's bloodstream. These microscopic larvae continue to grow inside the infected animal's body, maturing into long worms which live within the heart and lung tissues. This is obviously not beneficial for your pet's well-being, causes a number of serious health problems and can eventually lead to the death of the animal. In some rare cases, heartworm has also been passed onto humans.

Heartworm in the USA

The horrible heartworm has been recognized as a threat to animals for many years, and was first reported in the United States in 1846. The heartworm parasite was originally confined to the south-eastern states of the USA, however over recent years cases of infection have spread dramatically. According to incidence maps produced by the American Heartworm Association, and based on data provided by veterinary clinics across the country, heartworm infection has now been recorded in all 50 states. Noted heartworm hotspots are within 150 miles of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and close to the Mississippi River.

Why is the Heartworm Problem Growing in the USA?

Scientists have suggested several reasons for the spread of heartworm throughout the United States. Climate change has caused milder autumn and winter temperatures which allow mosquitoes to thrive, while the development of urban areas has created areas of stagnant water which provide a breeding ground for these flying menaces. Another significant change in human habits which has allowed heartworm to spread throughout the nation is our ability to travel further and with greater ease. Pets and wild animals which move between different areas may come into contact with infected mosquitoes, and then, take that infection wherever they go.

How to Beat Heartworm with Revolution

Fortunately, there is some good news about the heartworm problem, and that is – it's preventable and treatable. The best solution to any problem is to prevent is occurring in the first place, which is why many pet experts and veterinarians are now recommending that you use a preventative product like Revolution. Revolution for dogs and Revolution for cats are anti-parasite pet meds which contain the active ingredient selamectin. The broad-spectrum formula of Revolution is designed to offer pets all-year round protection from heartworm infection through a monthly topical application. This means that whichever state you live in, you can be assured that Revolution will dramatically reduce the risk of your pet becoming infested with this parasite. Revolution also protects against fleas, ticks and earmites, making it a perfect choice for any pet owner who wants the best for their dog or cat.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Is it adequate to dose monthly with Revolution?

If, like me, you have a dog or a cat, you've probably already discovered that keeping your pet free from fleas, ticks and other parasites can be a tricky (and sometimes expensive) business. Flea collars, anti-parasite shampoos, powders and sprays are all widely available over the counter, but in my experience, they just don't work as well as I'd like them to. Sure, your pet may be flea free for a few days, but as soon as you think you have the all clear, those horrible little blood-suckers are back! The majority of these products also fail to protect against anything more than fleas, which can mean purchasing numerous shampoos, collars or drops to achieve your goal of year round freedom from internal and external parasites.

I'm sure that I'm not alone in saying that over the years I've spent a fortune trying to find an anti-flea and parasite solution that really works. I have to admit I was getting to the end of my leash when my veterinarian finally introduced me to Revolution. The vet explained that Revolution for dogs and Revolution for cats are FDA approved pet meds that contain the active ingredient Selamectin, making Revolution very different from your usual flea collar or anti-parasite shampoo. 

Unsurprisingly, one of the first questions I asked about Revolution is whether a monthly dose would be enough for adequate and long-lasting protect against parasites. It seemed impossible to me that a few drops of liquid applied to an animal's skin could prevent not only fleas but ticks, ear mite and heartworm too. However, once I understood how Revolution works, I can see how it succeeds in being so effective. The veterinarian explained that Revolution is absorbed by the animal's skin into their blood and then released gradually by the glands over the next 30 days. As Revolution kills both adult fleas and flea eggs, it helps to break the reproductive cycle, and prevents that problem of re-infestation occurring. The presence of Revolution in the pet's blood-stream also works as a preventative against internal parasites.

Revolution is a well chosen name for this product, because it really is a revolution for pet owners and their furry friends. I personally feel that using Revolution on a monthly basis is much easier on the pocket than spending cash on products which fail to provide all round protection. I even found a website called Pet Shed that sells Revolution at a good price. If you haven't yet tried Revolution as flea control for your pets, why not give it a go and discover for yourself the efficacy of this innovative anti-parasite formula.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

What is the Difference Between Revolution for Cats and Revolution for Dogs?

One of the essentials of being a responsible pet owner is providing your dog or cat with adequate protection from parasites such as fleas and ticks. Now, that may seem like a straight-forward task, but in practice, deciding which anti-parasite remedies to use can be a little tough. With pet supply stores and veterinary clinics offering an array of products which vary from collars to pills to shampoos, it can be hard to figure out which ones are right for your animal companions. Fortunately for both pet owners and pets alike, pet meds such as Revolution have been developed to make it that much easier to give your dog or cat the all-round anti-parasite protection that they need. 

