Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! #SentinelSpectrum

Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! #SentinelSpectrum
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Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum…. they are a bummer! Most people easily recognize the standard parasites, fleas and heartworm and the like, but did you know that the 6 most common ones aren’t easily treated with one product? Six types of parasites you say? Yikes! Yup, grosserito – these include: the two mentioned above, plus hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm. That’s a lot of worms! With one monthly beef or bacon flavored chew you can protect your pup against these potentially serious and health altering buggers! So yes, parasites are a bummer-stop bugging, have a chat with your dog’s veterinarian about Sentinel® Spectrum®.

What Makes Sentinel Spectrum So Earth Shattering?

While there are other flavored chew-based products, Sentinel Spectrum has taken a great approach to parasite Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum Each little tasty chew is intelligent in its’ approach to defending your pet inside and out: treating immature (no, not like Wayne’s World immature) heartworm larva and preventing them from turning into adult worms. It protects against several other common types of worms as it stops the invader at the source, halting the maturation that can occur in your dog’s heart or lungs (heartworms) as well as (other types of worms) the liver, GI and occasionally muscle or eye. It will treat and control whipworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms and this can easily help prevent the need for other deworming, and this can save you time and money.

Are Intestinal Parasites A Big Deal?

Intestinal parasites, including hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, are worms that invade your dog’s digestive system and can cause serious health problems for your pet.

Timmy The Tapeworm (or what is that thing coming out of my dog’s rump?)

Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum

So, you know that my husband and I foster rescue dogs. They come from very hard to imagine living conditions. The need to get dogs out of these conditions is the priority, making sure they are safe is the primary concern. Sometimes these dogs are transferred with worms or ‘catch’ worms during transport. How did we find this out, you might ask? One night while sleeping, one of our fosters was clearly trying to itch his rump…..non-stop. After about a half an hour of this nonsense my husband and I turn on the lights to check out what’s going on. What’s going on!?! It’s a little white worm crawling out of one of the dog’s rumps! Eh gads! Long story short, we spent the entire night dealing with Timmy the Tapeworms choo-choo-chooing out the pup’s rump, and in the morning we went to the vet’s office and got an education on treating tapeworms. Let me give you this piece of advice – you’ll want to proactively treat your pup’s against Timmy. It’s okay…you can say, “Eh, gross” if you want to!

They Are Called Heartworms…But They’ve Got Nothing To Do With Love!

Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #ComingSoon you know that on average 300,000 dogs in the US. contract heartworms each year? How? From infected mosquitoes – squitos(!), they aren’t just crazy buzzing things that bug you when you go camping. Mosquitos pose a threat to healthcare in general and can transfer serious disease as well as cause heartworms in untreated critters. Heartworms cause lack of energy, weight loss, and most seriously, breathing problems – and if left untreated, then heartworm disease can cause heart and lung damage and even death. So while the word heartworm, may sound cute – there is nothing cute about them, the term is where the infestation occurs. And indoor and outdoor dogs are at risk year-round—no matter where you live. Annual screenings with a simple blood test are important to help detect heart worm disease – you’ll want to do this for your Fido prior to starting your dog on Sentinel Spectrum.


Fleas? Please!

Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum house is clean right? Of course it is! Well….sometimes, you just can’t clean enough or ‘clean’ has nothing to do with it. 95% of the flea populations develops in the environment….not on your dog. Um. Yeah, so there’s that to worry about now – you’re welcome! Fleas are nasty little buggers that, let’s be real, if you have a dog, you’ll likely find one at some point – but the real problem is the fleas you don’t see. It’s not like fleas are loners. Oh, and yup, any flea you can see only make up a small portion of the population, while the fleas you can’t see are able to survive in a home for up to 1 year before ever finding a host….hey, maybe not so bad if you can get a flea to pay rent! Honestly though, a flea can be found and squished. Flea eggs and larvae? Not so much – and this is where Sentinel Spectrum is a rock star (or flea killer)! It addresses these buggers at their source – no more blood sucking fleas (While Dracula is a cool blood sucker, fleas are not)!

