A Few Words About Parasites

It is important to be aware of common parasites and never let your guard down. Parasites can strike at any time without regular use of REVOLUTION®(selamectin). For additional information on parasites and their consequences, talk to your veterinarian.

Knowing the enemy:

A potentially lethal parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes and can affect even indoor cats. There is no approved treatment for feline heartworm disease. Prevention is the only option.
Difficult and costly to treat, heartworm can cause heart and lung disease and can even be fatal. In the beginning phases there are often no symptoms. As the disease advances, symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, inability or unwillingness to exercise, fainting, weight loss and abdominal swelling.

Cats and Dogs:
This parasite almost needs no introduction — the flea's reputation as a nuisance pest and hard-to-eradicate home invader is well known. However, fleas can be more than an uncomfortable irritant. Fleas often play host to tapeworms and other parasites leading to compound infestations.

Ear mites
Cats and Dogs:
This irritating invader lives on the surface of your pet's ears, feeding off the ear lining. If left untreated, ear mites can cause damage to the ear and put your pet at risk for secondary bacterial infections. Highly contagious, infected pets should be kept from contact with other animals.

Roundworm (Toxocara cati)
A common intestinal parasite that lives in the small intestine and can cause gastrointestinal problems in kittens and adult cats. This parasite is zoonotic, which means that it can be transmitted to humans. Small children may be more susceptible than the general population.

Hookworm (Ancylostoma tubaeforme)
Another common zoonotic parasite that can be transmitted to humans with fairly serious consequences. In cats, hookworms attach to the wall of the intestine and live off blood, potentially causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps and anemia.

Sarcoptic mites
These highly contagious mites are not only painfully irritating to your puppy – they can be passed to you as well. Also known as scabies, they can cause affected pets to scratch themselves until they lose large chunks of hair and develop dry crusty skin lesions, which can lead to secondary skin infections.

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)
Ticks attach to the skin to feed. Often they are difficult to spot until they become engorged with blood. Commonly found in fields, woods and grassy areas, this type of tick can transmit many serious canine diseases. Routinely check your puppy thoroughly for ticks as well as signs of skin reaction under the collar. If you do find a tick on your puppy, talk to your veterinarian about the best way to remove it.

Prevention is better medicine
The best way to protect your pet is not to give parasites the chance to invade. The Revolution year-round protection pack gives you a full 12 months of parasite protection in one easy package. Complete with 12 reminder stickers, it can help to keep your pet healthy, all year long.

Revolution is generally well-tolerated. In studies, <1% of cats and dogs experienced digestive upset. Approximately 1% of cats experienced temporary hair loss at the application site. Do not use in sick, weak or underweight animals.

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