Revolution is an FDA approved pet med containing the active ingredient Selamectin and provides broad spectrum protection from the most common parasites that your pet may encounter. When I first started looking into using Revolution on my dog and cat, I discovered that the brand offers both Revolution for cats and Revolution for dogs. This started me wondering – what is the difference between these two products? I decided to do some research into the differences between Revolution for cats and Revolution for dogs, and soon found that I was not the only pet owner who wanted to know the answer to this question. On some online forums, cat owners asked “Is it safe to use Revolution for dogs on my cat”, while others asked “Can the same Revolution formula be used on all my pets?”. 

In fact, the answer to all these questions is fairly simple – although both Revolution for cats and Revolution for dogs contain the same active ingredient, you should only use these pet meds on the animal that they are designed for. This is because the main difference between the two types of Revolution is the concentration of Selamectin in each dosage. Animals which weigh more, such as larger cat breeds and dogs need a higher concentration, while young animals and small breeds require a lower concentration. Using too high a dosage on your pet, for example applying Revolution for dogs to a 6-week old kitten could cause health problems, while using a lower dosage on a large dog will not provide complete protection. However, knowing the right dosage is not a problem when you use Revolution, as all you need to do is to choose the product according to your pet's body-weight and type. Revolution packaging is color coded and clearly labeled with weight categories, so it is fairly difficult to get it wrong! Although it might be tempting to save money or time by using the same Revolution formula on all your pets, veterinarians advise that you should always use the appropriate Revolution to avoid possible problems.

Hopefully this answers many of the questions that pet owners may have about the differences between Revolution for cats and dogs, and will make choosing the right type of anti-parasite protection easier.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

How Does Revolution Work?

Healthy Happy Pets & Owners

There is a very old saying which goes “a dog is a man's best friend”. In fact, many people see their pet as more than just a best friend – they consider their beloved animal to be a member of the family. Just as we would care for our child, sibling or parents health, caring for our pet's health is always a priority – no one wants to see an animal suffer unnecessary discomfort or illness.

Revolution – The Anti Parasite Solution for Your Pet

Some of the greatest threats to our pets are small enough to go unnoticed until the issue has become a problem. Fleas, heartworm and other parasites are what I'm talking about – all of which can adversely affect your fluffy companion's well-being and happiness, as well as long term health. Our animals can't talk and tell us when they are ill, and this means that preventative measures are a must. This is why products like Revolution exist. Revolution is part of a range of specially designed pet meds that can help you to achieve peace of mind about parasite protection.

So, How Does Revolution Work to Protect Your Pets?

Revolution for dogs and Revolution for cats are two distinct formulas containing the active ingredient Selamectin. Selamectin works hard to provide effective and practical protection against a number of common animal parasites that may infect your dog or cat.

Revolution for dogs and cats is applied directly to your pet's skin using a foolproof tube which delivers the correct dosage, which alleviates any concerns about using too much or too little. Once Revolution has been applied to a pet's skin, it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Now we get to the clever bit – Revolution actually works by selectively redistributing from the blood to the skin. In essence, this means that with one quick application, your dog or cat gets around one month's protection, not just from fleas but from other nasties including ear-mites and heartworm. Unlike many ”spot-on” products, Revolution is not a pesticide but an FDA approved medication, which means that while efficient, it can be used safely and with confidence. 

A Revolution for Pet-owners

In the past I have sometimes found that keeping my brood in tip-top condition has occasionally been a challenge, but with the Revolution, my “babies” are happier and healthier than ever and I can rest assured that they are safe from infestation by parasites.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Hello out there....want to know about Revolution?

Welcome to my first blog post!  I've been thinking about doing this for a while, but never really had anything I thought worthy of a post....until I found Revolution which is a flea and tick control pet medication made by Pfizer.  It has changed my world and that of my pets.

I have both dogs and cats and the Revolution flea control product has been fantastic.  No other product I've used for controlling fleas and ticks has been this effective or worked so quickly.  After trying Revolution it didn't take me long to find my sought-after blog topic!  Now I want to tell the world about Revolution.

So come on board with me and learn about Revolution for Cats and Revolution for Dogs.  I'm going to do lots of research to help you with your Revolution questions and you can always ask me for my thoughts, tips, or findings about Revolution, dogs, cats, fleas, ticks or general pet ownership.  And I'd love to hear your stories too.

After all, isn't the best protection for our beloved pets what we're all after?  Fleas and ticks be gone!