Selamectin for Dogs

Selamectin is one of the most powerful antiparasite drugs that is available for the treatment of fleas and ticks on your pet's body. If you have tried other ways of protecting your dog from these pests but have not yet found success, selamectin may be one of your best options. This powerful drug is available through a veterinarian's prescription only, so it is necessary that you consult with your vet before you'll be able to give the medicine to your pet. Read on for a brief overview of how selamectin works to treat your pet's flea and tick problem.

Selamectin Overview

Selamectin is an example of a drug classified as a semi synthetic avermectin. This type of drug works to eliminate fleas, ticks and some other types of worms by interfering with the nervous systems of those parasites. It is extremely effective and is oftentimes used as a catchall drug to eliminate parasites of a variety of types. This medicine can even be used to prevent heartworm.

This drug is more commonly known by the brand name label drug called Revolution. It is approved and designed solely for use in animals.

Using Selamectin for Your Pet

Selamectin is provided as a topical ointment. The drug is designed to be placed on your pet's skin, where it will be absorbed into the subcutaneous layer of skin and will then transfuse throughout your pet's body. The medicine itself is powerful enough that even a small quantity can help to kill any fleas or ticks that bite your pet's skin for up to thirty days. It is not, however, effective against juvenile parasites or at removing or eliminating eggs from on your pet's body.

This drug is available in a range of different pipettes and tubes. The size of the pipette that you use will be dependent upon your dog's overall weight and size. It may also depend upon his other health conditions as well, so it's important that you inform your vet of any other concerns that you have about your dog, as well as any other medicines that he's taking. In most cases, the medicine will be applied to the back of your dog's neck.

Side Effects and Risks of Selamectin

Selamectin is generally considered safe for use in animals of all ages and types. However, it should be avoided if at all possible in animals that are younger than 6 weeks of age or that are underweight. Like other drugs, it does carry the risk of certain side effects. The most common of these side effects include the following:

  • Minor hair loss around the site of application
  • Irritation around the site of application
  • Gastric upset, including vomiting and diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle tremors

Many of these side effects are associated with the accidental ingestion of the drug. It's crucial that you report any side effects to your vet as quickly as possible, and also that you prevent your dog from ingesting the medicine.