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Revolution for Guinea Pigs: Dosing Range and How To Apply

Mites, Ticks, and Fleas are common problems for guinea pigs. This is why owners refer to the famous spot-on treatment, Revolution. But the question is, how to apply Revolution, what is the dosage for this, and do I need a license, as well as are there any side effects?

In this article, we’re going to talk about all of that but first, disclaimer for weight, the concentration of the medication, dosing for certain ailments, and knowing the regulations in your state regarding off-label use.

We don’t want to keep our pigs waiting, let’s get started!

Can You Use Revolution on Guinea Pigs?

Veterinarian's prescription is required to use Revolution on guinea pigs
Veterinarian’s prescription is required to use Revolution on guinea pigs

Yes, you can, it is accessible, affordable, and effective, but only use it if your veterinarian suggests it, do not use it on your own accord. 

The use of Revolution(Selamectin) differs from country to country where other countries such as in the US, use Revolution and in the UK use Ivermectin instead. Meaning, you need to have a prescription in order to use Revolution in the US.

Usually, only veterinarian clinics offer Revolution (Selamectin) since overuse or abuse of Revolution could cause dangerous side-effects to your Guniea Pig, and it can even cause death.

Do know that the use of Revolution only affects adult ticks, mites, and fleas. You need to give at least 2 treatments to “break the life cycle” of incoming ticks. There are some cases where it is advised to use 3 treatments.

Dosing Range of Revolution for Guinea Pigs

Veterinarian is giving injections to a guinea pig
Veterinarian is giving injections to a guinea pig

The dosage of Revolution is in direct proportion to the weight of your guinea pig. The dosage is 10mg/kg topically, but it still should be calculated with the weight of your guinea pig. 

If administering using a tube, 60mg/cc for a Guniea Pig, the dosage should be 0.167mg/cc multiplied by the weight of the guinea pig in kilos.

For example, let’s say your guinea pig weighs about 1.1lbs, in order to get the weight in kilos, divide by 2.2046, which is, 0.5kg, this is the weight in kilos. Following this example, the dosage of Revolution if administered via 60mg/cc tube is 0.167mg/cc x 0.5kg = 0.0835cc.

It is also recommended to take at least 4 weeks to see an improvement and should not be used on guinea pigs smaller than 12 ounces (340grams).

Revolution for Guinea Pigs by Weight

a guinea pig on the scale with 117g
A guinea pig on the scale with 117g | Credit: Nguyen Duy Anh / Giao Luu Bo u – Chuot Lang

The dosage of Revolution is administered differently for the weight of the animal itself. Keep in mind, We should not use this product on a guinea pig that weighs less than 340g.

Here is the ml needed for the weight of guinea pigs in grams: 0.12ml for 240-280grams

Remember that the dosage should be properly calculated, so it is still best to have your veterinarian compute the exact dosage.

How To Apply Revolution for Guinea Pigs

For any medication, please always check the label and instructions before administering.

How to apply Revolution: 

  1. Sanitize your hands and the area where you will place the guinea pig first to avoid contamination.
  2. Wear gloves when applying
  3. Open the pack of Revolution
  4. Open the tube of Revolution by punching a hole using the cap of the tube
  5. Pull back the hair along the neck of the guinea pig to expose the skin
  6. Drop the Revolution directly on the skin of the guinea pig
  7. Avoid contact with your own skin, if ever this happens, wash immediately, and thoroughly.

Calculate dosage first, be sure to administer only the recommended dose which is in proportion to the weight of the guinea pig.

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How Often Should You Revolutionize Your Guinea Pig?

Keep in mind, that Revolution is a spot-on treatment, it only works to kill fleas, ticks, and mites. It’s not something that prevents these, so only revolutionize when needed, and as advised by your veterinarian.

Do not apply Revolution when not advised. This is a medicine and not vitamins, this is not something that should be administered daily, only when your guinea pigs have fleas, ticks, or mites.

How Long Does It Take for Revolution to Efficacy On Guinea Pigs?

Revolution takes effect usually in the first 4 to 8 hours, but several days are needed before Revolution reaches its full effectiveness. It is also applied usually on a 4-week period, twice a day to make sure full effectiveness takes place against fleas.

Effects usually last for 10-14 days, as Flea Larvae also hatches in this time, so apply all throughout the 4-week period in order to break the flea “life cycle”.

Risks of Overdosed Revolution

Too many doses of Revolution can cause health issues such as skin irritation, and hair loss, and in some worst cases, even death. Sometimes the mites become more immune to Revolution the longer you use it, so it is important to only use it when needed.

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Wrapping Up

It is painful for us to watch our pigs suffer, so it is important to have them regularly checked up by the vet. Only your local veterinarian can give you the proper dosage, administering, and whether should you give your pig Revolution.

Revolution is only effective for ticks, mites, and fleas, it is not a substitute for any other medication, and should not be used as vitamins. Remember, prevention is still better than cure! We hope that the information in this article has been useful to you.

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