Momma Told Me: Don't Worry- Protect Your Dog Against 6 Common Parasites #SentinelSpectrum

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Don't Worry- Protect Your Dog Against 6 Common Parasites #SentinelSpectrum

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Momma Told Me: Don't fear, protect.

I am  bit of a worrier.

I worry so much that those around me need not worry- what I ponder and fret is enough to make up for them. You could say it comes from having encountered so much misfortune- but I don't feel it's a negative thing. If anything, my worrying only makes the nurturer in me stronger. After all, I'm not exactly sitting around expecting a house to fall out of the sky, or a tornado to pass through my Southern California home. No, what I worry about are the very practical things the average person prefers to blissfully overlook. Things that seem like a far shot, but are better off guarded against than winding up on the small side of a statistic. Things like heartworm.
Sentinel® Spectrum® is a delicious beefy bacon flavored chew you can give your dog once a month to prevent 6 common parasites in dogs; fleas, heartworm, tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm. As your vet about prescribing Sentinel® Spectrum® on your next visit! #sponsored
Heartworm might not strike an immediate chord with the average pet owner because it's often a problem that goes unnoticed until there's a very real, very dangerous, issue. And, if you're lucky enough to have gone your pet parenting career without encountering it you are either very lucky, or extremely diligent in your pet's health care.

Which is why I will say the next word.

Fleas.

Everyone can identify with fleas- even those who have no pets in their home at all.

So, while heartworm is very dangerous to dogs, fleas are a much more visible, common encounter for the pet parent. Both are part of the 6 most common parasites found in dogs. Rounding out the list is hookworm, roundwom, tapeworm, and whipworm- each as unpleasant and dangerous as they sound.
Sentinel® Spectrum® is a delicious beefy bacon flavored chew you can give your dog once a month to prevent 6 common parasites in dogs; fleas, heartworm, tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm. As your vet about prescribing Sentinel® Spectrum® on your next visit! #sponsored
When Nora was a puppy we had her visiting the vet regularly for her scheduled rounds of vaccination and shots. Once those were complete we continued with bi-annual check-ups and visited with our family vet. I am constantly surprised to hear how many friends and family members cease veterinary visits after those initial puppy years. Most dog parents 'treat' for fleas in their own home with "adulticides" (products intended to kill adult fleas) and only visit the vet when they feel their pet is behaving oddly, or feeling poor. Most of my friends and family had never even heard of heartworm in dogs, let alone tapeworm, hookworm, whipworm, and roundworm.

Unfortunately nearly 300,000 dogs in the U.S. contract heartworm each year causing lack of energy, weight loss, breathing complications and even lung damage or death if left undiagnosed and untreated. And, while heartworm is contracted through contact with an infected mosquito, it's virtually impossible to know whether your dog has come into contact with one without regular screening at the vet. This can be especially scary since both indoor and outdoor dogs commonly come in contact with mosquitos throughout the year.
Sentinel® Spectrum® is a delicious beefy bacon flavored chew you can give your dog once a month to prevent 6 common parasites in dogs; fleas, heartworm, tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm. As your vet about prescribing Sentinel® Spectrum® on your next visit! #sponsored
How do you protect your dog against heartworm?

Thankfully there's an easy new prescription chewable you can give your dog once a month in the comfort of your own home. With a beefy bacon flavor, the once a month Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® chewable doses combat 6 major parasites found in dogs, fleas, heartworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, and roundworm. (Click here to learn more about Sentinel® Spectrum®.) That's right, you can prevent fleas while treating for 5 types of parasitic worms. For me this is a big convenience, especially since Sentinel Spectrum is so easy to dose (mess free) and in a treat form dogs will happily take.

