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Parasites…. 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 prevention. 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?
Timmy The Tapeworm (or what is that thing coming out of my dog’s rump?)
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!
Did 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.
Your 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?
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!
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®