Save Bucks and Poo on Parasites #SentinelSpectrum

Save Bucks and Poo on Parasites #SentinelSpectrum
This 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: Save Bucks and Poo on Parasites! #SentinelSpectrum

Save Bucks – Yup, And Even ‘Poo’ on Parasites With a Rebate!

Save Bucks and Poo on Parasites! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum it comes to money who doesn’t want to save money? Nobody has money to burn – so here’s my secret. I like things easy, cost effective, and that work. That’s why we truly are enjoying SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®, it is one of the easiest preventative treatments you’ll ever give your pup – and there’s a rebate up to $25 to boot! We dig saving money – honestly, in this day and age, who doesn’t? So join us, save bucks and poo on parasites with #SentinelSpectrum! SENTINEL SPECTRUM is a ‘flavor ta style chew that will your dog will happily take each month – bacon or beef flavor, if your dogs are like mine, they will consider it just like any other tasty treat. No need to ‘hide’ it in something else, the flavor is enticing. To make things easy for busy pet parents juggling a number competing priorities, SENTINEL thoughtfully created a monthly text reminder, so heck it even gets easier – check it out here, we just love it!

But Come On Now, What Makes Sentinel Spectrum So Special?

ParasitesSave Bucks and Poo on Parasites! By Rebecca Sanchez at Mattie Dog #SentinelSpectrum…. they are a bummer! And they’ve been around a long time, so what makes this particular parasite control so special, you ask? Well, I’ll be honest – and it’s a bit hard – but here we go. Spike, our little 4.5 pound Chihuahua about 4 years ago suffered a reaction from parasite prevention. Your thinking vomiting and such, right? Wrong – no, he had a very bad response and I found him on the floor unable to lift his body. It was scary and bad and I felt so horrible for having given him something without truly understand the risks. Most parasite control is for dogs larger than 5-8 pounds – and I got Spike’s parasite control from a vet, so what was to worry? Apparently a lot. Poor little dude. He saw a neurological specialist for a while and eventually he passed all of his tests and from that point on I gave him a natural essential-oil based spray. But, we have a country cabin where skeeters are almost as big as Spike – so I was always super careful and nervous. After doing a lot of studying and learning more about SENTINEL SPECTRUM I was so relieved to finally find a product that works for teeny, tiny tikes!

What are Parasites?

Now that we’ve found a great parasite control product that works for all of our fuzzy children, even our tiny one – we feel relieved to know we are fully protected. But protected from what I hear you wondering! 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? I can hear you from here: “Six!?!” Yup, it’s true there are a lot of gross and potentially life threatening parasites that can harm your pups. These include: the two mentioned above, plus hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm. That’sa lotta worms! With one monthly SENTINEL SPECTRUM yummy flavored chew you’ll give your pups the protection they need from sicko little parasites! SENTINEL SPECTRUM protects against several common types of worms it stops the invaders at the source, halting the growth cycle 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. When you get this type of of protection of SENTINEL SPECTRUM you’ll seriously guard against the need for other deworming, and this can save you time and money.

Survey Results and What Are the Facts? Year Round Protection? 

Remember my prior post where I asked my readers to take a survey to help identify what readers do and don’t know about parasites? Well, the results are in:

  • 80% of respondents said that heartworm protection was either a High or Very High priority to them as pet parents – yippee, that’s great news!
  • 84% of respondents said that flea protection was either a High or Very High priority for them as a pet parent – ditto!
  • 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 – I hear you, I used to do so online the warm weather, until I did my research and found out how long parasites can live!
  • 70% of respondents said that a dog can contract tapeworms from ingesting just one infested flea – yes indeed, I have some smart readers!
  • 90% of respondents said that tapeworm segments can be found near a dog’s anus, in feces and/or where he lives and sleeps – I know this one all too well, and yup, you can! you learn nothing else from the #SentinelSpectrum posts, know this: fleas you can see only make up a small portion of the flea population..the fleas you can’t see are able to survive in your home for up to 1 year before ever finding a host (learn more). Don’t let them use your pup as a suitable host!  Even in cold climates, fleas are pretty adept and survive, and when conditions are right, their 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; and under normal conditions, most adult fleas generally survive 2-3 months. Fleas are the Rambo of the parasite world! Tapeworms are pretty gross as well and not something you want to deal with, trust me. Dogs can contract tapeworm from ingesting fleas during self grooming, from ingesting fleas in response to a flea bite, and even from ingesting a dead animal. Tapeworm infections are usually diagnosed by finding segments which appear as small white worms – yup.. from the rear end of your dog, and in your dog’s feces or where your dog lives and sleeps. Tapeworms are somewhat like the Rocky of the parasite world! Apparently I’m rather fond of using Sylvester Stallone movies as metaphors for parasite facts!

Save Bucks and Poo on Parasites #SentinelSpectrum

We’ve been giving our pups SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® for about 4 months, and have been really pleased! Nothing bad to report, and we feel so relieved to find a quality, safe parasite product that we can give all of our dogs – not just those that are larger than single digit pounds. Plus, we’ve cashed in with our rebate and you should to, so don’t forget: here’s where you can get your rebate up to $25!  Parasites are nothing to sneeze at – 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.  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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  1. This makes me so nervous. At 3 pounds (3.5 at the end of winter) I have yet to find anything that doesn’t trigger some sort of massive side effect in my tiny boy. He takes sentinel by the way … but have found I need to stop after about 6 months. So we have him on a cycle (as per vet orders). He starts to take them in April before the snow thaws … that way it’s in his system by mid May. Then we stop in November.

  2. I know my vet prescribes that but I did not know that there was a rebate. I will pass this information along to those who I know use this..

    • We’re making it rain cash savings in here! 🙂

  3. Georgie is taking the Sentinel, and she really likes it. We just started a month ago, but so far so good! Thanks for sharing this helpful information!

  4. Great information we’ll consider Sentinel next time we need to purchase our flea protection. Love Dolly

  5. Awesome photos with this post! In addition to appreciating your cool shots, I agree with you about the importance of year round protection. I know it costs money, but the cost of dealing with parasites or illness far exceeds the monthly preventative cost. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Despite being on a year-round preventative medicine, Piper just had a bout of hookworm. The company we were using didn’t stand by their product so I will definitely be looking into Sentinal – especially since you clued me in to the rebate 😉


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