Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump…Literally! #SentinelSpectrum

Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump…Literally! #SentinelSpectrum
Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump...Literally! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum http://blogp.ws/SentinelInfoThis post is sponsored by Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. All compensation received through this campaign awareness about protection against common parasites found in dogs, is a part of our giving campaign to animal rescues, shelters, and spay and neutering. Here at MattieDog® we only share information we feel is relevant to you, our readers. To learn more about this product, click here. Virbac is not responsible for the content of this article: Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump….Literally! #SentinelSpectrum 

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

Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump...Literally! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum http://blogp.ws/SentinelInfoTraveling 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.

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Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump...Literally! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum http://blogp.ws/SentinelInfoHonestly, 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!

Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump...Literally! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum http://blogp.ws/SentinelInfoNational Trends, Share What You Know About Parasites and Thanks!

Parasites Can Be A Pain In The Rump...Literally! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum http://blogp.ws/SentinelInfoFor 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!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

 

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34 Comments

  1. Important information to get your pets checked out with their vets and to get preventative medications that can help.

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  2. So important to stay on top of treatment! Great post, thanks for sharing!

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  3. It’s so important to pick a preventative and stick with it! We just refilled ours.

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  4. Ticks are now a big problem where I live. (Even found one on me last year – ick). I wish there was tick prevention for humans.

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    • Ticks! Eek! It is so important to be vigilant about those buggers!

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  5. It is so important to keep up with heartworm prevention. However, since my dog has lymphoma, I give it only during the months that we have mosquitoes and leave it out in the winter.

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    • We ran in to that – timing with other care, etc., as we’ve adopted aging pups for palliative care and all came with serious illnesses. Bless you’re heart and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. It doesn’t get cold enough down here to kill mosquitoes and we see them buzzing around inDecember! I give my boys Sentinel Spectrum too.

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    • In Seattle, mosquitos have not been too big of a deal (regardless of season) – but boy, you go over the Cascade mountain range and it’s a whole other world – so we keep our pups fully protected!

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  7. Year round protection is key! Thanks so much for sharing your informative post! I don’t think I realized how long it took for heartworm to be discernible in pups!

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    • We didn’t either until we did some research – pretty amazing, isn’t it!

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  8. As a catowner it is always SO interesting to red and update ourselves on the dog community. I hear a lot of chat about ticks and thinks the more education and information the BETTER.

    There is always someone who may have an active small dog but who has not yet read enough about parasite prevention.

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  9. As a catowner it is always SO interesting to read and update ourselves on the dog community. I have heard a lot of chat about ticks in the run up to Summer, and think the more education and information the BETTER.

    There is always someone who may have an active dog but who has not yet read enough about parasite prevention.
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    • Thanks – we were not aware of the differences in pet parasite control until we researched this product! Gosh – we are always learning!

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  10. We travel with Mr. N too so he’s on a preventative all the time so he doesn’t bring bugs home!

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    • Us too – we couldn’t agree more!

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  11. This is very important information. Those parasites can definitely be a pain. I’m sure this info will help a lot!

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    • We agree – so important to keep spreading the news about this info!

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  12. I wish more people would pay attention to parasites. So many overlook it until their dog has an uncomfortable problem. We haven’t tried this brand, but have heard great things!

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  13. Great reminder. I keep meaning to take Kilo to get a heartworm check and see about parasite prevention. Hate the little suckers. A challenge as he hates the vet.

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    • We are always careful as we head in to summer – we spend a lot of times hiking and so we need to be fully prepared!

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  14. Parasites are icky, great post with equally as good information.

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    • Thank you – and we agree, they are icky!

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  15. I wish there was a monthly parasite prevention treat for cats. Truffle and Brulee hate their topical treatment.

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    • We use to apply a topical for Spike, our 4 lb. Chihuahua – and yes, he hated it too!

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    • Yes indeed – it is so important to protect our fuzzy family members from these buggers!

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  16. It is really important to protect our pets from heartworm!

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    • Very – thanks for stopping by!

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