On 3/15/00 I asked my Vet for a Heartworm preventive for my 2 year old
Australian Shepherd, Sage. They recommended Revolution. It was applied
on 3/15/00. On 3/20/00 Sage developed a cough, but she was otherwise
fine. She had had a bath at the Vet on 3/15/00 also, so I decided to
watch her for further symptoms. On 3/23/00 she was fine until late
afternoon when she became quiet and didn't want to play. By 7pm that
night, she had trouble opening her left eye and whimpered when she
jumped down from the couch or bed.
In the past, Sage always had a tendency to bruise easily. She had
sensitive skin and worry an area until it bruised. She had no trouble
with her blood clotting and had been previously spayed. She now had
bruising on her body.
When I took her to the Vet, he asked if she had been in rat poison. I
informed him that she was an inside dog and only went out to play with
the kids and to use the bathroom. My neighbors have pets and do not put
They also asked if she had had a blow to the head because there was
blood in the whites of her eyes that was not there yesterday. I stated
that she was not hit in the head. I asked if it could be the Revolution
and was informed that it could not be. I told my vet that was the only
thing that Sage had been exposed to. He did a CBC and her platelets
were 87 and WBC count was 27,000. her Hct was 37. He treated her for
infection and rat poisoning and sent us home. Within 3 hours she was
falling over. I rushed her back to the Vet and he kept her until 5pm
that afternoon. I brought her home after they said she was doing
At 6pm she was again falling over and I called my Vet back and was
informed to bring her back the next day.
By 11pm, she was bleeding from her nose and had vomited with streaks of
bright red blood. My husband and I drove her to an ER clinic in
Savannah, GA and was told that it was either a tick born disease or
rat poisoning or a blow to the head. I again asked if could be the
Revolution and was informed no.
They kept her and treated her as my vet. When I called at 6am, I was
informed that she was having seizures but she was otherwise stable. I
was worried about a subdural hematoma and talked with my Vet. He
suggested I take Sage to Charleston, SC to see a Specialist. She
arrived there at 4:30pm.
When I gave her history, I again asked if it could be the Revolution and
was informed no. Later that night Sage continued to have seizures and
she bled into the orbits of her eyes, but they said there was still
At 6:45am they called and said Sage had arrested and was on a
ventilator. We asked that they let her go. This has been devastating to
my family. We loved that dog. She was a family member. At 10am, the
clinic called and asked for an autopsy. They informed me that another
dog had died last month there, with symptoms the same as Sage. The dog
was an inside dog and the only thing different was that the owner had
started Revolution. The dog died of low platelets and intracrannial
hemorrhage just like Sage. The vet in Charleston called the Revolution
people and they are paying for Sages autopsy.
They also paid for the other dogs autopsy. That autopsy showed low
platelets and intracrannial hemorrhage from a toxin. (? Revolution was
the only toxin the owners had given). I will not know the results of
the autopsy for a month, but I believe it was the Revolution. If 2 dogs
have died in the Savannah-Charleston area in the last month, how many
Please spread the word for owners to be careful about using this drug on
their dogs. No dog should suffer like my Sage suffered.
Thanks for Listening,