Protecting Your Furry Friends From Parasites #SentinelSpectrum
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As the weather is getting warmer and the sun is staying out longer, some of our furry friends are probably enjoying some time outside in the sunshine. Which I’m sure most of our furry friends just love. Summer is probably the time a lot of people think about protecting their dogs from parasites such as fleas,heartworm, tapeworm, and more. But did you know that you need year round protection for your outdoor AND indoor dogs? It’s true! As a dog owner of 3 I can promise you that having to deal with any type of parasites are no fun. So what can we do to help ensure the best bet that our dogs stay healthy and parasites free? Keep reading to find out!
Here is how you can help protect your dog year round from parasites:
Through the use of once monthly Sentinel® Spectrum® Beef Flavored chews you can protect your dog from Heartworm, Fleas, Hookworm, Roundworm, Tapeworm, and Whipworm. Sentinel® Spectrum® is a tasty chew that protects your dog against all 3 parasite groups:
2. Intestinal parasites – roundworm, whipworm, hookworm and tapeworm
(Available by prescription only, Sentinel® Spectrum® is available in 4 different sizes and can be used safely for dogs six weeks of age or older.)
First you will want to take your dog to see your vet. After being tested for heartworms you can pick up a prescription for Sentinel® Spectrum® and take comfort in the fact that your dogs will be protected!
Did you know that both indoor and outdoor dogs are at risk year-round—no matter where you live? Annual screenings with a simple blood test are important to help detect heartworm disease. Your dog needs to be protected for at least 6 months after it was last bitten by a mosquito to ensure that heartworms do not develop. The medications that they have now target the stages of the worms life for the first 3 or 4 months after the bite. There’s then a period where the medication won’t work until the worm becomes an adult at around 6 months. It’s so important that our dogs don’t miss a dose during the year round treatment.
Heartworms aren’t the only thing you have to worry about year round either. Often considered seasonal parasites (though they can be found any time of the year), fleas are amazingly hardy pests that in their immature stages can survive the most challenging conditions. They also have an amazing ability to infest locations where the environment is more hospitable, such as places where animals are housed, areas protected from cold (crawl spaces and under porches), upholstered furniture in homes and even interiors of automobiles. Find out more about these pests HERE/Dr. Paul is past Executive Director and CEO of the Companion Animal Parasite Council. He is a former president of American Animal Hospital Association, and has been part of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues
Just how much do you know about the 6 most common types of parasites?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum®. The opinions and text are all mine.