Get Rid of Fleas and Tapeworms with #SentinelSpectrum

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But have you known a dog to praise his fleas? – W.B. Yeats 


If Mr. N had to rank the world’s evils, he would probably categorize them as one, not being able to go with me everywhere, two, fireworks and three, fleas. His flea allergy send him into a licking, biting frenzy and then we have to cone him and give him allergy medication. He shows his disapproval by using the cone as a weapon and jamming it into our legs. 
The fleas that you see on your dog are a tiny percentage of the actual population while the rest can survive in a home for up to a year before finding a host. Even in cold climates, they can survive as adults on dogs, cats, wild mammals or in a pupal casing in protected environments. 
And they breed like… fleas. Female fleas start egg production within 20 to 24 hours of their first blood meal and they can produce 40 to 50 eggs per day. And under normal circumstances, the majority of adult fleas generally live for two to three months. If you do the math, that’s a lot of fleas crawling around your house and on your dog. 
Mr. N is bathed regularly due to having hair not fur. The payoff for barely shedding means high-maintenance grooming and frequent baths. It’s a price we are willing to pay. Mr. N has his own opinion on the matter. Such regular water exposure can be a problem when using topical flea treatments. 
Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® is a chew which means that it can’t be washed off (which is good because it is long lasting but side effects may be harder to eradicate) and is evenly distributed. Sentinel brand products work through an unique ingredient, Lufenuron which prevents fleas from maturing. The majority of fleas are flea eggs and maggot-like flea larvae. By stopping them from developing into adults, you can prevent re-infestation and infestation before it becomes a problem. Prevention is the best medicine.
Mr. N has found dead fish, rats, a raccoon, birds and more. 
The unholy trifecta for contracting tapeworms include ingesting fleas during self grooming, chewing and licking at a flea bite, and eating dead animals. Mr. N rarely gets the chance to eat dead animals and he’s more inclined to roll on them but he does enjoy a self-grooming session and flea bites mean lots of chewing and biting at the base of his tail where he tends to get bitten. 
If you see small white worms on your dog’s rear end, in their feces or where they live and sleep (i.e your home), your dog may have a tapeworm infection. And who wants worms in their house or bed? Mr. N is on year round flea and parasite prevention for precisely this reason. As few bugs as possible in the house.
Last month’s survey’s results were turned into an infographic. The majority of people stated that heartworm and flea protection were a high or very high priority. 79 percent said their dog is on flea prevention all year long while 20 percent said they only apply protection during the spring and summer. Survey participants were well-informed on tapeworm infestation with 70 percent saying a dog can contract tapeworms from infesting just one infested flea and 90 percent saying tapeworm segments can be found near a dog’s rear end, in feces and where the dogs lives and sleeps. 
Is your dog on a regular preventative? If you’re looking for a reliable parasite prevention method, ask your vet if SENTINEL SPECTRUM is right for your dog. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Janet Keefe

    June 17, 2016 8:05 pm

    These gross things definitely need to be kept away from our pets! I don't think anyone really likes those spot on treatments (our dogs would hate the ones that meant they couldn't swim for a while after putting them on), so chews seem like a good alternative to that.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  2. Dolly theDoxie

    June 20, 2016 1:57 am

    Mr N it's a good thing you are so cute because we have read every post about Sentinel! But, it sounds like a good product that we want to check out. Love Dolly

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  3. Sweet Purrfections

    June 20, 2016 4:03 am

    My mom's dog has an infection due to flea bites. He usually gets a topical treatment, but I think he missed it this past month because of my mom's back surgery. She needs to check into these chews.

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  4. Robin Mudge

    June 20, 2016 5:59 am

    Having a flea allergy would be so difficult for a pet! I'm glad that Sentinel is helping to keep those nasty fleas as bay. That is a great point about it not being able to be washed off. Between being bathed and swimming during the summer, that could be a huge problem for dogs.
    -Purrs from your friends at http://www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  5. Mary from YourDesignerDog.com

    June 20, 2016 6:26 am

    We use Sentinel in our home every month. My Sadie also has hair, not fur, so washing off the topical treatment is a problem here too. Sentinel chews are a great way to make sure my dog is protected, but not have to deal with the messy, smelly liquid.

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  6. Katie A.

    June 20, 2016 1:37 pm

    Sentinal is a great product. Thank you for sharing about the importance of protecting pets from fleas. They can get out of hand really quickly if you aren't careful!

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  7. Valerie

    July 22, 2016 1:51 pm

    These worms are so icky!! I give my friends a pill every 3 months and flea/tick spot-on liquids every month!! We had a tick incident a few weeks ago!! We have to keep our babies safe from these parasites!! Big kiss for Mr. N!!

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  8. The Broke Dog

    July 22, 2016 4:50 pm

    I use a topical flea and tick remedy currently and I'm always afraid I'll wash it off! The package says it's fine…but I always worry. A pill is a great idea!

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  9. Jane H

    July 22, 2016 11:34 pm

    My dog is on a topical and a pill preventative, per the vets recommendation. She also gets a bath once a week. Fleas and ticks are horrible where we live, when I adopted my dog she had flea dirt. So glad she is now free of them!

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  10. Rugby James

    July 23, 2016 2:55 am

    At the moment, Rugby is wearing an Amber Crown Flea and Tick collar. I like it because it's all natural and organic. He hates most chemical applications, and I really wanted to find something natural that he could tolerate well. So far, so good! 😀

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  11. The Daily Pip

    July 23, 2016 11:57 am

    I love that there are so many chewable flea protection options now. I was always really comfortable adding the chemical drops directly to Ruby's skin. She has so many skin sensitivities that it just didn't feel right.

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  12. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    July 24, 2016 12:51 pm

    I also use an oral flea preventative for my cats rather than a topical. I think it works so much better, as like you said it can't be washed off, and I don't have to worry about the cats ingesting the topical medication that isn't meant to be ingested! Glad to hear that Sentinel is keeping Mr. N Flea free 🙂

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  13. Elizabeth Keene

    July 24, 2016 11:02 pm

    Well, you already know how I feel about fleas…EW! Jon Farleigh is severely allergic to their bites, too (we've had them in the house, but thankfully, I got rid of them before we got infested, this time). An education about the flea lifecycle is SO important in managing them. Glad you found something that works for you!

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  14. Katie A.

    July 25, 2016 2:15 pm

    Luckily my two haven't ever had fleas since they have always been on preventative. However, we do have 4 dogs at my work that have fleas right now! We are giving them flea baths and the owner is going to the vet to get treatment for them.

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  15. FiveSibesMom

    July 27, 2016 2:18 am

    Mr. N sure is a cutie! Luckily, we've never had a flea problem with my Huskies, and yes, they are on a monthly topical preventative. I like that this one can't be washed off or leave greasy stains on the fur like topicals because it's a chew, however, with having had an epileptic Husky for years and always have to be careful of seizure triggers, the chew would not have been a good choice for him, even some of the topicals are not as they can be a trigger. But it's wonderful that this is a choice for others! Great post!

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