Sentinel® Spectrum®'s unique formulation effectively prevents heartworms from infecting your dog while preventing flea eggs from hatching. As a paraciticide it stops flea eggs from developing, cutting flea infestations by forbidding them to repopulate. The fleas you may see in your home are typically only the tip of the iceberg- adult fleas make up about 5% of the flea population, with a whopping 95% being eggs and immature fleas living in the environment. Sentinel® Spectrum® stops the life cycle of fleas in your home anytime new fleas are introduced to your dog's environment, all while protecting against heartworm and other common parasites.
Sentinel® Spectrum® is a delicious beefy bacon flavored chew you can give your dog once a month to prevent 6 common parasites in dogs; fleas, heartworm, tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm. As your vet about prescribing Sentinel® Spectrum® on your next visit! #sponsored
While you likely treat and actively prevent against fleas in your home, there are many reasons why your dog might not have been recently tested for heartworm, or why they are not currently being given a preventative care regimen for it. Finances, time, or a simple lack of knowledge all lead to this simple oversight. Thankfully your veterinarian can test your dog for heartworm with a simple test (results given in same visit) and prescribe Sentinel® Spectrum® in 6 or 12 Month packages. Most importantly to those pet parents who often delay routine checkups or preventative care due to budget, #SentinelSpectrum is priced very affordable as a 6 parasite prevention formula. It's available in 4 different dose sizes (based on dog weight) and can be prescribed for dogs ages 6 weeks and older. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian today for more information.
Sentinel® Spectrum® is a delicious beefy bacon flavored chew you can give your dog once a month to prevent 6 common parasites in dogs; fleas, heartworm, tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm. As your vet about prescribing Sentinel® Spectrum® on your next visit! #sponsored
If mosquitoes aren't prominent in your area it's likely you've hardly heard of heartworm prevention, if at all. And while I tend to err on the side of worry, there's no reason not to preventatively treat your dog for heartworm when the treatment option is as versatile, easy to dose and affordable as Virbac Sentinel® Spectrum®. No matter where you live you certainly encounter fleas, a good enough reason to choose Sentinel® Spectrum®- which means your dog also has the potential to come in contact with parasites such as tapeworm, hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm. Why not prevent them all in one, delicious to your dog, monthly chew? It's as easy as asking about Sentinel® Spectrum® on your dog's next annual visit to the vet and learn about a money saving rebate.

What Daughter Says: There are plenty of unknowns one can worry about in this life- parasite protection for your dog doesn't have to be one of them.



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

17 comments:

  1. Sounds like Virbac is a good solution. Your dog is so cute, also!

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  2. We give our dog the heartworm pills that our vet gives us. We also have to give him a lot of flea & tick treatments because we live in a very wooded area.

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  3. We constantly take our dogs hiking and we also live in the middle of forrest land. I think I pull ticks off my dogs daily. I have one dog that is so sensitive to everything we give her to control ticks and fleas that we are having a hard time finding one she can take. I will ask my vet about the Sentinel. I do not recall trying this brand yet.

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  4. Norm is headed to the vet in 2 weeks to discuss this very thing. Spring and summer in South Dakota are beautiful but can be very dangerous for pets.

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  5. When we had a dog we did use some products cannot remember what they were though. The next time we get what we do the same thing as I know heartworm can really kill a dog and honestly I don't want fleas in my house.

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  6. Oh my goodness, what an adorable dog you have! We just moved to farmland and I'm worried my dog is going to pick something up! Sentinel sounds great!

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  7. Such a cute dog! We have 3 dogs, and we are always worried about our dogs and spend a ton at the vet to make sure they are always protected! Sentinel sounds like its worth checking out! - jeanine

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  8. I had no idea about that statistic! 300,000 dogs?! Me oh my, I should show this to one of my close friends - she has a dog and I didn't realize how common heartworm could be.

    Lisa Favre
    marblecrumbs.com

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  9. We don't have a pet, but I can understand the importance of taking care of one. I will have to pass along this post to my dad who has a dog.

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  10. Your darling little dog steals the show in photos! I totally agree it is important to protect our pets against preventable diseases.

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  11. I just have a cat, but I know how I feel about protecting her. I can see it's equally important to protect your dog!

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  12. We don't have a pet yet but if we will buy this would be helpful! Thanks for this, I will save it.

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  13. We don't have a dog but this is important information to our friends that day!

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  14. Often we forget how much we need to protect our pets from the world at large.

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  15. What a cute little dog. We just got our first dog. I guess I need to worry about stuff like this now.

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  16. Oh, what an incredibly adorable pup!! Yes, those precious members of our family need protected!

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  17. I have a dog and he comes into contact with so much stuff through the year. So I really worry about worms and him getting fleas or ticks. We use something that we get from the vet to prevent worms.

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