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Is SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® Right for Your Dog #SentinelSpectrum

This post is sponsored by Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness about protection against common parasites found in dogs but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. More Information about Sentinel Spectrum . Virbac is not responsible for the content of this article.

By now you’ve already seen my previous posts about the amazing benefits SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® offers your dogs. But do you know how to properly protect your pooch from Fleas and Tapeworms?

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In a recent survey 80% of respondents said that heartworm protection was either a High or Very High priority to them as pet parents. Many respondents felt that protecting their canines from parasites was top priority. Protecting my pooches from 6 of the most common parasites is top priority for me, and should be for you to. Ask your veterinarian if SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® is right for your dog.

  • 84% of respondents said that flea protection was either a High or Very High priority for them as a pet parent.
  • 79% of respondents said that they provide their dog flea prevention all year long whereas 20% said that they only provide flea prevention during the spring and summer months.
  • 70% of respondents said that a dog can contract tapeworms from ingesting just one infested flea.
  •  90% of respondents said that tapeworm segments can be found near a dog’s anus, in feces and/or where he lives and sleeps.

6 most common parasites

Some dog owners may not know that year round prevention is important for protecting against  6 of the most common parasites. Especially since fleas can populate a home and its surroundings so quickly. I used to think that if I could not see fleas on my dogs I did not have a flea problem. Yet they kept scratching, and I couldn’t understand why they were scratching so much when I did not physically find fleas on them. The thing about fleas is that the fleas you can see only make up a tiny portion of flea population. The fleas you can’t see can live for up to a year with a suitable host! This is scary news for dog owners who want a flea free environment since dogs are a great host. However Egg production begins within 20 to 24 hours of females taking their first blood meal. Female fleas can produce 40 to 50 eggs per day. Under normal conditions, most adult fleas generally survive 2-­‐3 months.

SENTINEL SPECTRUM contains Lufenuron, a unique ingredient that prevents fleas from developing into adults. Is not light sensitive, and because Sentinel Spectrum delivers protection via a chew it cannot be washed off. It is also evenly distributed throughout the pet’s system. It stops flea eggs and maggot-­‐like flea larvae from developing into adult targeting the majority of the flea problem thus preventing re-infestation and preventing infestation before it starts. I personally have enjoyed using Sentinel because both of my dogs are long haired- making it difficult to find a good spot to place topical treatment. My upstairs neighbor also does not treat her animals, so our apartment has seen an increase in flea production. SENTINEL has helped significantly decrease flea production in our apartment. Protection against fleas also helps prevent tapeworm, since fleas that your dog eats could be infested with them. In speaking about ingesting things, dogs are icky creatures, and they won’t pass up a tasty treat even if that tasty treat happens to be a dead animal. Ingesting dead animals dogs find while on walks can result in tapeworm infestation. Tapeworm infections are usually diagnosed by finding segments which appear as small white worms. Small white worms can appear on the rear end of your dog, in your dog’s feces, or where your dog lives and sleeps. SENTINEL SPECTRUM is a great tool for the fight against hardy pests like fleas, tapeworms, and heartworm.
If you are interested in trying Sentinel Spectrum there is a rebate for it here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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