Fleas...Please! Why Should You Care?

Where there’s one flea, there could be hundreds more waiting to hatch. Fleas on a dog are only the tip of the iceberg. Only 5% of fleas are adults, the other 95% are eggs and immature fleas living in the environment.

Parasites Are A Bummer-Stop Bugging! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum To Give To Your Pooch – Plus a Rebate!

Stand back buckeroos, this is one of the easiest preventative treatments you’ll give to your pup – and there’s a rebate up to $25! Sentinel Spectrum was designed in way that will have your dog happily taking his monthly dose – bacon or beef flavor, your pup will consider it just like any other tasty treat. The flavor tabs are so enticing that there’s need to hide in cheese or sneak in to a piece of meet or some other thing to mask smell or flavor. Oh and hey, if your pup is one of those kind that will just gulp down anything that whiffs of bacon or beef then you’ll want to make sure you break the tablet into a few pieces to ensure it is fully effective once eaten. To make things easy for people like us, busy pet parents juggling a number competing priorities, Sentinel thoughtfully created a monthly text reminder – check it out here, we love it

Parasites Are A Bummer – Stop Bugging! #SentinelSpectrum

Yup, so while it’s true that parasites are a bummer – you can stop bugging! Parasite control is an important part of helping to proactively manage your pet’s health. Make an appointment to visit your vet, discuss the parasite concerns that you have for your dog, and then get your paws on Sentinel Spectrum.  Oh and don’t forget your rebate!

Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog


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Rebecca Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the human-animal bond. Known as "The Pet Lifestyle Guru™" at MattieDog (her heart dog)! Rebecca is an award winning writer that blogs about her life with her doggos, and sometimes about her husband who reluctantly agrees to participate in her shenanigans. Rebecca's work can be seen in numerous dog magazines, and in her books on Amazon.


  1. Fleas, tick, worms and heart worm! Not something anyone or any dog wants to deal with, but with preventative medications we can help our pets. Thanks for sharing this important information.

  2. Eeep! Nothing sounds more gross than dealing with a late-night visitation from a tape worm! Thanks for sharing! We will have to look into this item. We currently use something that just protects against heartworm…

    • We couldn’t agree more – it was the gift that just kept giving! We were so freaked out we texted a photo to our vet friend. He let us know that night is when the little fellas like to come out…. yeah, that didn’t help but at least we learned a few tips and got to the vet first thing in the AM!
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  3. ‘Tis the season for…bugs, worms, ticks, you name it. Great informational post!

  4. We’ve been using the regular Sentinel for years… has worked great for us so far.

  5. I used Sentinel last year and it was awesome, will most probably get it again this year

  6. Ewww. That sounds really gross. Mr. N will eat Sentinel without any extras and he’s picky!

  7. Thanks for the review! It’s so important to keep our dogs protected against these parasites!

  8. We get a monthly treatment for fleas, ticks, and heartworms even though we never go outside. We live in the South and we have lots of bugs!

  9. Eek, bugs, fleas, ticks oh my. Thanks for all the information and how we can get it under control. Great post.

  10. Parasites are no fun! I am always leery of overloading my animals with chemicals, but I like the idea of an all in one so I don’t forget something. Does this cover ticks too?
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  11. There is nothing worse than parasites 🙁 We’ve heard of the Sentinel Spectrum but so far have not switched. We may have to look into it. It sounds easier than our current monthly treatments.

  12. Fleas can survive one year in a house without a host!!!! That’s crazy and now I’m kind of freaked out. I definitely will inquire with my vet about Sentinal. Thanks for the informative post and now all of a sudden I feel itchy!

  13. Great info here, thanks! I like that the heartworm medication also treats for other types of worms, very helpful. That tapeworm story with your foster dog must have really creeped you out!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  14. Great info on how to defend your pup from all those nasty bugs and parasites .


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