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Most of you know that we live in Seattle in the great state of Washington. It’s a really cool place to live – home to the sparkling Puget Sound, one of the largest ocean inlets in the world, glorious peak-filled mountains, and millions of acres of national and state land. We often take the long drive from Seattle through the North Cascade mountains to visit the Methow Valley. The ‘Methow’ is amaze-balls – it feels like home to our family, nestled in the mountains with numerous glacial-filled rivers for salmon fishing, and thousands of miles of trails for riding horses and skijoring.
Nature Is Glorious, and Wild – So Keep Your Pups Protected With #SentinelSpectrum
Traveling as much as we do, we rely on year-around parasite protection to help keep our pups healthy – you just can’t be too careful when your goofball, long-haired Shih Tzu’s like to play in rivers and stroll along the trails that often have wildlife critter scat and deer, cow and horse ‘dumps’ strewn, well, wherever wildlife like to roam. Hey, it’s nature – it’s not like you can just pick up cow patties in a doggy bag! And yes, there are mosquitos and sometimes you can even run in to fleas here and there, lurking in the tall, thick wild grasses. Even in the winter, while we are out skijoring – or more likely in our case: pulling our small dogs behind us in a cross country ski carrier making our way through groomed trails – you have to be cautious of scooting around the cougar and coyote droppings and the like. We live an active lifestyle and our pups are always with us, often getting in to all sorts of things – even though we watch them like hawks! That’s why we have them take a once month Sentinel® Spectrum® beef flavor chew and protect them from Heartworm, Fleas, Hookworm, Roundworm, Tapeworm, and Whipworm.
PhD in Parasites – Year Round Treatment
Honestly, both indoor and outdoor dogs are at risk year-round—no matter where you live. Seriously, they are gross….and pose a very real risk to your pet’s health. Take a peek at my earlier post where I share how we learned more than anyone would ever want to know about hookworms. Heartworms come through the bite of an infected mosquito…how do you know which mosquitos are infected? You don’t and can’t know, it’s not like they are wearing a sign..so first things first: get your pup in for his annual screenings to help detect heart worm disease, and when given the all clear get your pup on #SentinelSpectrum! Also, heartworms take months to develop and you likely won’t notice any signs until your fuzzy one needs serious veterinarian intervention and treatment – it takes approximately six months from the time of initial infection until detection as the test detects adult worms. So, don’t miss a dose – oh and yes, fleas can live well in to the cold, inhospitable season by making a nice cozy home underneath porches and decks, on farm animals, wildlife, in your furniture, etc., and end up on your pup…. so, don’t be fooled! Parasites can wreak havoc with you and your pet in a variety of ways, including small irritations to life-threatening if not properly treated. You’ll want to check out the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommendations for how to treat parasites, 365 days a year, every year, to help your pup stay healthy and everyone, including your household, free from parasites and infestations!
National Trends, Share What You Know About Parasites and Thanks!
For us, our heaven is in a valley in a mountainous and nature-filled part of the US – so we proactively treat our pups with parasite control; and, parasite trends expect to see an increase or higher than level transmission rates, at least for heartworms, for the United States. Check out this totally awesome, interactive parasites prevalence map – just put in some info and viola, you’ll get all of the helpful data you can take in to help you understand the potential risks for your area. So, I think it’s fair to say that you’ll want to check out #SentinelSpectrum – a good defense is the best offense! Sentinel is conducting a survey to find out how much pet owners know about fleas, heartworm and parasites in order to create an infographic to help people protect their dogs from parasites. All answers are confidential: take the survey here and then swing by the Sentinel Spectrum website for parasite information, sign-up to receive monthly treatment reminders, and some awesome rebates.
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!®