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Revolution Vs Advantage Multi for Dogs and Cats

Revolution Vs Advantage Multi

Which Flea Drop is Best for Your Pet?


There are dozens of flea treatments out there but finding the right one for your pet can be confusing.

We’re going to help you make an informed decision so that you can buy a safe, effective flea drop for your dog or cat.

Today, we’re going to compare two products that protect your pet from a variety of parasites; Revolution and Advantage Multi. Both are flea drops that are administered on the back of your pet’s neck and both provide protection for about 30 days, so you only need to re-treat monthly. So what’s the difference? Let’s find out.

What Do They Do?

Though the flea medications contain different active ingredients, they perform extremely similar functions with just a couple of exceptions. Advantage Multi contains imidacloprid and mixidectin. Imidacloprid is a neurotoxin that causes hyper-excitability and death in adult insects. It’s also mildly toxic to other animals such as fish and even people.

Moxidectin protects against heartworms, roundworms and hookworms as well as ear mites by acting as a neurotoxin to them. It has no adverse effects on other creatures though.

So to sum it up, Advantage Multi protects against fleas, heartworms, mites and intestinal parasites but not ticks.

Revolution contains only one ingredient, selamectin, which is a neurotoxin to fleas, ticks, mites, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms and other parasites. It’s also been shown to be extremely safe though the occasional case of temporary skin irritation will occur at administration site.

Revolution is known to be odorless and non-greasy too, unlike most other drops, including Advantage Multi.

The two primary differences between Advantage Multi and Revolution flea drops are that Revolution kills ticks, it’s active ingredient is non-toxic to people and other pets and it’s not as messy as Advantage Multi. For those reasons, we’re going to go with Revolution if you’re looking for the most inclusive product of the two.

Regardless of which flea drop you decide to go with, make sure to have your pet tested for heartworms before starting him on any heartworm medication because if he has them, the medication can cause shock-like symptoms and even death.

If you’ve tried either Revolution or Advantage Multi or, even better both, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

5 Responses to “Revolution Vs Advantage Multi”
  1. Cat mommie says:

    I have used both Revolution and Advantage Multi. I find Advantage Multi works better on fleas but is greasy and smelly which cats do not like. The Revolution is non greasy and odorless but does not work as well on fleas and thus causes itching and hair loss.

    • cat whisperer says:

      I totally agree. I have used both on my cat too. The Advantage Multi works much better at repelling fleas. You don’t get any straglers brought in the house like you do with Revolution. The only thing better about Revolution is as you stated. It doesn’t have the strong scent and isn’t as greasy. My cat did not mind having the Revolution on as much because it doesn’t have that strong medicine smell. I personally do not like having a stray flea hitch a ride in on my cat. I always end up getting chewed on. I know Advantage Multi claims not to protect against ticks but my cat never had even one while using it. In my book it is worth the few extra dollars a month for the Advantage Multi.

  2. Tena says:

    I have had a lot of problems with Revolution not killing fleas. Within a week I start seeing fleas on my cats again. I have started using Advantage II with Revolution every third month to control ear mites. But I could never use Revolution as my only flea control. It doesn’t work on the fleas in my neighborhood.

  3. Carol says:

    My fur babies have been on Advantage multi for years and have never had any issues!

  4. Jane says:

    My 2 raabits are on revolution and they still got fleas. It did not last 30 dyas. I tried Advantage when they were flea infested and it killed them off within 12 hours.

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